It was a mixed bag for Packers backup QB Matt Flynn in the third quarter as Green Bay took a 3-0 lead in a game dominated by uneven offense and solid defense.
In relief of Aaron Rodgers, who was knocked out of the game in the second quarter with a concussion, Flynn looked under control guiding Green Bay to a 42-yard field goal by Mason Crosby on the Packers’ first series of the third quarter. On 3rd-and-3 before the field goal, Flynn lofted a pass to WR Greg Jennings in the endzone, which Jennings believed he had caught. But the officials ruled he trapped the ball, and the Packers decided not to challenge.
On Green Bay’s second possession of the quarter, Flynn moved the Packers down the field nicely, connecting on a long completion to Jennings while also picking up a 12-yard gain on a dangerous keeper that no doubt caused many people in Packers Nation to cover their eyes. But the drive came to an abrupt end when Flynn was picked off in the endzone by Detroit’s DeAndre Levy.
Detroit’s offense continued to struggle mightily. Dave Rayner’s late 48-yard field goal attempt was off the mark, as the quarter ended with the Pack’s second road shutout of the season remaining a possibility.