Packers answer Lions early surge, dominate 3rd and 4th quarters in win


Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Jones celebrates his touchdown catch during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

(WFRV) – In one of the oddest home openers ever in Green Bay, Packers overcame a slow start to pick up a win over Detroit inside an empty Lambeau Field.

The Lions offense was rolling early. After a pair of 75 yard touchdown drives Detroit was in front 14-3 after the first quarter.

Then Green Bay got things going, especially on the ground. Running back Aaron Jones had the Packers first “Lambeau Leap” of 2020 after a seven yard touchdown in the second quarter. Then Jones tacked on a 75 yard touchdown, the longest of his career, to open the third quarter.

Jones wrapped up the day with 168 yards and two scores on the ground, as well as another 68 yards an a score through the air.

The defense bounced back from that slow start. That includes a pick-six by Chandon Sullivan in the third quarter that helped the Packers build their lead to 17 points at the time. The pass rush also had a good day against the Lions getting to Stafford four times, including a final combined sack by Rashan Gary and Preston Smith on Detroit’s last drive.

Banged Up

Offensive lineman Billy Turner was active on Sunday, but wasn’t needed. Head coach Matt LaFleur elected to start Rick Wagner at right tackle with Lucas Patrick lining up alongside at right guard. The Packers do have more injury concerns up front coming out Sunday’s game after Corey Linsley exited in the fourth quarter with a hand injury.

Perhaps the most pressing injury coming out of the game is Davante Adams. The Packers star wide receiver was out at the end of the game due to hamstring injury.

Kick returner Tyler Ervin was being evaluated for a concussion at the end of Sunday’s game.

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