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The Roar: Monstrous Monday Night Victory for Detroit

Monday Night Football from legendary Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The Lions, who have lost three straight coming into this one, carried a 1-24 record in their previous 25 trips to this historic venue.

Here’s how this one transpired:

First quarter:

The Packers received the ball and put together an impressive game-opening drive that ate the first 8:16 off the clock. Detroit’s defense bent, but refrained from breaking.

The Lions pushed the Packers to fourth down where Mason Crosby’s 38-yard field goal attempt was blocked by A’Shawn Robinson.

During the drive, Tahir Whitehead came up with Detroit’s first sack in three games when he brought Brett Hundley down in the backfield.

After the failed field goal, Matthew Stafford and the Lions put together a strong drive of their own, one that resulted in seven points. Stafford connected with Marvin Jones Jr. for a 25-yard toss to the end zone for a touchdown.

That 25-yard strike was the 200th touchdown pass of Stafford’s career.

That was the first time this season where the Lions scored a touchdown on their opening drive.

Second quarter:

The second drive for the Lions stalled out as Matt Prater’s 55-yarder fell short as the ball banged down off the crossbar.

Hundley and Co. continued to be quiet, allowing Detroit to drive late into the second quarter.

Ameer Abdullah polished off a late second quarter drive with a four-yard rushing touchdown. The rushing score came as a sigh of relief for Jim Bob Cooter and the Lions’ offense as they went 0-for-5 in the red zone against the Pittsburgh Steelers during their Week 8 match-up.

Abdullah’s rushing touchdown was just the third of the season on the ground for the Lions, No. 21’s second.

Hundley and the Packers were driving into Lions’ territory in the waning moments of the first half. A third down play was whistled down with 12 seconds remaining and no available time-outs for the Packers.

Green Bay’s field goal unit stormed onto the field, got set and snapped the ball with one second on the clock. Crosby successfully booted the 35-yarder through the uprights to close out the half.

Halftime score: Lions 14, Packers 3

The Lions received the ball to start the second half and pushed down into Packers’ territory, but settled for a Prater 44-yarder.

On the following drive, the Packers went for it on fourth and two from their own 49-yard line. Hundley flipped to Randall Cobb, who was sent in motion, but got stuffed behind the line of scrimmage by Glover Quin, resulting in a turnover on downs.

The Lions drove down to the 27-yard line of the Packers, but lost their possession of the pig skin when Ameer Abdullah fumbled within a dogpile, one that lasted quite a while before a whistle was blown.

Although the Lions were in pursuit of scoring when the turnover occurred, Detroit’s defense backed Abdullah up successfully as they forced a three and out.

Detroit carried a late third quarter drive over to the fourth quarter, where they planted themselves on the goal line, itching to get into the end zone for the third time.

Fourth quarter:

On first and goal, Abdullah made contact with a wall of Packers, reached for the goal line and the lost the ball, again. Luckily for him, the Lions somehow fell on top of the ball to maintain possession.

Shamefully, the Lions failed to push one across the plain when they had the ball on first and goal. A 19-yarder from Prater would suffice as it delivered a 17-point lead for the Honolulu Blue and Silver with 12:31 to go in the frigid air of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Hundley and the Packers tightened things up with 9:52 to go as the three-year veteran snuck one across the plain from the one-yard line.

Ten-point game.

After a 63-yard completion to the dangerous Theo Riddick, the Lions were welcomed back to the red zone. The Lions didn’t let that opportunity slip away.

Stafford found Jones Jr. in the end zone, again, for another touchdown. This one was from 11-yards out.

With 8:06 left, the Lions put 17 points between themselves and the Packers.

After a failed drive by the Packers, Stafford and the Lions controlled the clock all the way down to the two-minute warning.

From 31 yards out, Prater launched another one through the uprights for brownie points.

With no time on the clock, Jamaal Williams of the Packers punched one into the end zone from the one-yard line to tighten the gap of the final score.

Final from Lambeau Field: Lions 30, Packers 17

With the Monday night victory, the Lions are now 2-24 in their previous 26 games in Green Bay, but 2-1 in their last three.

These two clubs are now both locked together in the NFC North at 4-4, two games behind the leading Minnesota Vikings.

This Week 9 match-up was just about a must win for Stafford and the Lions.

The Honolulu Blue and Silver had their cheese feast in enemy territory.

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