GREEN BAY –
“I flat missed it,” the Packers kicker said of his 52-yard attempt on the final play of Sunday’s 18-16 loss to the Lions at Lambeau Field.
“I think I caught a little turf behind the ball. Disappointed. We had a chance to win there.”
“Just get it done,” Crosby said of his thoughts when he got a shot at a game-winner after his high-bouncing onside kick was recovered by the Packers with 31 seconds left. “Go out there and do my thing. I’ve been hitting the ball great this year. I felt really good on it. I’ve got to come through there.
“Obviously, with how the ball came off, I don’t know, my plant must not have been in the right spot.”
Punter and holder
Lions kicker Matt Prater missed two extra-point attempts in the game, one at each end of the field. He also made field goals of 49 and 51 yards, and Crosby made a 44-yarder.
“I know the footing wasn’t great in between the hashes,” Masthay said. “Did that play a role? I don’t know.”
Big recovery: Crosby’s onside spike-kick was executed to perfection, with the chop down on the top of the ball creating a high bounce that Lions receiver Calvin Johnson couldn’t handle.
Leaping high in the air amidst a sea of bodies, Johnson had the ball bounce off his shoulder pad, and Packers rookie cornerback
Randall’s only thought at that point was to protect the ball.
“Make sure I don’t let them take the ball from me,” he said. “In those scuffles, the referee really doesn’t see much, so I was just trying to hold onto the ball.”
It was the Packers’ first successful recovery of their own onside kick since Week 9 of 2013, when linebacker Jamari Lattimore did it against the Bears.
Tight end production: For the second straight game, both of
Richard Rodgers now has seven career TD receptions, second most in team history for a tight end in his first two seasons. Bubba Franks had 10 in 2000-01.
Injury update: The Packers reported three injuries after the game.