Drive of the Game: Packers lose TD, score anyway

When Ahman Green's 79-yard touchdown off a perfectly executed screen pass was erased by a questionable holding call, it seemed like the odds were becoming more and more stacked against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Instead, the Packers put together one of their best scoring drives of the season to continue a comeback and spur a 16-13 victory over Detroit.

The Packers trailed 13-3 and had momentum on their side midway through the third quarter. The Packers defense, pushed around for most of the first half, had stopped the Lions on second- and third-and-short situations to thwart a potential scoring drive.

The Packers took over at their 10-yard line after a Lions punt, and came out firing when Brett Favre hooked up with Donald Driver for 11 yards on a slant. Then came the screen to Green, with guard Mike Wahle pushing his man to the outside and rookie center Scott Wells pushing his man inside. Way downfield, Driver had a Lions defensive back tied up, giving Green clear sailing.

Wells, however, was called for a questionable holding penalty.

"I'll let you guys all decide if it was a bad call," Wells said. "I disagreed with (the call) — I thought my hands were inside — but being able to continue the drive after getting a blow like that, and then being able to put points on the board is definitely huge."

And continue the drive they did.

Faced with a first-and-18, Favre hit Najeh Davenport in the flat and Tony Fisher broke off a nice run to give the Packers a manageable third-and-6. Detroit continued its penalty-filled ways when Shaun Rogers jumped offsides — he then drilled Favre but was not penalized — to give the Packers a third-and-short.

Davenport blasted through a big hole off left guard to convert, then Favre fit a ball into tight coverage to Driver for 14 yards and another first down to the Lions' 47. Fisher got into the act on the next snap, breaking the grasp of three would-be tacklers to turn a short gain into a 13-yarder. The Packers got another first down with a Davenport run and a Favre-to-Bubba Franks connection.

With first down at the Detroit 23, Favre threw a laser through the 30-mph winds to Driver, who made a leaping catch in double coverage to give the Packers their only touchdown of the game and trim the Lions' lead to 13-10.

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