Packers needed an answer early and found one

TD drive early in second quarter countered Lions’ early punches

RB Aaron Jones

GREEN BAY – The Packers had to stop the game from getting away.

A key turning point in Sunday's 42-21 win over the Lions came late in the first quarter, when the Packers took over on their own 25-yard line, trailing 14-3. Detroit had scored on both of its possessions. Green Bay had bogged down just outside the red zone on its only drive and kicked a field goal.

But the Packers answered the bell when they had to with a nine-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that afterward QB Aaron Rodgers called the most important of the game. So it's also the Chevy Drive of the Week.

It started with a 4-yard run by RB Aaron Jones on the final play of the first quarter. After the teams changed directions, a defensive holding penalty on the Lions gave the Packers a first down. From there, it was pretty smooth sailing.

Rodgers hit Jones on a short crossing route that ruptured into a 22-yard gain. On the next three snaps, he connected with WR Davante Adams for 11 yards, RB Tyler Ervin for 4 and WR Allen Lazard for 10.

Jones did the rest, running twice for 7 yards and then, on third-and-3 from the 7-yard line, leaking out into the flat for an easy pitch-and-catch for the touchdown.

The Packers were right back in it at 14-10, and it started a run in which Green Bay scored 31 straight points after the early 14-3 deficit. Jones accounted for 45 yards on the drive, setting the stage for his career-best 236 yards from scrimmage – 168 rushing and 68 receiving – with three TDs in all.