- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Detroit Lions reporter
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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: Dec. 11, 2005
Score: Green Bay 16, Detroit 13 OT
Records at the time: Packers (3-10), Lions (4-9)
What happened: Neither team was very good on a cold Sunday night in Green Bay in 2005, a game where both teams had no shot at making the playoffs or finishing above .500.
Yet it turned into one of the closer Lions-Packers games in recent memory in Wisconsin, needing to go to overtime to determine a winner.
Ryan Longwell made a 28-yard field goal with 9:43 left in overtime to give the Packers a win, not even giving the Lions a chance to try to score in overtime. On the first -- and only -- drive of overtime, Detroit had forced a third-and-8, but Brett Favre completed an 8-yard pass to extend the drive.
The key play in the loss for Detroit came early in the fourth quarter, when the Lions drove to the Packers' 1-yard line and had three tries at running into the end zone with the score tied at 13-13. Artose Pinner ran up the middle twice, only to be stopped short. Then the Lions tried a quarterback sneak with Jeff Garcia on fourth down only to be stopped a third time.
The star of the game had been Green Bay rookie running back Samkon Gado, who rushed for 171 yards -- 1 more yard than Favre threw for -- and scored the Packers’ only touchdown.
How the season finished: The Lions, who switched coaches from Steve Mariucci to Dick Jauron at midseason, finished the year 5-11 and hired Rod Marinelli to start the 2006 season. The Packers ended the season worse than Detroit with a 4-12 record and fired Mike Sherman at the end of the year. Green Bay hired Mike McCarthy to replace Sherman and he remains the Packers’ head coach.
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: Dec. 11, 2005Score: Green Bay 16, Detroit 13 OTRecords at the time: Packers (3-10), Lions (4-9)What happened: Neither team was very good on a cold Sunday night in Green Bay in 2005, a game where both teams had no shot at making the playoffs or finishing above .