Packers-Lions fourth-quarter reflections

Posted Dec. 12, 2010 @ 3:26 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

After repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot in the fourth quarter all season, the Lions reversed course against Green Bay in Week 14, delivering a major blow to the Packers’ playoff hopes with a 7-3 victory that snapped Detroit's 19-game losing streak within the NFC North.

Entering the fourth quarter down 3-0 to the Packers, the Lions came up with a well-balanced 80-yard TD drive culminated by TE Will Heller’s TD catch that featured a beautiful block from OG Stephen Peterman on Packers ILB Desmond Bishop.

Packers backup QB Matt Flynn, who was pressed into service after Aaron Rodgers suffered a concussion in the second quarter, had the Packers on the move at the two-minute warning.

But on 4th-and-1, the Packers gambled with a long pass to Greg Jennings, who was being defended by Lions CB Nate Vasher. Jennings had Vasher beaten on the play, but the pass was overthrown, in effect ending Green Bay’s comeback hopes.

The Lions’ defense excelled with four sacks of Rodgers and Flynn. On offense, the Lions controlled the clock with over 180 yards rushing.

Now the Packers must hope that the Patriots can turn the tables on the Bears in a late-afternoon game that would enable them to remain one game behind Chicago in the NFC North. They also must hope that Rodgers, who looked lucid enough on the sidelines after being removed from the game, will be good to go against New England next week.