Final

Lions 6

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Packers 31

(1-1, 1-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, September 14, 2003

 

1 2 3 4 T
DET 0 6 0 06
GB 14 3 7 731

Green runs for 160 yards, long TD

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- It took a mere 52 seconds for the Green Bay Packers to rediscover their running game and their home-field advantage.

Ahman Green rushed 23 times for 160 yards, including a 65-yarder for a score on his first carry as the Packers rolled past the Detroit Lions 31-6 Sunday, snapping a two-game home losing streak.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen
Question on the Lions: Do young teams need reality checks like this?
Yes! Last week, they had a big victory over the Cardinals, but it was just that: a victory over the Cardinals. This week, they were given a truer test and judge of where they are as a team.

Question on the Packers: With Driver out, will they keep feeding Green or will they try to get the other WRs more involved?
They have to get other receivers involved. It's great to get a solid rushing game from Green but they need a balanced offense to do any damage when it counts.

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

Green topped 100 yards by halftime, and the Packers (1-1) picked off three of Joey Harrington's passes in the second half to send the Lions (1-1) to their 17th straight road loss.

Green scored when he found a hole in the eight-man front created by guard Mike Wahle, broke a tackle by safety Corey Harris and raced 65 yards for the touchdown on a field drenched by nearly 3 inches of rain in 48 hours.

"This is our type of weather," Brett Favre said. "When we're running the ball like that, we're tough to beat. Anybody would be."

The play accounted for more yards than Green had in either of his previous two games. He had 53 yards against Minnesota a week earlier and 34 yards against Atlanta in the playoffs -- both of them losses at Lambeau Field.

Against the Vikings, the Packers passed on their first six snaps and trailed by double digits when Green got his first carry.

"We were bound and determined to get Ahman his carries," Packers coach Mike Sherman said.

Not only were the Packers still smarting from their season opener, but their receivers were banged up. Sherman revealed that even free agent pickup Antonio Freeman, who led Green Bay with four catches for 32 yards, was limited by foot tendinitis during closed practices during the week.

Center Mike Flanagan was ecstatic to hear the rain beating down his window all night.

"Fat guys up front love that slow, sloppy field," he said. "Love the rain. This is a lineman's dream. I saw it was raining and everybody woke up with smiles on their faces. It makes it hard to throw and we know what we have to do."

Namely, dole out the punishment instead of taking it.

Green's run was his longest since he went 83 yards for a touchdown against the Lions on Sept. 9, 2001.

"It is one of our bread-and-butter plays," Green said. "If it's blocked right and I have the right speed, the only person I've got to deal with is outrunning the safety."

Said Lions end Robert Porcher: "We played it right. Everybody was where they were supposed to be. We just missed the tackle."

Harris accepted the blame.

"That was a basic football play," he said. "You can't let that happen."

Green became the fourth running back in Packers history to top 4,000 career yards. He had 109 yards by halftime as the Packers built a 17-6 lead.

In the third quarter, linebacker Nick Barnett, the Packers' top draft pick, intercepted a pass that bounced off tight end Mikhael Ricks' back and Charles Rogers' fingertips.

Three plays later, Favre hit Robert Ferguson with a 14-yard touchdown pass that made it 24-6. Ferguson aggravated a sprained right knee early in the fourth quarter and went to the sideline.

Al Harris capped the scoring with a 56-yard interception return for a score.

Packers weakside linebacker Na'il Diggs had a monster game before limping to the sideline with a sprained left knee early in the fourth quarter.

"I just had a lot of last week still in my chest," said Diggs, who had seven tackles and broke up four passes.

In the second quarter, Freeman got a huge ovation from the crowd of 70,244 when he made a 13-yard catch on third-and-9. Favre ran over to hug him.

"It was deja vu," said Favre, whose favorite target was Freeman from 1995-2001. "I looked out there and he was right in the perfect spot. And as usual he catches it off his chest. But he catches it.

"That's Free. What he lacks in talent, he makes up for in savvy."

The Packers signed Freeman on Wednesday after Donald Driver strained his neck and Ferguson sprained his right ankle and knee.

"I felt like a little kid who ran away and has come home," Freeman said.

Notes: Favre (3,692) surpassed Fran Tarkenton (3,686) for fourth on the NFL's career completions list. He trails Warren Moon, John Elway and Dan Marino, who is the leader. ... The Packers are 16-0 when Green tops 100 yards rushing. ... Favre improved to 8-1 against Lions coach Steve Mariucci, his quarterbacks coach from 1992-95. ... Tony Fisher caught a 5-yard TD pass from Favre, the first of his career.

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Scoring Summary

FOURTH QUARTERDETGB
gbTD11:32Touchdown
Drive info: 1 plays, 50 yds, 0:00
630
FIRST QUARTERDETGB
gbTD14:55Ahman Green, 65 yd run
Drive info: 2 plays, 78 yds, 0:00
06
FOURTH QUARTERDETGB
gb11:32
Drive info: 1 plays, 50 yds, 0:00
631
FIRST QUARTERDETGB
gb14:55
Drive info: 2 plays, 78 yds, 0:00
07
THIRD QUARTERDETGB
gbTD11:07Touchdown
Drive info: 3 plays, 18 yds, 0:00
623
gb11:07
Drive info: 3 plays, 18 yds, 0:00
624
SECOND QUARTERDETGB
detFG13:09Jason Hanson 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 11 yds, 0:31
314
detFG0:03Jason Hanson 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 22 yds, 0:30
617
gbFG8:27Ryan Longwell 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 43 yds, 3:47
317
FIRST QUARTERDETGB
gbTD5:53Touchdown
Drive info: 13 plays, 60 yds, 7:15
013
gb5:53
Drive info: 13 plays, 60 yds, 7:15
014