Matt Stafford was dropping dimes all night long, finding Marvin Jones twice in the end zone as the Lions cruised to a 30-17 win over the Packers at Lambeau Field on Monday night.
The win was just the second for the Lions in 26 tries on the road against Green Bay. The last came in 2015 when the Lions broke a 23-game losing streak to the Packers in the state of Wisconsin.
Stafford went 26-for-33 for 361 yards and two scores, and the Lions didn't punt in a game for the first time since 1971. Stafford has thrown for 784 yards over the last two weeks, and he appears to be rounding into form for the second half of the season.
Jones had seven receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns, while Golden Tate kept the chains moving with seven catches for 113 yards.
Brett Hundley (26-for-38, 245 yards) had trouble moving the ball consistently, though he did seem to excel in the hurry-up offense. The Lions had success pressuring the young quarterback all night, regularly flushing him out of the pocket where he struggled to make plays.
Green Bay added a touchdown on an untimed down when Jamaal Williams punched it in from a yard out.
Prater adds a late field goal
The Lions didn't take their foot off the gas when they took over at the Green Bay 45. After a first down throw to Marvin Jones, Matt Stafford hit Golden Tate for a 23-yard gain down to the 2. Dwayne Washington lost a few yards on second down, and Stafford's third down pass was batted down at the line.
They settled for a 31-yard Matt Prater field goal that makes it 30-10 with 1:42 remaining.
Packers turn the ball over on downs
The Packers were able to get out near midfield, but Tavon Wilson blitzed on first down and dropped Brett Hundley for an eight-yard loss. After an incompletion, Hundley hit Richard Rodgers for five yards to set up 4th-and-13. Green Bay came up short, and with 6:03 on the clock, the Lions will get the ball back in Packers territory.
Lions strike back
The Lions dialed up a screen pass at the perfect time. As the Packers brought the house on a blitz, Matt Stafford got the ball to Theo Riddick, who showed off his speed with a 63-yard gain down to the Green Bay 12. Two plays later, Stafford threw his second touchdown pass of the night to Marvin Jones, who went over a defender to reel in the 11-yard score.
With 8:06 to play, the Lions have pushed their lead to 27-10.
Hundley TD cuts into Lions lead
Brett Hundley punched it in from a yard out (see how it's done, Lions?) and the Packers have cut the Lions lead to 20-10 with 9:52 remaining.
It took just two minutes, 39 seconds for the Packers to drive 78 yards and make a game of this on midway through the fourth quarter.
Hundley hit on the longest pass play of his young career when he found Randall Cobb for a 46-yard gain down to the Lions 21. Ty Montgomery ran for eight yards on the next play, and Hundley hit Davantae Adams at the 4 for a first down.
Lions can't punch it in, settle for Prater field goal
Matt Stafford carved up the Green Bay defense to get the Lions on the precipice of another touchdown, but watching the Lions try to run it in from the goal line turned out to be an exercise in futility.
Ameer Abdullah fumbled on first down, but the Lions recovered. On second down, Theo Riddick was stuffed. On third down, Matt Stafford kept it himself, and you guessed it...he didn't get in.
The Lions settled for a 19-yard Matt Prater field goal, and they've extended their lead to 20-3 with 12:31 to play in the fourth quarter.
Stafford opened up the drive with a 12-yard strike to Marvin Jones. Two plays later, it was Eric Ebron reeling in another Stafford dime for a 15-yard gain down to the Green Bay 38. After back-to-back incompletions, Jones reeled in a 23-yard reception on third down. Two plays later, it was TJ Jones that nabbed a 12-yard gain down to the 1.
Abdullah fumbles away surefire points
Matt Stafford made a big third down throw to TJ Jones to give the Lions a first down at the Green Bay 27. Points looked to be almost a certainty at this point, but Ameer Abdullah fumbled and the Packers recovered with 5:29 on the clock in the third quarter.
The Lions still lead, 17-3.
Lions defense comes up with big stop on fourth down
The Packers rolled the dice from midfield on 4th-and-2, and the Lions defense made them pay.
Green Bay called for a jet sweep to Randall Cobb, but Glover Quin snuffed it out with authority, dropping Cobb for a three-yard loss and giving the Lions offense the ball back in Packers territory.
With 7:23 remaining in the third, the Lions still lead 17-3.
Brett Hundley hit Jordy Nelson for a 12-yard gain out the the 42 on the first play of the drive. The Lions defensive line was able to bounce back and force the young quarterback out of the pocket, which resulted in back-to-back incompletions on first and second down.
Lions open second half with Prater field goal
Matt Prater made amends for an earlier miss with a 44-yard field goal that puts the Lions up 17-3 with 9:06 remaining in the third quarter.
