The Detroit Lions snapped three streaks today against the Green Bay Packers with a breathtaking 18-16 victory.
The victory was just the Lions second of the season and it snapped a two-game losing streak. The victory also ended a five-game road losing streak for Detroit and a 24-game winless streak at Lambeau Field, which was the longest streak in the NFL, according to Fox News. Prior to today, the Lions’ last win in Lambeau had occurred in 1991.
Detroit free safety Glover Quin spoke on the Lions ending their losing streak at Green Bay. Quin had seven tackles today.
Detroit nearly lost what turned to be a very weird game. After participating in the second lowest scoring first half of the season, the Lions and Packers combined for three touchdowns and 22 points. Detroit and Green Bay went into halftime tied at 3-3, marking just the second time this season neither team scored more than three points, per ESPN. It also marked the first time Green Bay didn’t score a first-half touchdown in 26 games.
Detroit received the ball to the second half and Lions running back Ameer Abdullah ran the kickoff back 104 yards but couldn’t quite reach the end zone as Packers Micah Hyde made a shoestring tackle at the one-yard line.
Then on the second-play of the opening drive, Matthew Stafford found tight end Brandon Pettigrew for a two-yard touchdown. However, Matt Prater missed his first of two extra point attempts, and Detroit led 9-3. Prater has now missed three extra points this season.
Prater made a 51-yard field goal to give the Lions a 12-3 lead early in the fourth quarter. Following punts by both teams, Aaron Rodgers engineered the Packers (6-3) first touchdown drive of the day to cut the deficit to 12-10 with 5:50 remaining.
Detroit answered back on its next possession to go up 18-10. Green Bay got the ball back with 1:57 left and promptly moved down the field. Rogers connected with Justin Perrillo for an 11-yard touchdown to get within 18-16 with 32 seconds remaining. The Packers went for the two-point conversion as Rodgers lofted the ball in the end zone to Davante Adams, but defensive back Crezdon Butler, who was just signed yesterday, knocked the ball away.
The Packers moved into field goal range, but the Lions got a hand on Mason Crosby’s 52-yard attempt and the ball fell short.
In other games:
The Denver Post reports that Peyton Manning passed Brett Farve to become the NFL’s all-time passing record with a four-yard completion to Denver running back Ronnie Hillman at the 10:43 mark in the first quarter. That was Manning’s only highlight as the Broncos fell to the Kansas City Chiefs 29-13.
Manning finished the night, completing just 5-of-35 for 35 yards and four interceptions. The 39-year old now has 71,871 career yards. Fourth-year pro Brock Osweiler relieved Manning midway through the third quarter and led the Broncos (7-2) to two scores. Osweiler was 14-of-24 for 144 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Kansas City (4-5) won its third straight to remain in playoff contention. The Chiefs controlled the ball for over 33 minutes, held Denver to 221 yards and forced five turnovers. Kicker Cairo Santos accounted for 17 points as he made 5-of-6 field goals and two extra points.
Stephen Gostkowski kept the New England Patriots (9-0) record spotless, per Yahoo Sports. Gostkowski, who is a perfect 21-for-21 on field goal attempts, banged a 54-yarder through the uprights with one second remaining to give the Patriots a 27-26 victory over the New York Giants (5-5).
54 YARDS. IT’S GOOD! pic.twitter.com/Ox4XMBWari
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) November 16, 2015
Trailing 26-24, New England got the ball with 1:46 lft and Tom Brady orchestrated a 12-play, 44-yard drive to set up Gostkowski’s kick. Brady as usual made the plays when need, which included a key 12-yard pass over the middle to Danny Amendola on a fourth-and-10 during the drive. Brady was 26-of-42 for 334 yards and two touchdowns.
Eli Manning had a good game for the Giants, completing 24-of-44 passes for 361 yards and two touchdowns.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5) defeated the Dallas Cowboys(2-7) 10-6 as rookie Jameis Winston scored the game-winning touchdown with 54 seconds left. Winston led Tampa Bay 56-yards on nine plays during the game-winning drive.
Cam Newton completed his first 11 passes as the Carolina Panthers (9-0) remained perfect by rolling over Tennessee (2-7) 27-10. Newton threw for 217 yards and a score and had 23-yards on the gorund, as well as a touchdown. Carolina has won 13-straight games dating back to last year.
The Chicago Bears (4-5) got two long touchdown runs after catches and defeated the St. Louis Rams (4-5) 37-13. TE Zach Miller had a 87-yard touchdown receptions (85-yards after catch) and RB Jeremy Langford scored on a 83-yard reception. Both Miller and Langford, who had 182 all-purpose yards, scored twice.
Kirk Cousins threw a career-high four touchdown passes as the Chicago Bears (4-5) routed the New Orleans Saints (4-6) 47-14.
The Miami Dolphins (4-5) scored 17 unanswered points to overcome a 16-3 first quarter deficit and defeat the Philadelphia Eagles (4-5) 20-19.
Ben Roethlisberger came off the bench to pass for three 79 yards and three touchdowns as the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) man-handled the Cleveland Browns (2-8) 30-9. Roethlisberger, who was injured last week, replaced injured starter Landry Jones in the first quarter.
The Minnesota Vikings (7-2) moved into sole possession of first place in the NFC North after running over the Oakland Raiders (4-5) 30-14. Adrian Peterson ran for a season-high 203 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. The game marked Peterson’s, the league’s leading rusher, third straight 100-yard game.
Jacksonville (3-6) defeated the Baltimore Ravens (2-7) 22-20 while the Arizona Cardinals (7-2) held off the Seattle Seahawks (4-5) 39-32.
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