Stafford leads Lions past depleted Packers

Posted January 01, 2018

The Detroit Lions scored 27 straight points to upend their longtime rivals, the Green Bay Packers, 35-11 at Ford Field on Sunday afternoon. The team is also expected to be without several defensive players, which bodes well for the Lions offense.

Clear-cut and to the point, unlike some of the decisions that will more than likely be made at 1265 Lombardi Avenue this offseason. If anything, Capers built his case for potential removal with his unit's performance against the Lions the day after the news of his inevitable fate.

Four turnovers, a handful of dropped passes and some untimely penalties gave the Packers little chance to prevent just the second sub-.500 record in Head Coach Mike McCarthy's 12-year tenure.

Matt Prater evened the score with a 28-yard field goal, set up by a 56-yard pass from Stafford to Jones.

Stafford pretended he was changing a play and was walking around communicating with the receivers when the Lions direct snapped the ball to Abdullah, who went right with it. Abdullah pitched it back to Golden Tate on the reverse, who then threw the ball to a wide-open Stafford in the end zone. Detroit leads at the break, 20-3. In the first quarter alone, the Packers lost - at the most - 14 points.

The Lions entered the game as 7-point favorites. The Packers finished the season 3-5 on the road. "We just stopped ourselves".

After recording a 30.2 passer rating in last week's loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Hundley didn't do much to improve. Ansah recorded three sacks, for the third time this season.

Last season, Stafford and the Lions' offense struggled to push the ball down the field in the passing game for chunk plays. "The way we took care of the football today was unacceptable, and it obviously had a big impact on the game". We didn't make the playoffs, we didn't finish strong, we didn't win our last two.

Green Bay finished 7-9 and with a lot of questions swirling about the future.

"From here, we just have to regroup and figure some stuff out and go from there". "We didn't make the plays that needed to be made". For now, he was Hundley's backup and despite desires that have been well-voiced amongst fans, has yet to see the field. Marvin Jones Jr. has caught 57 passes for 1,020 yards and eight touchdowns.

Asked on Sunday what he's most proud of during his four-year tenure in Detroit, Caldwell said, "I think there's some thing's that got done, but I'm not done yet". There are ups, there are downs.