Packers-Lions post-game notes

The Green Bay Packers escaped Ford Field with their first victory of the season - a 31-24 win over the Lions - and without any major injuries. Defensive tackle Ryan Pickett injured his ankle with 6:23 left in the second quarter, but returned to play in the second half.

It appeared that safety Nick Collins sustained leg cramps on the final play of the game after he and other Packers defenders batted away a Hail Mary pass from Lions quarterback Jon Kitna.

Running back Ahman Green entered the game with a tender hamstring that he injured in practice on Thursday, but the veteran played the entire game, finishing with a season-high 22 carries for 63 yards rushing.

Franks bounces back
Tight end Bubba Franks admittedly had one of his worst games of his career in Green Bay's 34-27 loss to the New Orleans Saints a week ago. Franks dropped a couple of catchable passes, which either stalled or killed drives as the Saints rallied for a victory.

Afterward, Franks took the blame for Green Bay's loss because of his poor play. But the veteran bounced back with a strong performance against the Lions. He caught three passes for 39 yards and often lined up in the backfield to provide extra protection for quarterback Brett Favre.

"I wasn't too satisfied with my performance last week and it kind of ate at me all week," said Franks. "It was a matter of coming out here and showing the folks, ‘Hey, I still got it.' Last week was last week."

Extra points
-- Brett Favre's first-quarter touchdown pass to Greg Jennings marked the quarterback's longest throw since a 79-yard touchdown to Javon Walker, Sept. 26, 2004, at Indianapolis.

-- Favre has recorded consecutive 300-yard games for the first time since Dec. 19-24, 2004, in games vs. Jacksonville and at Minnesota, respectively. Today marks Favre's 50th career 300-yard passing game, including three in the playoffs. His 47 such efforts during the regular season leads all active passers.

-- The teams combined for 28 first-quarter points (14-14 tie), the highest-combined output in a Packers game since that 2004 game at Indianapolis. In that game, also a Week 3 contest, the Colts led Green Bay 21-14 entering the second quarter. Indianapolis wound up winning, 45-31.

-- Marquand Manuel recorded his first regular-season interception, as well as his first NFL points. With the Seahawks, Manuel intercepted Carolina's Jake Delhomme in the 2005 NFC Championship, Jan. 22, 2006, at Qwest Field.

-- Donald Driver delivered the key assist on Jennings' 75-yard touchdown reception, screening Detroit CB Dré Bly for several yards, allowing Jennings to score up the right sideline.

-- Ahman Green went over 10,000 career yards from scrimmage with a second-quarter carry.

-- A.J. Hawk recorded his first NFL sack, dropping Jon Kitna for a 9-yard loss early in the fourth quarter.

-- The Packers have won 10 of the last 12 games against Detroit.

-- The Lions were without two starting DBs -- Kenoy Kennedy (foot) and Fernando Bryant (personal issues).

-- Detroit OG Ross Verba, playing in his first game since 2004, left the game with an aggravated hamstring.

-- The Lions activated WR Mike Williams for the first time this season, but he didn't play extensively until the end of the game.

-- WR Roy Williams finished the game with single-game career high 138 yards on 7 catches (19.7 avg.), along with the 42-yarder from Kitna. It was his fifth career 100-yard receiving game. Williams' 19.7 yards per catch average was the highest of his career in games where he has recorded at least five receptions.

-- TE Dan Campbell, who came into today's with receptions of 23 and 30 yards in the first two games respectively, recorded three receptions (25, 6, and 22) for a career single-game high 53 yards. He averaged 17.7 yards per catch during today's game. Of his five receptions this season, four have been at least 22 yards.

-- Lions RB Kevin Jones registered 125 total yards (81 rushing, 34 receiving). His 81 rushing yards occurred on 17 carries for 4.8 avg. and he scored his first rushing touchdown of the season. Thus far in 2006, he has had at least 5 receptions in each of the first three games, with a career high of 6 occurring last week at Chicago (9/17/06).


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