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Lions lead Packers, 14-3 at halftime

Posted Nov 6, 2017

Green Bay gets on board on final snap of half


GREEN BAY – Detroit put together a long TD drive and the Packers finally got on the board late in the first half, as the Lions took a 14-3 lead into intermission on Monday night at Lambeau Field.

Here's a recap of the first half.

First quarter:

It looked as though the Packers were going to score first, but the Lions did instead and took a 7-0 lead after one quarter.

The Packers won the toss and elected to receive. QB Brett Hundley completed his first four passes and also picked up a first down with a sneak. But the drive bogged down on a first-down sack by LB Tahir Whitehead at the Detroit 25, and K Mason Crosby had a 38-yard field goal try blocked by DT A’Shawn Robinson, as the snap from new long snapper Derek Hart was low.

The Lions appeared to be stopped on a three-and-out on their first drive, but a third-down personal foul on Packers DT Mike Daniels for a head butt kept Detroit’s drive and the Lions capitalized. A 15-yard pass to WR Golden Tate and an 11-yard run by RB Ameer Abdullah preceded a 25-yard TD pass from QB Matthew Stafford to WR Marvin Jones, who beat CB Davon House down the sideline. The PAT made it 7-0 Lions with 1:45 left in the quarter.

The Packers went three-and-out on their next drive, losing yardage on first and second down before Hundley scrambled on third down, coming up a few yards shy as the quarter expired.

Second quarter:

The Lions converted on third-and-10 with a 16-yard pass to Jones and followed with a 19-yard pass to TE Eric Ebron. Two tackles for loss set up third-and-16, which became third-and-11 after LB Clay Matthews jumped offside. Stafford’s pass for Ebron over the middle was incomplete, and K Matt Prater hit the crossbar from 55 yards out, no good.

The Packers couldn’t take advantage of the good field position, though, going three-and-out. Hundley’s third-down pass for WR Davante Adams along the sideline was broken up by CB DJ Hayden. P Justin Vogel’s punt, combined with a Detroit penalty, put the Lions on their own 9-yard line to start.

The Lions got moving again on a 9-yard completion to Abdullah, a 17-yard tip-toe sideline catch by Tate on third down, and a 10-yard pass to TE Darren Fells. Stafford converted another third down with a 15-yard pass to Tate to the Green Bay 24. Another pass to Tate for 9 plus two Abdullah runs for a total of 11 made it second-and-2 on the 4. Abdullah took it in from there, and with Prater’s PAT, the Lions led 14-0 with 2:47 left in the half.

The Packers got one first down at the two-minute warning on an 8-yard run by RB Ty Montgomery, one play after Hundley’s deep ball to WR Davante Adams went off his outstretched hand. A 9-yard run by Montgomery, 8-yard completion to WR Jordy Nelson, and 18-yard screen pass to Montgomery got the Packers to the Detroit 35, and Green Bay used its first timeout with 1:02 left.

Consecutive passes to Adams for 5 and 7 yards made it first down on the 23, and the Packers used their second timeout with 36 seconds left. A 2-yard sack forced the Packers to use their last timeout with 27 seconds left. After an incomplete pass, Adams caught an 8-yard toss over the middle, and the Packers had to run their field-goal unit onto the field to make a 35-yarder on the final snap. Crosby was good, making it 14-3.

 
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