Skip to main content

AP Story: Packers Fall To Lions, 22-14, At Detroit


Brett Favre's gambling style has helped him win three NFL MVP awards and plenty of games for Green Bay. It also cost the Packers a victory on Thanksgiving.

Favre was intercepted three times and lost a fumble, and the Detroit Lions relied on Jason Hanson's five field goals for a 22-14 victory, dealing the Packers' playoff hopes a blow.

"I guessed wrong a couple times and I was just off a couple times," Favre said. "That's going to happen in this league. They just made the plays."

Dre' Bly made the most of his chances, intercepting two passes to negate scoring opportunities for Green Bay. Bly also forced a Javon Walker fumble, setting up Hanson's go-ahead 49-yard field goal to make it 16-14 early in the fourth quarter.

The Lions (4-8) surpassed their victory totals from each of the past two seasons and extended their home winning streak to three games.

"I'm glad we had an opportunity to showcase our abilities in front of the world," Bly said.

The Packers (6-6) dropped 1 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Vikings, who will play Nov. 30 at St. Louis. Green Bay had won three of its previous four games to get back in the division race.

Green Bay's Mike Wahle said the Packers "absolutely" have run out of chances to make the playoffs.

"At 6-6, with four games left? You think 8-8 is going to get us in the playoffs?" he asked.

Green Bay coach Mike Sherman -- and many of his players -- said the Lions played their traditional Thanksgiving Day game with more passion than the Packers.

"This is their football game," Sherman said. "We knew that we were going to have to come out and play 60 emotionally charged minutes of football and we didn't do it. That's disappointing."

In addition to harassing Favre throughout, the Lions stifled running back Ahman Green, holding him to 57 yards. Green came in averaging an NFC-best 120.5 yards and had run for at least 100 in a franchise-record four consecutive games.

Green Bay is 21-2 when Green runs for 100 yards, but the standout didn't get close to that mark against Detroit's suddenly stingy defense.

"That was the key to the game," Detroit safety Corey Harris said. "I don't care if you're Brett Favre, Dan Marino or John Elway, if your team can't run, you're in trouble."

Favre broke his right thumb Oct. 19 against St. Louis, but on Thanksgiving he tied Forrest Gregg's team record by playing in his 187th consecutive game. It was also Favre's 185th start in a row, extending his NFL record for a QB.

It was not Favre's finest effort, however.

He was 23 of 37 for 296 yards with two touchdowns. But in the second half, he suffered the three interceptions and had the fumble. Favre's first two interceptions were hard-thrown balls directly at Bly, and the third was an up-for-grabs lob that Doug Evans snatched with about a minute left.

"We were never able to get Detroit on their heels, and that's how you win football games," Favre said.

On Detroit's first drive after taking the lead, Mike McKenzie made a diving interception. But on the next play, Favre fumbled, and he struggled to make it off the field after Shaun Rogers hit him.

Then, Hanson's 46-yarder gave the Lions a 19-14 lead with 9:17 to go. That was plenty of time for Favre to engineer a comeback, of course, but Bly made his sixth interception of the season and returned it 19 yards to Detroit's 46.

Eight plays later, Hanson's 32-yard field goal padded the Lions' lead with 3:34 left. Hanson has missed only one of 19 FG attempts all season.

Detroit's Joey Harrington was 21 of 32 for 183 yards and an interception and helped the Lions score on their first three drives. He completed 15 of his first 17 passes one game after getting intercepted four times in a loss at Minnesota.

"He was very efficient," Detroit coach Steve Mariucci said.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.