Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Packers' streak vs. Lions: Oct. 3, 2010
By Michael Rothstein
Each day this week, we’ll look at one of the closer calls the Lions had during their 22-game losing streak in Wisconsin.
Date: Oct. 3, 2010
Score: Green Bay 28, Detroit 26
Records at the time: Packers (3-1), Lions (0-4)
What happened: This might have been the most unpredictable of all of Detroit’s losses in Green Bay over the years. If anything, that the game was as close as it ended up being is the biggest surprise of all.
The Lions were without starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, who separated his shoulder in the opening week of the season. So Detroit went to Green Bay with Shaun Hill as its quarterback.
And Hill almost led the Lions to a win.
Hill completed 34 of 54 passes for 331 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the game. He also rushed four times for 53 yards.
But the same issues that plagued the Lions over the years kept them from winning. They had 13 penalties for 102 yards and they couldn’t finish off drives. After a Charles Woodson interception return in the third quarter gave Green Bay a 28-14 lead, the Lions scored on four drives.
The problem was, they didn’t score a touchdown on any of them.
Even then, Detroit had two major chances. The first came on its final drive, when the Lions drove to the Green Bay 37-yard line before Hill threw two incomplete passes to Calvin Johnson before having to punt with 6:32 left.
Then the Lions' defense couldn’t stop Green Bay running back John Kuhn. Kuhn ran the ball seven times on the Packers’ final drive and the Lions only put Green Bay in a third down once on the drive. When they did -- with 55 seconds left -- Kuhn ran up the middle for 8 yards to seal the win.
An interesting nugget in this game was two of the team’s top three targeted receivers were tight ends. Brandon Pettigrew, who led the Lions with eight catches for 91 yards, saw 11 targets -- the same as Johnson. Tony Scheffler was thrown to 10 times, catching six passes for 63 yards.
How the season finished: The Lions, who were 0-4 after losing at Green Bay, finished at 6-10 in their second season under Jim Schwartz. They had won their final four games of the season -- including a win over Green Bay at Ford Field that December. The Packers, meanwhile, made the playoffs as the No. 6 seed and ended up beating Pittsburgh, 31-25, to win the Super Bowl.