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Packers Lead Lions 10-3 At Halftime

Vernand Morency’s 21-yard touchdown run with 2:48 left extended Green Bay’s lead to 17-9 over the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Lambeau Field. It was Morency’s second TD run on the day. He also scored on a 14-yard run in the first half. Earlier in the game, defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins had three sacks and quarterback Brett Favre surpassed the NFL career record for completions, beating Dan Marino’s previous mark of 4,967. - Halftime Summary | Gameday Packers-Lions Press Box Notes


In a sloppy first half at Lambeau Field, the Packers used three sacks from Cullen Jenkins and a 14-yard touchdown run by Vernand Morency to lead the Detroit Lions 10-3 at intermission on Sunday.

The Loins struck first with a 42-yard field goal by Jason Hanson. Jon Kitna completed passes of 11 yards to Roy Williams and 14 yards to Mike Furrey before Charles Woodson stopped Arlen Harris for a 1-yard reception on third-and-3, forcing the field goal.

Woodson aggravated his shoulder injury on the tackle but was back in on the next defensive series.

The Packers tied the score with a field goal of their own. Two plays after center Scott Wells and quarterback Brett Favre botched a snap, Green Bay got the ball back when Al Harris stepped in front of Williams, made a nice juggling interception and returned it 34 yards to the Detroit 28.

The Packers got as far as the 4-yard line but ultimately settled for a 24-yard field goal by Dave Rayner with 2:51 left in the first quarter.

Green Bay blew an opportunity early in the second quarter to take the lead. Favre completed five passes for 55 yards to give the Packers a first-and-goal on the 10, but after a 4-yard loss on a run by Green, Favre tried to hit Green on a short pass over the middle. But the throw was high, Green tipped it into the air, and Detroit's Jamar Fletcher intercepted it, ending the Packers' threat.

The Packers did take the lead on their next possession, though. Receptions by Donald Lee and Donald Driver converted a pair of third downs, and Morency broke through for a 14-yard touchdown run, putting Green Bay ahead 10-3 with 5:35 left in the half.

The Packers defense came up with a big stop shortly before halftime. With the Lions facing third-and-4 on the Green Bay 34, Harris caught a short pass but was stopped inches short of a first down by Nick Barnett. Then on fourth-and-short, Kitna fumbled while trying to pitch the ball into the backfield, and Jenkins recovered for the Packers.

On the ensuing drive, Favre surpassed the NFL career record for completions, hitting Carlyle Holiday for a 21-yard gain over the middle for his 4,968th career completion. Dan Marino held the previous record with 4,967.


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