Packers-Lions: Post-game notes

Poppinga injures knee in fourth quarter

Linebacker Brady Poppinga injured his left knee on a Lions kickoff return early in the fourth quarter and did not return. Packers coach Mike Sherman did not have any further details immediately after the game, but said that the rookie may have sustained a serious injury.

Further details will be available upon further examination on Monday, Sherman said.

Poppinga, who made his first start of the season, was replaced by Roy Manning at the strong-side linebacker position.

Cornerback Ahmad Carroll sustained a hip pointer injury in the second quarter and returned in the third quarter. Carroll was replaced by rookie Mike Hawkins late in the second quarter.

Lions running back Kevin Jones, who had a 40-yard run on the fourth play from scrimmage, left the game with an elbow injury but returned in the second half.

Overtime record improves
The Packers played their 28th franchise overtime game against the Lions. Including a 2-1 record in sudden-death playoff games, the Packers are now 12-12-4 all-time. These teams had played three overtime games previously, Nov. 20, 1983 (Detroit 23, Green Bay 20); Oct. 11, 1987 (Detroit 19, Green Bay 16); and Oct. 29, 1989 (Green Bay 23, Detroit 20).

Did not suit up
The following Packers were not part of the 45-man game day roster: cornerback Patrick Dendy, linebacker Robert Thomas, offensive linemen Junius Coston and Chris White, tight end Bubba Franks, and defensive tackle Donnell Washington. Craig Nall was the team's designated third quarterback.

Tight end David Martin started at tight end for Franks, who sustained neck and back injuries in Green Bay's loss to the Chicago Bears a week earlier.

Paris Lenon started at the ‘Will' linebacker position (weak-side) for Thomas, who aggravated a quadriceps injury against the Bears last Sunday. Poppinga started his first game of his career on the strong-side in place of Na'il Diggs, who injured the MCL in both knees this season.

The following Lions were not part of the 45-man game day roster: wide receivers Troy Edwards and Eddie Drummond, fullback Paul Smith, safety Jon McGraw, offensive tackle Victor Rogers, tight end Casey Fitzsimmons, and linebacker Boss Bailey. Dan Orlovsky was the designated third quarterback.

Wali Rainer started at the strong-side linebacker position in place of Bailey. R.W. McQuarters started at left cornerback for Andre Goodman, and Bracy Walker started at free safety for Vernon Fox.

Extra points
-- Samkon Gado's 64-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was his sixth rushing touchdown of the season, which is a Packers record for a rookie. Gado surpassed Brent Fullwood and Gerry Ellis, who each had five during their rookie seasons. The run also was the Packers' longest play from scrimmage of the season. It marked the third-longest run ever by a Packers rookie - Paul Hornung (1957) and Ralph Earhart (1948) share the record, each with 72-yard runs. Gado's run was the longest rush by a rookie in 48 years, since Hornung made the 72-yard carry in 1957.

-- Gado moved to No. 3 on the Packers' all-time rookie rushing list, moving past Bob Monnett (413 in 1933), Cecil Isbell (445 in 1938) and Kenneth Davis (519 in 1986). Gado currently has 537 rushing yards on the season.

-- Brett Favre surpassed 3,000 yards passing for his 14th straight season Sunday night. Favre broke a tie for the NFL record with Dan Marino (13, 1984-92, 1994-95, 1997-98). Favre's consecutive 3,000-yard seasons are already the league standard.

-- Wide receiver Donald Driver's catch in the second quarter marked his 61st consecutive game with a reception. Driver passed Edgar Bennett (60) for second all-time. Sterling Sharpe set the Packers record with 103 straight games with a catch in the late 1980s to early 1990s.

-- Antonio Chatman is now No. 2 on Green Bay's all-time punt return list with a current career total of 101 punt returns. He surpassed Al Carmichael and Phillip Epps (100 each), needing one coming into the game to capture the ranking. The franchise leader is Hall of Famer Willie Wood, who racked up 187 from 1960-71.


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