Frustrating: Lions Drop OT Loss To Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. - If there was one game that encapsulated the 2005 Detroit Lions season, Sunday night's 16-13 overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers was exactly that.

GREEN BAY, Wis. - If there was one game that encapsulated the 2005 Detroit Lions season, Sunday night's 16-13 overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers was exactly that.

The Lions (4-9) could not convert touchdowns despite two opportunities inside the five yard line in the first quarter, settling for Jason Hanson field goals instead. A critical possession early in the fourth quarter ended in downs.

That possession was a 12-play, 69 yard drive that led the Lions to the Packers one-yard line. However, after consecutive runs by Artose Pinner failed to reach the end zone, a questionable one-yard plunge by quarterback Jeff Garcia on fourth down predictably failed.

It is an issue that has plagued the team throughout the season, but was merely a sample of what was perhaps the most frustrating loss experienced by the team during a forgettable campaign.

And that is saying a lot.

On the Packers ensuing drive, one of the more controversial calls of the season negated what should have been a safety for Detroit. Green Bay running back Samkon Gado, stuffed in his own end zone, was tackled while attempting to rid of the football to prevent the safety.

The initial call issued two points to Detroit, but the referee crew retracted the call after a complaint lodged by Packers' coach Mike Sherman. But replays showed that Gado's knees were visibly down prior to tossing the football out of the end zone, and a holding call -- which should have also resulted in a safety -- was also eerily dumped.

Lions' interim coach Dick Jauron refused to issue a challenge.

The call drew comparisons to the reversal of tight end Marcus Pollard's touchdown catch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier in the season. Pollard's catch was arguably six-points, but there was not sufficient evidence to overturn the call -- yet the umpire did, and the Lions ultimately lost the game.

After Detroit and Green Bay exchanged possessions, the game went into overtime, where the Lions frustrations became apparent.

During Gado's first down scamper, Lions' defensive tackle Shaun Rogers dubiously shoved Gado while he was out of bounds, drawing a 15-yard penalty and single-handedly placing Green Bay in field goal range.

Placekicker Ryan Longwell's 28-yard field goal handed the Packers a 16-13 win (the same result as 2004), and kept afloat Detroit's 14-year futility streak at Lambeau Field.

Garcia was an ineffective 13-of-24 for 112 yards and one touchdown. Pinner received the bulk of the work on the ground, carrying 13 times for 25 yards, although Kevin Jones' nine carries resulted in a team-high 63 yards.

Gado, an undrafted free-agent this season, led the Packers with 171 yards on just 29 carries, including a 64-yard touchdown run.


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