Final

Packers 48

(2-0, 1-0 away)

Lions 25

(0-2, 0-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, September 14, 2008

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 T
GB 7 14 3 2448
DET 0 3 6 1625

Top Performers

Passing: A. Rodgers (GB) - 328 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: B. Jackson (GB) - 7 CAR, 61 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: G. Jennings (GB) - 6 REC, 167 YDS

Rodgers throws three TD passes as Packers beat Lions

Associated Press

DETROIT -- Aaron Rodgers had Motor City flashbacks, watching the Green Bay Packers blow a big lead against the Detroit Lions.

There was a major difference: Rodgers was playing and Brett Favre was elsewhere.

Caging The Lions

Like the legend he replaced in Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers' first three-touchdown game came against the Lions.

Category Favre Rodgers
Season 1992 2008
Opponent Lions Lions
Final score W, 38-10 W, 48-25
Comp-att 15-19 24-38
Pass yds 214 328

Rodgers threw three touchdown passes in the first four drives of his second start, helping Green Bay build a big lead it needed in a 48-25 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Green Bay led 21-0 midway through the second quarter, but fell behind by a point with 7:41 left after Calvin Johnson caught his second TD in the fourth quarter.

The Packers went back ahead with a field goal on the ensuing drive, then turned the game back into the rout it had been with three straight interceptions.

Charles Woodson and Nick Collins returned two of the picks for touchdowns, giving Green Bay a lopsided lead again.

"It reminded me of last year," Rodgers said.

Last season in Detroit, Favre helped the Packers build a 34-12 lead in the fourth before holding off a rally.

Green Bay (2-0) certainly will not regret its decision any time soon to stick with Rodgers and trade Favre to the New York Jets after he came out of retirement. The Packers stayed committed to the first-round pick from 2005 despite mounting hype about Favre's possible return during the offseason.

"I think the summer only made our character stronger," Rodgers said.

Rodgers was 24-of-38 for 328 yards, three scores and a fumble in his first start on the road and his first fourth-quarter comeback.

"We just kept pushing the envelope and I think that speaks volumes about the coaches and everybody involved to have confidence with Aaron to stay aggressive," coach Mike McCarthy said.

Greg Jennings caught six passes for 167 yards, including a 60-yard gain to set up Mason Crosby's go-ahead field goal with 5:17 to go.

Donald Driver, James Jones and Jordy Nelson all had TD receptions from Rodgers.

"We have a lot of confidence that he's going to find whichever one of us is open," Jennings said.

The Lions are 0-2 for the fourth time since 2001, when Matt Millen took control as team president beginning a stretch of futility that has sunk the franchise to an NFL-worst 31-83 record.

Coach Rod Marinelli said it was "unacceptable" to fall behind 21-0.

"Then, not finishing after we fought back like that is unacceptable," Marinelli said.

Jon Kitna was 21-of-41 for 276 yards, two TDs and three interceptions.

"Unfortunately when we needed it the most, I didn't get the job done," Kitna said.

Johnson finished with a career-high 129 yards receiving.

Rodgers took a step out of Favre's shadow in his highly anticipated debut last week and moved closer to establishing his own reputation in his first road game.

After a three-and-out, he stepped up in the pocket to avoid a sack, scrambled to the right and threw a sharp pass in the end zone to Jones.

Rodgers looked right and threw left on the next drive for a 2-yard pass to Driver.

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He perfectly lofted a pass to Nelson for a 29-yard score to give the Packers a 21-0 lead with 6:47 left in the first half.

Jason Hanson kicked two field goals in the second quarter and another in the third to pull Detroit within 12 points.

Johnson scored on a 38-yard reception, Green Bay punter Derrick Frost let a snap sail through his hands, and Johnson had 47-yard TD to put Detroit ahead 25-24.

But as happened last week in Atlanta -- where the Lions also fell behind 21-0 -- Johnson's spectacular showing came in a loss as the Packers made the key plays late in the game.

"We fought back to get back into the game, and I congratulated them for that, but this league is about winning," Marinelli said. "Big-money players are the ones that make plays at the end of those games."

Game notes


Packers FB Korey Hall (knee), S Atari Bigby (cramps), Lions S Gerald Alexander (concussion) and TE Casey FitzSimmons (thumb) were injured during the game. ... Woodson, who had two interceptions, played with a broken toe and he left Ford Field with a walking boot protecting his right foot. ... Green Bay has beaten Detroit six straight, matching the longest streak in the series since 1954, and 14-2 in the last 16 meetings. ... The Packers have won 19 of their last 22 regular-season games.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GB
DET
1st Downs1915
Passing 1st downs
1310
Rushing 1st downs
64
1st downs from penalties
01
3rd down efficiency
9-162-12
4th down efficiency
0-10-1
Total Plays6962
Total Yards447311
Yards per play6.55.0
Total Drives1615
Passing324262
Comp-Att
24-3823-45
Yards per pass
8.35.2
Interceptions thrown
03
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-45-20
Rushing12349
Rushing Attempts
3012
Yards per rush
4.14.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-40-1
Penalties8-625-40
Turnovers13
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
03
Defensive / Special Teams TDs20
Possession35:2824:32

Passing Leaders

GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rodgers24/383288.6301-4
DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Kitna21/412766.7235-20
Orlovsky2/461.5000-0

Rushing Leaders

GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson7618.7119
Rodgers4256.3013
DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith10404.0014
Kitna177.007

Receiving Leaders

GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jennings616727.8062
Driver7527.4117
DETRECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson612921.5247
Williams34816.0023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGBDET
gbTD2:14James Jones, 9 yd pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 15 plays, 86 yds, 8:10
70
SECOND QUARTERGBDET
gbTD11:11Donald Driver, 2 yd pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 82 yds, 2:55
140
gbTD6:53Jordy Nelson, 29 yd pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 63 yds, 2:14
210
detFG0:17Jason Hanson 38 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 57 yds, 2:15
213
THIRD QUARTERGBDET
detFG11:32Jason Hanson 49 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 43 yds, 3:33
216
detFG8:20Jason Hanson 53 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, -5 yds, 1:22
219
gbFG2:32Mason Crosby 25 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 65 yds, 5:47
249
FOURTH QUARTERGBDET
detTD13:25Calvin Johnson, 38 yd pass from Jon Kitna (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 80 yds, 1:43
2416
detSF11:44Safety
Drive info: 4 plays, -10 yds, 1:36
2418
detTD7:51Calvin Johnson, 47 yd pass from Jon Kitna (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 47 yds, 0:00
2425
gbFG5:21Mason Crosby 39 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 59 yds, 2:24
2725
gbTD3:37Brandon Jackson, 19 yd run (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 40 yds, 1:39
3425
gbTD3:14Charles Woodson, 41 yd interception return (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 9 yds, 0:22
4125
gbTD2:15Nick Collins, 42 yd interception return (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 14 yds, 1:02
4825