Reactions to Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers game
Here are reactions to notable moments during Monday night's Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers game, compiled by Eric Coughlin of The Detroit News.
A good quarterback can be the difference between the playoffs and the golf course in the NFL, and the Packers, for maybe the first time since before Brett Favre, are finding that out.
The Lions chased Packer quarterback Brett Hundley all around Lambeau Field Monday night en route to a 30-17 victory.
Hundley finished 26-for-38 for 245 yards and no touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford busted out of his funk in a big way, going 26-for-33 with 361 yards and two scores.
Golden Tate and Marvin Jones Jr. were the major recipients of Stafford's impressive accuracy, although Jones Jr.'s two touchdown catches were incredible grabs. They both had seven catches. Tate had 113 yards and Jones Jr. 107 with two touchdowns.
You know everything is clicking for the Lions when even Eric Ebron has a few catches.
The Lions get the Browns at home on Sunday.
As the clock ticked down, some Lions fans wanted more consistency.
Others were ebullient or in plain disbelief at another Lions victory at Lambeau.
Stafford and Jones Jr. continued their connection in this game with their second touchdown, making it 27-10 Lions mid-fourth quarter. It was Jones's fifth score of the season.
This Hundley run made it 20-10 Lions with about 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter. It was his third touchdown of the season.
Brett Hundley is having trouble moving the ball, and Packers fans think the refs aren't helping:
The Packer field goal unit performed a fire drill at the end of the half to make it 14-3 Lions. Crosby is now 8/10 on the year.
A perfect play call and Ameer Abdullah's legs made it 14-0 Lions in the second quarter. It was Abdullah's second touchdown of the season.
Lions fans were surprised the Detroit could punch one in on the ground:
Golden Tate executed a perfect pirouette to snag this ball in the second quarter with the Lions up 7-0.
Matt Prater has played great this year, but he missed a 55-yard field goal in the first half.
Marvin Jones Jr. made a spectacular touchdown catch on the Lions' first drive to put Detroit up 7-0 in the first quarter and give Matt Stafford 200 career touchdowns, making him the fourth-youngest quarterback to reach 200.
A'Shawn Robinson got his big mitt on this Mason Crosby field goal attempt to sour Green Bay's opening drive.
A win would bring the Lions to 4-4, tied with the Packers for second place in the NFC North and two games behind the Vikings. Detroit has lost four of its last five, but all-everything Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers had been lost for the season, so Brett Hundley got the start. Even with a win, the Lions would have a lot of work to do in the second half of the season to get back into playoff contention.
Despite a history of ineptitude at Lambeau, the Lions' official Twitter account was excited to play on Monday night in front of a national audience that was probably quite large:
Pregame, Lions fans were optimistic about the Lions' chance of winning: