Final

Packers 37

(2-1, 1-1 away)

Lions 31

(0-3, 0-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:15 PM ET, September 22, 2002

 

1 2 3 4 T
GB 7 10 14 637
DET 7 10 0 1431

Favre, Packers spoil Lions' debut in new stadium

DETROIT (AP) -- The stadium and the quarterback were different. The result was the same.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen
Question on the Lions: Even with a loss, does this type of outing give them a confidence boost?
Anytime you throw a rookie in (as the Lions did with QB Joey Harrington) and he performs well (as he did today) it gives the fans hope for the future. The first thing a young player needs to do is get the respect of his team, and Harrington did that today. They lost the game and it will be a tough road, but it was one small step closer to where the Lions need to be.

Question on the Packers: What happened to their solid pass-rush from a year ago?
The Packers have some new players on D. DE Joe Johnson hasn't made the impact the Packers were hoping for, and the linebackers are struggling. They miss the leadership of safety LeRoy Butler. The defense has some work to do, but Brett Favre has a way of keeping the Packers in the game.

Eric Allen played 14 seasons in the NFL for the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

For the second straight season, the Green Bay Packers built a comfortable fourth-quarter lead on the road against the Detroit Lions, but had to hold off a late comeback by a rookie quarterback to win.

Brett Favre threw for 357 yards and three touchdowns as Green Bay beat the Lions 37-31 Sunday, spoiling the first start by rookie Joey Harrington and the regular-season debut of Ford Field.

"I learned a long time ago: Don't ever pack it in and think it's over,'' Favre said. "You just never know.''

Green Bay (2-1) led by 17 early in the final quarter, but Detroit (0-3) scored two TDs, including a 52-yard pass to James Stewart with 1:37 left to cut the deficit to 34-31.

An offside penalty negated the Lions' recovery on the onside kick, and they were unable to recover their second attempt. Ryan Longwell's 47-yard field goal with 1:15 left put Green Bay ahead 37-31.

With the crowd chanting "Jo-ey! Jo-ey!'' Harrington tried to direct his first fourth-quarter comeback in the NFL, after doing so 10 times at Oregon.

Detroit got the ball at the Packers' 48 with 1:03 left after two offsides penalties on Green Bay.

After throwing a 14-yard pass to Scotty Anderson, Harrington lofted a pass just past Mikhael Ricks' fingers on what would have been a TD.

"I was hoping he'd miss that,'' Favre said. "I didn't want to go back out. I had enough.''

On the next play, Tod McBride intercepted Harrington's overthrown pass at the Green Bay 3 with 30 seconds left.

Last year at the Pontiac Silverdome, Mike McMahon led the Lions to two TDs in the final seven minutes to scare the Packers before losing 29-27.

"There's no consolation in this league,'' said Marty Mornhinweg, who is 2-17 as Detroit's head coach.

Harrington finished 15-of-35 for 182 yards with two TDs and four interceptions.

"I did some good things. I did some bad things,'' Harrington said. "It was a chance to grow. It will come.''

Favre completed 31 of 47 passes, and on his first of three TD passes, he moved past Warren Moon for fourth on the NFL's all-time list with 292.

"If they have to lean on me, I don't mind,'' said Favre, who also threw an interception and fumbled.

Green Bay played without injured running back Ahman Green, out with a quadriceps injury. Rookie Najeh Davenport ran for 84 yards on 22 carries.

Bubba Franks caught nine passes -- after catching one in the first two games -- for 62 yards and a TD. Donald Driver caught five for 94 yards and a TD.

Stewart ran for 88 yards and caught two passes for 56 yards, including the 52-yard score that gave the Lions comeback hopes late in the game.

The game was tied at 17 in the first half after Harrington's first career TD pass, a 39-yard connection to Lamont Warren.

Green Bay went ahead for good when it began the second half with a 12-play, 72-yard drive that took 7:04. Favre faked a pass to his right, then threw an 8-yard TD pass over the middle to Robert Ferguson.

Ryan Longwell's 34-yard field goal put Green Bay ahead 34-17 early in the fourth. Cory Schlesinger's 1-yard plunge pulled Detroit within 10 on the ensuing drive.

The Lions scored in the first quarter for the first time this season on Az-Zahir Hakim's 72-yard punt return.

After Favre fumbled on his second drive, Detroit got the ball at the Green Bay 42 but gave it right back.

Harrington's pass was tipped by Steve Warren at the line and picked off by Marques Anderson, who raced 78 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 7 midway through the first quarter.

Favre's 21-yard TD pass to Driver -- who was all alone in the end zone -- gave Green Bay a 14-7 lead early in the second.

Favre's second turnover led to Detroit's second score. Linebacker Chris Claiborne intercepted Favre's pass and returned it 43 yards to the Green Bay 10. Jason Hanson's 33-yard field goal made it 14-10.

Game notes


Green Bay was 12-of-21 on third down while Detroit was just 3-of-13. ... Favre has 294 TD passes and trails only John Elway (300), Fran Tarkenton (342) and Dan Marino (420). ... The following Green Bay players left the game with injuries: David Martin (concussion), Javon Walker (quad bruise), William Henderson (left knee sprain). ... Detroit's Travis Kirschke (left leg), Brian Walker (toe) and Brian Williams (right ankle) left the game with injuries. ... Green Bay coach Mike Sherman expects Green to practice Wednesday.

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Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGBDET
det12:25
Drive info: 0 plays, 0 yds, 0:00
07
gbTD7:40Touchdown
Drive info: 1 plays, 76 yds, 0:00
67
gb7:17
Drive info: 1 plays, 76 yds, 0:00
77
detTD12:45Touchdown
Drive info: 3 plays, 0 yds, 0:05
06
SECOND QUARTERGBDET
detFG10:05Jason Hanson 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, -5 yds, 0:51
1410
detTD3:30Touchdown
Drive info: 4 plays, 64 yds, 0:59
1716
det3:13
Drive info: 4 plays, 64 yds, 0:59
1717
THIRD QUARTERGBDET
gbTD1:45Touchdown
Drive info: 4 plays, 41 yds, 1:54
3017
FOURTH QUARTERGBDET
detTD8:25Cory Schlesinger, 1 yd run
Drive info: 4 plays, 45 yds, 1:53
3423
THIRD QUARTERGBDET
gb1:35
Drive info: 4 plays, 41 yds, 1:54
3117
FOURTH QUARTERGBDET
det8:22
Drive info: 4 plays, 45 yds, 1:53
3424
gbFG1:20Ryan Longwell 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 35 yds, 0:26
3731
detTD1:56Touchdown
Drive info: 8 plays, 91 yds, 1:49
3430
SECOND QUARTERGBDET
gbTD15:00Touchdown
Drive info: 10 plays, 82 yds, 16:46
137
gbFG5:20Ryan Longwell 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 53 yds, 4:02
1710
FOURTH QUARTERGBDET
det1:36
Drive info: 8 plays, 91 yds, 1:49
3431
SECOND QUARTERGBDET
gb14:56
Drive info: 10 plays, 82 yds, 16:46
147
THIRD QUARTERGBDET
gbTD8:00Touchdown
Drive info: 12 plays, 72 yds, 6:54
2317
FOURTH QUARTERGBDET
gbFG10:31Ryan Longwell 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 44 yds, 14:00
3417
THIRD QUARTERGBDET
gb7:56
Drive info: 12 plays, 72 yds, 6:54
2417