Packers-Lions: Game Notes

Notes and numbers from the Packers disappointing loss

Tidbits from the Packers' 22-14 Thanksgiving Day loss at Detroit's Ford Field:

  • With 5 turnovers Thursday, the Packers' ratio slipped to minus-12.  While that's a number that contributed greatly to the team's 6 losses, it isn't even close to their record. The 1976 and 1983 squads stand tied for that dubious honor with a takeaway deficit of minus-19. The 1983 record-tying season included QB Lynn Dickey's team-record 29 interceptions.
  • The trio of interceptions gives Favre back-to-back three-interception games for just the third time in his career. Last season he had three picks in week 10 and four in week 11, both losses. In 1998, Favre strung together three games with three picks in weeks 4-6. That time they were 1-2 during the stretch.
  • Favre's 5-yard touchdown pass to Bubba Franks in the second quarter ran the QB's TD streak to 21 consecutive games. Favre can tie Packer record-holder Cecil Isbell at 21 games next week vs. Chicago at Lambeau Field.
  • The Favre-to-Franks touchdown capped an 8-play, 84-yard drive which consumed 5:06. The drive was the Packers' 18th scoring drive this season of 70-yards or more.
  • The Lions' 10-0 first-quarter lead marked the largest deficit faced by the Packers since their Week 1 loss to the Vikings.
  • Lions' veteran defensive end Robert Porcher recorded his 9th career sack of Favre. Porcher is Detroit's all-time sack leader with 95.
  • Despite TD drives of 65 and 84 yards, the Packers did not convert a third down  until Favre hit Wesley Walls for an 11-yard gain on third-and-7 with 2 minutes remaining in the game. Walls' catch ended an 0-for-8 run on third down plays, which included two Favre interceptions, both by Dre' Bly.
  • The Packers' only take-away was Mike McKenzie's fourth-quarter interception - his second pick of the season.
  • The Packers' rushing production of 52 yards was their lowest of the season, eclipsing the previous low set in their Week 1 loss to the Vikings. In that game the Packer ground game produced just 62 yards, including Ahman Green's 53 yards on 15 carries. This time, the Lions held Green to 57 yards on 13 carries.
  • The Lions rode rare winning trends Thursday. Detroit had allowed only 6 fourth-quarter points at home coming into the Thanksgiving game … they are 13-2 when Jason Hanson kicks 4 or more field goals.
  • Meanwhile, the game was just the second of the season without a Ryan Longwell field goal. Longwell didn't have a trey in the Packers' 35-13 Week 5 win over the Seattle Seahawks.


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