The Green Bay Packers completed a fourth quarter comeback against the division rival Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football behind controversial officiating late in the game.
To start the Week 6 matchup, Aaron Rodgers was running an offense with limited help surrounding him. Davante Adams, Rodgers top target, is nursing a toe injury, keeping him sidelined for an undisclosed amount of time.
As the Lions are fighting for playoff relevancy, the Packers were fighting for complete control of the NFC North moving forward. The outlook of the division is becoming more revealing as each week progresses, with the Packers and Minnesota Vikings emerging as the clear favorites to battle for the division title.
The Lions were in complete control of the game from the start, taking a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter. After a 26-yard Matt Prater field goal, the Lions scored a touchdown from Kerryon Johnson, who scored from a one-yard run to cap off a 74-yard drive.
The Lions defense forced plenty of turnovers throughout the night, which forced the Packers offense to remain conservative during crucial points. The Packers would finally score on a five-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Jamaal Williams to follow-up another Prater field goal.
Williams has battled with Aaron Jones for the main portion of running back touches. Against the Lions, Williams totaled 136 yards and one touchdown on 18 total touches. Jones was held in check, totaling just 60 yards on 15 total touches. Possessing too much talent to field is a good problem to have, especially with an offense that’s devastated with injuries.
After a Mason Crosby 37-yard field goal, the score at halftime was 13-10, in favor of the Lions. The Packers were able to battle back after the rough first quarter.
Crosby opened the second half with a 48-yard field goal to tie the score. Both offenses remained stagnant throughout the quarter, with Prater nailing back-to-back-to-back field goals to give the Lions a commanding 22-13 lead in the middle of the fourth quarter.
That’s when the controversy with the officials started.
Facing a third down, defensive lineman Trey Flowers sacked Rodgers, forcing the Packers into a punting situation. Not so fast Lions fans, as Flowers was called for hands to the face on the offensive tackle. Upon simple reviewing of the play, Flowers kept his hands on the shoulder pads and was no where near the face. So, instead of the Packers punting to the Lions, the Packers were given a fresh set of downs.
The Packers wouldn’t let the opportunity go to waste, scoring on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Allen Lazard. Lazard finished with 65 receiving yards and one touchdown.
The next drive saw the same situation arise, with Flowers again being called for a penalty for hands to the face. As before, Flowers was clean. But the call allowed the Packers to continue their near seven-minute drive to set up Crosby with a 23-yard field goal to win the game.