The Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers are preparing to face off for the 187th time in their storied rivalry. Because of the playoff implications, the game has been flexed to Sunday night. This rivalry will be showcased for the whole country to watch. This will be a game you do not want to miss.
Winning at Lambeau Field has not always been in the repertoire for the Lions. However, they have started to turn the tides lately. Here are the Lions best five games in Green Bay (in recent memory):
5. December 28, 2014: Detroit Lions – 20, Green Bay Packers – 30
Ok, so in my lifespan the Lions have not won at Lambeau much. So we have to acknowledge some valiant efforts in losses. This game brought the Lions the closest they have ever been to a NFC North title. Both teams came into this game with an 11-4 record, and the winner would take home the division crown.
It was a semi-competitive game, with the Lions ultimately falling to Green Bay. Stafford threw for 217 yards and 3 TDs while Rodgers threw for 226 and 2 TDs. Joique Bell was the leading rusher for Detroit, totaling just 60 yards on the ground. Calvin Johnson had a bad game for this standards, only catching four passes for 39 yards.
Detroit still make the playoffs as a Wild Card team. However, they lost to the Dallas Cowboys 24-20. This game still brings back a lot of bad memories for Lions fans. It was a game the Lions should have won (if it wasn’t for a little home cooking).
After securing a bye week as the #2 seed, Green Bay beat the Cowboys in the Divisional Round. This was the infamous Dez Bryant catch-no catch game, which sealed the victory for the Packers. Green Bay lost in the NFC Championship to the Seattle Seahawks, 28-22 in overtime.
4. October 14, 2019: Detroit Lions – 22, Green Bay Packers – 23 (MNF)
Another good effort that fell short, and another screw job by the referees. The Detroit Lions were not on their best on offense, settling for 5 Matt Prater field goals. However, they did just enough to win.
The refs had other ideas, helping Green Bay drive the ball late in the fourth quarter. This came at the cost of two hands-to-the-face penalties by DE Trey Flowers, who was clearly frustrated after the game. Mason Crosby kicked the game-winner for the Packers, nailing the coffin in the Lions.
Detroit still make a lot of solid plays. The game began with a Stafford heave to WR Kenny Golladay for 66 yards. On their next possession, Stafford produced another chunk play, this time to Marvin Hall for 58 yards. Stafford finished the game with no passing touchdowns or interceptions.
The defense, however, created turnovers, none of which were capitalized on. A’Shawn Robinson forced a lost fumble on Aaron Jones in the first quarter. CB Justin Coleman intercepted a Rodgers pass on the goal line early in the fourth quarter. Detroit was playing well on the defensive side of the ball.
A game that would like to be forgotten. Despite the result and average offensive play, they had a chance to win the game late. They just happened to fall short in a heartbreaker.
Fun Fact: Jamaal Williams led the Packers in rushing this game, running for 104 yards on 14 carries. Glad he is on our side now.
3. November 6, 2017: Detroit Lions – 30, Green Bay Packers – 17 (MNF)
Now let’s get to the wins. This was another rival matchup on Monday Night Football. This Lions victory evened their record with the Packers, both 4-4 on the season.
Sure, Aaron Rodgers did not play in the game. But a win against the Packers is a win nonetheless. The Lions jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. The first score of the game came from a Stafford touchdown pass to Marvin Jones Jr., who finished the game with two spectacular touchdown grabs. Golden Tate led the Lions in receiving yards with 113. Ameer Abdullah led the team in rushing yards with 48 (ew). These old names ring a bell?
Stafford had a very clean game, throwing for 361 yards and 2 TDs. He recorded this 200th career passing touchdown in this contest. Brett Hundley for the Packers threw for 245 yards and no touchdowns.
The Lions also did not punt in this game, which at the time was the first since Thanksgiving of 1971.
This victory began a four-game win streak for the Lions against Green Bay. Nicceeeeee.
2. December 30, 2018: Detroit Lions – 31, Green Bay Packers – 0
This was the fourth game of that four-game win streak. This was the last week of the season, and the Lions had nothing to play for. Still, Detroit shut out the Packers at Lambeau for the first time since 1970.
Aaron Rodgers began the game for the Packers, but he left after suffering a concussion. DeShone Kizer took over, and was not able to make anything happen.
The most memorable moment from this game was a fake field goal from Matt Prater, which resulted in him throwing a touchdown pass to TE Levine Toilolo. Pat McAfee was on the broadcast and beautifully commented the play. For the Brand.
Pure domination from the Lions. 266 yards and 2 TDs from Stafford. Zach Zenner led the way with 93 yards and a touchdown. T.J. Jones caught two touchdowns. Brandon Powell had over 100 yards receiving. The Lions were making it happen with their second, third, and fourth stringers.
How sweet it felt. The Lions finished the 2018 season with a 6-10 record while the Packers finished at 6-9-1.
1. November 15, 2015: Detroit Lions – 18, Green Bay Packers – 16
I’m sure well all remember this game; how could you not? This was the first Lions win at Lambeau since 1991….
It was not pretty. Prater missed two extra points. Calvin Johnson muffed an onside kick which gave the Packers a potential winning drive. The Packers drove a little bit to set up for a game-wining 52-yard field goal…. BUT HE MISSED. The ball swirled through the air and eventually fell short.
It was not an exciting game for the average viewer, but it made the day of all Lions fans.
Besides the missed kick, another notable play was Ameer Abdullah’s kick return to begin the second half. Took the ball out from five yards deep in the Lions end zone and ran 104 yads to the Packers one-yard line. Detroit scored two plays later with a Stafford pass to TE Brandon Pettigrew.
The biggest defensive play of the game was by Crezdon Butler, who was elevated from the practice squad before the game. He broke up a Rodgers pass to Davante Adams on the two-point convertion that would have tied the game 18-18. Instead, the Lions held on with the lead and the win. A career play for Butler, and an unsung hero for the Lions.
These games were the best of recent memory in Lambeau. It’ll be tough, but hopefully the Lions can get the job done this weekend on Sunday night and find their play into the playoffs. It is a game you won’t want to miss.
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