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Packers Lead Lions 23-0 At Halftime


Aaron Rodgers completed 19-of-23 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns, and Green Bay leads the Detroit Lions 23-0 at halftime at Lambeau Field.

The Packers scored a touchdown on the opening drive of the game, something they hadn't done at home since the 2007 season finale against the Lions. Wide receiver Greg Jennings made a one-handed grab over the middle on a third down for a 26-yard gain, and three plays later, Rodgers found wide receiver James Jones wide open down the right sideline. Jones hauled in the pass at the 15, made a nice cutback move on safety Marquand Manuel at the 10, and took it in for the 47-yard score.

Green Bay's defense helped the offense out right away, with defensive end Cullen Jenkins intercepting quarterback Daunte Culpepper's pass at the line on third down to give the Packers possession at Detroit's 17. It was Jenkins' first career interception.

The Packers moved the ball down to the 6, but guard Daryn Colledge was flagged for an unnecessary roughness penalty to move the ball back to the 21. Rodgers found tight end Jermichael Finley twice to pick up 17 yards, and then connected with fullback John Kuhn in the flat for a 1-yard touchdown to put Green Bay up 14-0.

The Lions' biggest scoring threat came late in the first quarter when they moved the ball to the Green Bay 21, but on fourth-and-1, running back Kevin Smith was stopped for a 1-yard loss by linebacker Clay Matthews and nose tackle B.J. Raji.

Mason Crosby added field goals from 46, 28 and 31 yards in the second quarter to push the lead to 23-0. The second kick was set up by a 45-yard punt return from cornerback Tramon Williams.

Jennings and Finley have five receptions each for 55 and 54 yards respectively. Matthews registered two sacks in the first half.

The Packers outgained the Lions, 227 yards to 79, in the first half.

Wide receiver Donald Driver caught a 5-yard pass on the Packers' second possession to become the franchise's all-time career receptions leader with 596, breaking Sterling Sharpe's mark of 595.

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