Packers shock Lions with Thanksgiving victory behind Jordan Love’s stellar recreation

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By Calvin S. Nelson

The Inexperienced Bay Packers shocked the Detroit Lions on the highway Thanksgiving afternoon, defeating their NFC North rivals, 29-22. 

The Packers moved to 5-6, whereas the Lions slid to 8-3. 

The Packers began pouring it on early on this one, and it began with Jordan Love launching a 53-yard move down the center of the sector to huge receiver Christian Watson. 4 performs later, Jayden Reed discovered the top zone from 10 yards out to take a fast lead. 

Tucker Kraft, #85 of the Inexperienced Bay Packers, carries the ball for a landing in opposition to the Detroit Lions throughout the first quarter of the sport at Ford Discipline on November 23, 2023, in Detroit, Michigan. (Mike Mulholland/Getty Pictures)

However the Lions’ offense has not been fazed by their opponent scoring in latest weeks. So Jared Goff started working along with his unit, and 7 performs later, he fired a strike to tight finish Sam LaPorta to tie issues up after the additional level. 

Nonetheless, the Packers had been relentless on offense early. Whereas Ford Discipline was electrical after the LaPorta rating, Love and the Packers charged down the sector once more for a landing. 

It was an amazing play-call by the Packers on third-and-one from the Detroit 9-yard line, the place Love offered the run completely because the Lions’ protection crashed the road of scrimmage. In the meantime, tight finish Tucker Kraft shed a block on Aidan Hutchinson and bounced upfield for a straightforward rating. 


Then, a big turning level within the recreation got here two performs on the following Lions drive. Rashan Gary, who had a career-best three sacks on this recreation, stripped the ball from behind Goff as he went to throw. Jonathan Owens scooped it up and ran it into the top zone to make it a 20-6 recreation (the additional level was missed). 

Detroit continued to wrestle on offense, as Goff fumbled once more on the following drive, adopted by two factors and a turnover on downs.

The second half noticed some life for the Lions, although, as they started with a landing drive to make it a 23-14 recreation. David Montgomery charged in on a six-yard run for six and received in for the two-point conversion. 

However the Packers continued to return up clutch in huge moments, together with a cease when the Lions needed to attempt a faux punt on fourth-and-4 at their very own 23-yard line. That cease led to a Watson landing from 16 yards out. 

Jared Goff looks to throw

Jared Goff, #16 of the Detroit Lions, appears to move in opposition to the Inexperienced Bay Packers throughout the first quarter at Ford Discipline on November 23, 2023, in Detroit, Michigan. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Pictures)

And Gary was at it once more, forcing one other fumble on Goff that he recovered himself. 

The Lions tried for the Thanksgiving miracle, as Goff discovered Josh Reynolds to cap a 12-play, 91-yard drive with a landing. The profitable two-point conversion made it a seven-point recreation with 41 seconds to go, that means an onside kick could be the last-ditch effort. 

The Packers would recuperate, although, ending any hope for the Lions. 

Love went 22-of-32 for 268 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. His favourite goal was Watson, who totaled 94 yards on 5 catches. 

For the Lions, Goff went 29-of-44 for 332 yards and two touchdowns with Amon-Ra St. Brown catching 9 of his passes for 95 yards. Kalif Raymond additionally recorded 90 yards on 5 receptions. 

Jordan Love throws on the run

Jordan Love, #10 of the Inexperienced Bay Packers, throws a move in opposition to Derrick Barnes #55 of the Detroit Lions throughout the second quarter of the sport at Ford Discipline on November 23, 2023, in Detroit, Michigan. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Pictures)

Within the run recreation, David Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs had 71 and 54 yards, respectively. 

The Lions will look to bounce again after their bye week in opposition to the New Orleans Saints on the highway. In the meantime, the Packers, who are actually within the playoff image within the NFC, will even use the bye to arrange for the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs on December 3.  

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