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.