DETROIT - In a game that had the looks of an offensive shootout in the making, the Packers held a 17-14 lead at halftime over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday.
Brett Favre became just the second player in NFL history to throw 400 touchdown passes, as he connected with Greg Jennings on a 75-yard scoring play midway through the first quarter.
Facing third-and-5, Favre hit Jennings on a short hitch route, and Jennings turned up the sideline, got a key downfield block from Donald Driver, and took it all the way.
The Lions responded right away with a TD to tie the game at 7.
Jon Kitna beat a Green Bay blitz with a short dump-off to running back Shawn Bryson, who outran everyone for a 37-yard TD with 3:51 left in the first quarter.
The Packers got the lead back with a big play by the defense. Kitna tried to thread a pass to Corey Bradford, who was tightly covered by Ahmad Carroll. The ball was deflected into the air and picked off by Marquand Manuel, who turned and raced 29 yards for a touchdown.
Once again Detroit answered immediately, as Kitna hit Roy Williams for a 42-yard TD pass on the final play of the first quarter, tying the score at 14.
The fast paced slowed down somewhat in the second quarter, with the Packers taking the lead on a long, methodical drive. Completing passes to four different receivers, Favre drove Green Bay 69 yards in 13 plays to set up Dave Rayner's 24-yard field goal, giving the Packers a 17-14 lead with 7:51 left in the half.
The Packers had a great chance to extend their lead right before half, driving deep into Detroit territory. But a good gain on a shovel pass to Noah Herron that would have given Green Bay a first down inside the Detroit 10-yard line ended in a turnover, as Terrence Holt forced a fumble and Paris Lenon recovered for the Lions.