Packers defeat Detroit Lions in NFC match up, 24-20

DETROIT -- The Green Bay Packers defeated the Detroit Lions Sunday, November 18th in Detroit. The Packers won their fifth straight with their 24-20 victory over the Lions.

The Packers took on the 4-5 Detroit Lions in Week 11 of NFL regular season play -- coming off a Week 10 bye. Sunday's game was the first time since a week two contest vs. the Bears that the Packers played a game against an NFC North foe.

Packers' kicker Mason Crosby struggled vs. the Lions, missing two field goal attempts, as the Packers' offense was stalled for much of the game.

On defense, the Pack was without star pass rusher Clay Matthews in this game.

The Packers trailed the Lions 10-7 at halftime. In the third quarter, Packers' safety M.D. Jennings returned an interception of a Matt Stafford pass 72 yards for a touchdown.

Then, the Lions' Stafford capped an 83-yard drive with a 25-yard touchdown to Calvin Johnson, and the Lions made the extra point.

Rodgers then launched a 22-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb, and Crosby was able to convert the extra point, giving the Packers a one-point lead with less than two minutes to play.

The Packers' defense stopped the Lions on fourth-and-15 from the Lions' 20-yard line. Then, Crosby kicked a game-clinching 39-yard field goal with less than 20 seconds to play -- sealing the Packers' victory.

Coming off of their Week 10 bye, the Packers looked to extend their winning streak to five games. Green Bay was the only team in the league to come out of its bye on a winning streak of four games or more each of the last two seasons (seven-game streak going into bye in 2011).

Now, the Packers will wait for the results of Monday night's Chicago at San Francisco game. With a Chicago loss, the Packers would be tied with the Bears for the NFC North lead.

Including Sunday’s game at Detroit, five of the Packers’ final seven games will be against NFC North foes.

The Packers next take on the Giants on November 25th.

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