The Lion’s league longest ever losing streak on the road to one opponent was extended last night to 22 games as Detroit fell to the Green Bay Packers 27-to-20 at snowy Lambeau Field.
The Lions couldn’t hold a 14-to-0 first half lead and dropped their fifth straight with their last place record in the NFC North slipping to 4-and-9. The 9-and-4 Packers seized sole possession of first place in North with the victory while the Bears slid into second place after losing 21-to-14 yesterday at Minnesota.
Key plays that doomed Detroit included quarterback Matthew Stafford’s second quarter fumble when the ball flew out of his hand as he drew his arm back to pass and it was returned 43 yards by Green Bay for a touchdown to cut the Lion’s lead to 14-to-10.
And then on the Packer’s opening drive to begin the second half, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers was trapped in the pocket but scrambled away and ran untouched down the sideline for a 27-yard score to put the Packers ahead 17-to-14. Calvin Johnson had 118 yards receiving for Detroit to put him over 15-hundred yards for the season but it wasn’t enough to keep the Lions from suffering a third straight defeat while blowing a lead of 10-plus points, tying an NFL record shared by six other teams. Detroit Coach Jim Schwartz said the difference in the game was green bay taking advantage of untimely mistakes by the lions
The Lion’s offense took a blow when tight end Brandon Pettigrew left the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury and didn’t return. Detroit’s next game is Sunday at Arizona.
Yesterday’s highlights around the NFL included former Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins helping to rally the Washington Redskins to a 31-to-28 overtime victory against the Baltimore Ravens. Cousins, who was filling in when fellow rookie Robert Griffin the Third went down late in the second half, tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass with 29 seconds remaining and then ran a draw play for the 2-point conversion to tie the game.
Griffin suffered a sprained right knee and his condition will be updated today. The 7-and-6 Redskins have won 4 straight to stay in the thick of the race in the NFC East. Week 14 of the season wraps up tonight with matchup of AFC Division leaders as Houston plays at New England.