Packers-Lions game notes

Limited options: Ahman Green joined a small club with his halfback option touchdown pass to Donald Driver.

The last running back to complish the feat was Paul Ott Carruth. The 'Bama product and former Birmingham Stallion threw a 3-yard TD to fullback Jessie Clark in a 20-10 loss to the New York Giants Dec. 19, 1987 in East Rutherford, N.J. Carruth played QB in high school and was the Packers' emergency quarterback that season.

As a coach, Forrest Gregg was fond of the option pass, and one of his favorite weapons was RB Gerry Ellis. The RB out of Missouri threw five passes in 1983, completing two of them with one touchdown. Ellis had an 11-yard TD pass to tight end Paul Coffman in Green Bay's 34-14 loss at Cincinnati on Oct. 30, 1983. Two weeks earlier, Ellis had a much more notable achievement: his 56-yard reception of a Lynn Dickey pass set up Jan Stenerud's game-winning Field goal in Green Bay's 48-47 Monday Night Football win over the Redskins.

While Green is the first running back to throw a TD since the '80s, Packers tight end Bubba Franks accomplished the same feat in 2002. On his first NFL passing attempt, Franks thew a 31-yard touchdown toss to Donald Driver late in the first half of Green Bay's 17-14 win over Carolina on Sept. 29, 2002.

Big W: The Packers' 38-10 win over Detroit at Ford Field Sunday was their biggest road win over the Lions since Green Bay pounded their hosts 31-3 Dec. 15, 1996 in the Silverdome.

The 38 points is the most by the Packers at Detroit since their exciting 44-40 win on Thanksgiving Day 1986 thanks to Walter Stanley's decisive punt return touchdown.

Stats and streaks: Darren Sharper's interception return TD is the 4th of his career and moves him into a three-way tie for second place on the Packers' all-time defensive touchdown list behind Bobby Dillon and Doug Hart. Herb Adderley holds first play with seven career defensive touchdowns.

Sharper now has three interceptions this season for 53 return yards, ahead of last year's pace of five picks with 78 return yards but no touchdown.

*Green's 81 yards rushing yards and three yards receiving pushed him closer to the 10,000 all-purpose yardage mark. Green stands at 9,947 yards, including his kickoff return yardage with Seattle.

The RB also closed in on the top three of the team's total offense list. Green now has 8,178 yards, just shy of No. 4 Sterling Sharpe with 8,206 and No. 3. Don Hutson 8,275.

*Ryan Longwell's 50-yard field goal is his second of the season from 50 yards or more in three attempts. His career stats from 50-plus stand at 8-of-16.

Defense dictates pace: The Packers forced an opponent to go 3-and-out for the first time this season. The Lions' first three plays netted 7 yards, thanks to Nick Barnett's second sack of the season as he threw Joey Harrington for a nine-yard loss on third down.

Back on the board: Najeh Davenport's rushing touchdown was the Packers' first since Week 1. Green Bay has now won six consecutive games when they have at least one rushing TD.

Climbing the ladder: The Packers' visit to last place for the first time in 16 years turned out to be mercifully brief. Thanks to their win and the Bears' loss to Washington, Green Bay has climbed out of the cellar and to within one-half game of the second-place Lions.

A win next week over Dallas would give the Packers the same 3-4 start that they had last year when they won the division by a slim margin and reached the second round of the playoffs.

Injuries: Javon Walker suffered bruised ribs in the second quarter and remained in the game for one play before being taken to the lockerroom for x-rays at halftime. The receiver provided a scare when he didn't return to the sidelines immediately after halftime, but emerged from the lockerroom after Sharper's interception-return touchdown. Walker returned to action in the third quarter. Immediately upon his return Walker caught a 12-yard pass on third-and-9 from Favre out of the shotgun to set up Davenport's 13-yard touchdown run.

In Walker's absence Kelvin Kight, brought up from the practice squad Saturday, was brought into the lineup at WR but did not have a catch.

Guard Marco Rivera suffered a right-arm laceration. He returned to the game after sideline treatment.


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