The opening drive of the second half covered 50 yards on 11 plays: After taking a first down carry for four yards, Theo Riddick hauled in a 14-yard gain for a Lions first down out the the 42. A trick play went awry as the Packers snuffed out a flea-flicker and sacked Stafford, but it didn't matter. Stafford hit Golden Tate for 21-yard gain on the next play, giving the Lions a first down in Packers territory. Two Ameer Abdullah runs went for five yards, and Stafford hit Tate again, this time for 13 yards and a first down at the 27. The next three plays went nowhere.
Packers add last-second field goal before the half
Mason Crosby had to hurry onto the field with the clock winding down, but the Green Bay kicker's try was true from 35 yards as time expired, cutting the Lions lead to 14-3 heading into halftime.
The Packers went back to their forgotten man in Ty Montgomery as they tried to get some points on the board before the half. Montgomery had a couple of nice runs and a reception to help get Green Bay into Lions territory. Brett Hundley seemed to settle into the two-minute offense, but after taking a sack on first down from the 23, the Packers were forced to spend their final timeout with 27 seconds remaining in the half. The Lions were able to force Hundley to throw the ball away on second down thanks to good coverage down field. On 3rd-and-12 from the 25, Hundley hit Davantae Adams in the middle of the field, and the Packers were able to use the fire drill to get Crosby on the field for a last-second field goal.
Matt Stafford had himself a solid first half, going 12-for-14 for 137 yards and a score.
Golden Tate had four receptions for 56 yards, while Marvin Jones brought in three catches for 48 yards and a score.
Ameer Abdullah carried the ball 12 times for 39 yards and a four-yard touchdown.
Hundley was 13-for-18 for 80 yards. He ran the ball three times for 21 yards.
Abdullah cashes in
Ameer Abdullah touched the ball seven times, capping the drive with a four-yard touchdown run, and the Lions used 12 plays to drive 87 yards and take a 14-0 lead in Green Bay with 2:47 remaining in the first half.
Abdullah got the ball on the first four plays of the drive, netting 33 yards on the possession.
Key plays: On 3rd-and-3, Stafford found Golden Tate, who walked the tightrope for an 17-yard gain and a first down. Stafford then hit Darren Fells for 10 yards to get into Green Bay territory. After a seven-yard completion to Marvin Jones on second down, Stafford found Tate again for a catch-and-run down to the Green Bay 24. Tate took a short pass for nine yards on first down, and on the next play Abdullah powered for a first down at the 12.
Long Prater field goal attempt comes up short
The Lions defense did their job by forcing a three-and-out from the Packers, giving the offense the ball back at their own 29.
After getting into Green Bay territory, the offense stalled, and Matt Prater was sent on for a 53-yard field goal attempt. He was unable to convert, hitting the crossbar.
With 10:31 to play in the first half, the Lions lead 7-0.
Two Ameer Abdullah runs went nowhere, but Matt Stafford hit Marvin Jones for a 16-yard gain and a first down. Stafford came back to find Eric Ebron for a 19-yard gain down to the Green Bay 36. Two plays called for Theo Riddick sent the Lions backwards six yards, but the Packers gifted the Lions five yards with an offsides penalty on third down. Stafford's second chance on third down was an incomplete pass that went well over Ebron's head.
Lions cash in after Green Bay penalty
The Lions looked as if they were going to go three-and-out on their opening offensive possession, but a 15-yard penalty for a personal foul on third down by the Packers' Mike Daniels gave the drive an extra life.
That Lions took advantage, as Matt Stafford hit Marvin Jones for a 25-yard touchdown that puts the Lions up 7-0 with 1:45 remaining in the first quarter.
The score was Stafford's 200th career touchdown pass.
Golden Tate took a quick-screen for 15 yards to get the Lions into Packers territory. Jamal Agnew took a jet sweep for four yards, and Ameer Abdullah found some room with an 11-yard first down carry.
Lions bend but don't break, block FG attempt
Tahir Whitehead was able to get home on first down to sack Brett Hundley and put the Packers behind the chains after they had picked apart the Lions defense to get down near the red zone on the game's opening drive. Green Bay stalled from there, and the Lions were able to block Mason Crosby's 38-yard field goal attempt to keep the game scoreless, meaning the Packers had nothing to show for a drive that took more than eight minutes off the clock.
Hundley completed his first pass attempt of the night, finding Davantae Adams for a first down on 2nd-and-8. After a short Aaron Jones pickup on first down, Hundley kept the ball on a read-option, picking up another first down out to the Green Bay 45. A completion to Aaron Ripkowski got the Packers across midfield, and on 3rd-and-1, Hundley used his big frame to power forward for another first down. Two plays later, Hundley hit Jordy Nelson for a fourth first down, this one getting Green Bay down to the Lions 35. Trevor Davis took an end-around for nine yards, and Jones picked up another first down with ease on the next play.
Lions at Packers
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. Monday,
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis.
Records: Lions 3-4;
Line: Lions by 2