LI­ONS 18, PACKERS 16

Sum­mary; game re­port; box score.

Packer Plus - - News - By GENARO C. ARMAS

Green Bay — Aaron Rodgers sounded sub­dued and felt a lit­tle sore.

Green Bay's 18-16 loss on Sun­day to the Detroit Li­ons may sting f or quite some time af­ter Ma­son Crosby missed a 52-yard field goal as time ex­pired.

Detroit snapped a 24-game road los­ing streak in the se­ries that dated back more than two decades. The Pack- ers of­fense strug­gled against a team ranked 26th in the league in de­fense.

“We needed 19 points to win to­day, you would ex­pect us at home to score 19 points,” Rodgers said.

But the of­fense re­mains in a rut.

The Packers (6-3) lost their third straight game, but this was a new low af­ter their two pre­vi­ous de­feats came on the road to Su­per Bowl con­tenders Den­ver and Carolina.

Matthew Stafford t hrew for two touch­downs and 242 yards for the Li­ons (2-7). The or­ga­ni­za­tion had been reel­ing fol­low­ing the mid­sea­son fir­ings of the team pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager.

“I bet no­body gave us a chance, but that's the way we like it,” Stafford said.

The Packers had a couple shots to win or tie in the fi­nal min­utes be­cause of sev­eral Detroit mis­takes. Matt Prater missed two ex­tra points, but also hit field goals from 49 and 51 yards.

A slug­gish game filled with three-and-outs turned into a thriller in the fourth quar­ter.

Crosby had a chance for a win­ning field goal af­ter rookie Da­mar­i­ous Ran­dall re­cov­ered an on­side kick mis­han­dled by Calvin John­son with about 31 sec­onds left.

Detroit had stopped Green Bay on a 2-point con­ver­sion at­tempt af­ter Rodgers hit Justin Per­illo for an 11-yard touch­down pass on the pre­vi­ous drive. Backup cor­ner­back Crez­don But­ler, signed from the prac­tice squad on Fri­day, stuck a hand in front of Da­vante Adams to break up the 2-point try.

“We dropped one to­day that we felt we had a very good op­por­tu­nity to win this game,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

Rodgers was 35 of 61 for 333 yards, but wasn't at his best. Re­ceivers in­clud­ing Ran­dall Cobb and Adams had a few drops.

Pro­tec­tion was spotty. Left tackle David Bakhtiari left in the f ourth quar­ter with a knee in­jury.

Rodgers made some un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally shaky throws and got up slow a few times fol­low­ing hits.

“Well, I'm a lit­tle sore right now but I'll be good to go in a couple of days,” Rodgers said.

It's not good enough block­ing for McCarthy.

“Aaron's been hit way too much three weeks in a row,” McCarthy said. “No one feels good about it. I'm sure he doesn't feel very good.”

Green Bay fi­nally got into the end zone when Rodgers found tight end Richard Rodgers for a 4-yard touch­down pass with 5:55 left.

Lance Moore's 4-yard touch­down re­cep­tion in­creased Detroit's lead to 18-10 four min­utes later, and the Li­ons staved off the Packers fol­low­ing Per­illo's score.

The Packers' run­ning game also stalled, with James Starks gain­ing just 42 yards on 15 car­ries.

It has been a pre­cip­i­tous de­cline for a quick-strike of­fense that was once the envy of the NFL.

“This isn't easy,” McCarthy said. “And frankly, if we spoiled you in the past, that's great. We're look­ing for­ward to spoil­ing you again in the fu­ture.”

Even Crosby's 44-yard field goal in the first quar­ter needed a lit­tle luck af­ter glanc­ing off the left up­right but over the cross­bar.

Oth­er­wise, a Detroit de­fense with­out line­backer DeAn­dre Levy and cor­ner­back Rashean Mathis for the year frus­trated the Packers much of the af­ter­noon.

“We dropped one to­day that we felt we had a very good op­por­tu­nity to win this game.” Mike McCarthy

RICK WOOD / RWOOD@JOUR­NALSEN­TINEL.COM

Li­ons cor­ner­back Crez­don But­ler knocks away a pass from Da­vante Adams on a 2-point at­tempt that would have tied the game.

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