"For a short week after playing on Monday night, it was a long week," said Packers coach and general manager Mike Sherman. "It started off with the news of Tom's (Rossley) heart issue that we had to deal with and that hit us pretty hard. I'm glad to get Tom back on his feet, and I thought our players responded today with all the adversity that we've faced. I told them last night that ‘you can't get your back any further against the wall than we have it right now.' You have to play this game with the heart and soul of a champion and lay it on the line. I thought they responded very well."
Sherman called the plays on offense for Rossley, who underwent an emergency angioplasty on Tuesday.
Green Bay's defense, which entered the game ranked 31st in the league, held the Lions without a first down in the second half. The Packers (2-4) outscored the Lions 31-3 since the Lions tied the game at 7-7 on Harrington's 28-yard touchdown pass to Az-Zahir Hakim late in the first quarter. The Lions, seeking their best start since 1991, slipped to 3-2 in the NFC North Division.
Brett Favre threw two touchdowns in the first half, completing 14 of 23 passes for 165 yards, as the Packers took a 17-10 lead. His scoring throws came on a seven-yard pass to Donald Driver and a 13-yarder to Tony Fisher.
Safety Darren Sharper's 35-yard return for a touchdown on the Lions' first possession in the third quarter gave the Packers a 24-10 lead.
Running back Ahman Green iced the game for the Packers by throwing his first touchdown pass ever – a 20-yarder to wide receiver Donald Driver – after taking a handoff from Favre early in the fourth quarter. The Packers held the Lions to 125 total yards and only five first downs, by far Green Bay's best game on defense this season.
"It was excecution of our players doing their jobs the way we expect them to do it and then playing at a high level," Sherman said. "We've come into Detroit here and have not played well, obviously. Last Thanksgiving is firmly imprinted in my memory. They did a great job today. I'm proud of them. It's been a tough week for everybody. To come out in this fashion ... It's one game. We're not out of the hole yet. We still have a ways to go to get out of this hole, but we're fighting to get out."