The Green Bay Packers edged out the Detroit Lions in a close encounter at Lambeau Field on Monday Night Football.
Mason Crosby drilled a 23-yard field goal as time expired to win the game 23-22, although it appeared the home team got lucky as the call subsequently looked to be incorrect.
Matt Patricia’s Lions rushed into a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, but an Aaron Rodgers inspired comeback brought the Packers back into the game as he completed 24 of 39 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns. The veteran was also especially complimentary afterwards about rookie receiver Allen Lazard, who picked up his first NFL touchdown.
Jamaal Williams finished with 104 yards on 14 carries for Green Bay, who won their first game against NFC North rivals Detroit in five attempts.
In a game where both side’s kickers excelled, Lions’ Matt Prater was good from 26, 22, 41, 51 and 54 yards for the Lions, who now sit at 2-2-1.
In the end, the Packers managed to sneak it, with two penalties for illegal hands to the face against Detroit’s Trey Flowers, both of which looked generous at best. The two sides now sit at opposite ends of the NFC North, with Detroit propping it up, and Green Bay leading at 5-1.
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