Lions placekicker Jason Hanson's game-winnning 43-yard field goal against Dallas on Sunday was his second game-winner of the season. He also booted a 48-yarder to beat Chicago in overtime. That makes the 11-year NFL veteran directly responsible for two of the Lions' three wins, but if you're going to call him a hero he's a reluctant hero.
"It's not that I don't want to," Hanson said. "It's just that I wish it didn't come down to me. I work as hard as I can, I feel I work as hard as anybody but, still, I don't want it to come down to me. You just never know.
"You want it to be a touchdown, two touchdowns, three touchdowns. You don't want it to come down to your kicker. But when it does, that's my job. I work all week for that and actually I'm starting games thinking, 'This is going to come down to me,' and spend the whole time getting ready, so I'm not taken by surprise."
The 11-year veteran has connected on 13 of 14 attempts this year. His only miss was a 55-yard attempt against Chicago in the sixth game of the season.
Hanson's three field goals on Sunday also earned him NFC special teams player of the week.
Extra Point: The last time the Lions won a road game against the Green Bay Packers was 1991, the year before they drafted defensive end Robert Porcher. During that time they've lost 10 regular season games and one playoff game in the state of Wisconsin. "I've been here 11 years and I've never won up there," Porcher said. "So immediately when the schedules come out, that's the first one I look at to see when we're going up there. "I just want to win. Eleven years and 11 losses so that's all I'm focused on." To prepare for Sunday's contest against the Packers, who lead the league in the turnover ratio, the Lions' staff plastered "Ball Security" signs across the locker room. The team is also holding the majority of its practices outdoors in the chilly, Michigan weather, as opposed to the friendly confines of their luxurious practice facility.