Lions QB throws for 361 yards in easy vic­tory over Pack­ers

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Green Bay — Matthew Stafford put on a quar­ter­back clinic for the De­troit Lions at Lam­beau Field.

Aaron Rodgers could only watch from the side­line.

Stafford passed for 361 yards and two touch­downs to Marvin Jones, and the Lions snapped a three-game los­ing streak with a 30-17 win on Mon­day night over the of­fen­sively-chal­lenged Green Bay Pack­ers.

“Matt (made) some great throws … I just did what I love to do — go out there and get them,” Jones said.

Stafford was 26 of 33, in­clud­ing 12 of 14 in the first half with a 25-yard touch­down pass to Jones. Ameer Ab­dul­lah added a 4-yard touch­down run for De­troit (4-4).

Green Bay (4-4) fi­nally got in the end zone on Brett Hund­ley’s 1-yard quar­ter­back sneak with 9:52 left.

The Lions an­swered with Stafford’s 11-yard touch­down pass to Jones with 8:06 re­main­ing, putting the game out of reach with a 17-point lead. Jones had seven catches for 107 yards.

The Pack­ers have lost three straight games. Their once-po­tent of­fense has strug­gled since Rodgers broke his right col­lar­bone on Oct. 15 at Min­nesota.

Hund­ley fin­ished 26 of 38 for 245 yards. Cor­ner­back Dar­ius Slay blan­keted Jordy Nel­son when the Pack­ers did try to throw long while the game was still com­pet­i­tive.

“With this one ob­vi­ously it doesn’t get a whole lot bet­ter than this. We played well,” Lions coach Jim Cald­well said.

Ab­dul­lah fum­bled the ball away in the third quar­ter, but the Pack­ers went three-and-out on the en­su­ing drive. Fa­mil­iar prob­lems in the red zone popped up for the Lions when they were stopped on three plays at the Pack­ers 1, forced to set­tle for a field goal for a 17-point lead with 12:25 left.

But with­out Rodgers, the Pack­ers couldn’t keep up with the ac­cu­rate, rocket-armed Stafford.

“I be­lieve in Brett, that’s not just a press con­fer­ence state­ment,” coach Mike McCarthy said about Hund­ley.

Third downs: The Lions were 8 of 13 on third-down con­ver­sions, with Stafford burn­ing the Pack­ers with clutch throws. The Pack­ers were just 2 of 9 on third downs and failed to con­vert both of their fourth-down chances.

“They con­trolled the third­down bat­tle tonight,” McCarthy said. “We have work to do. That’s the fact of the mat­ter and we have to do it fast.”

Crit­i­cal penalty: The Lions’ open­ing score was set up by an un­nec­es­sary rough­ness penalty on Mike Daniels, af­ter the de­fen­sive line­man ap­peared to head-butt De­troit cen­ter Travis Swan­son. The flag negated an in­com­ple­tion on third-and-14 that would have forced the Lions to punt from their own 25. Stafford con­nected with Jones for the touch­down pass five plays later.

Mile­stone: The first scor­ing strike to Jones was the 200th touch­down pass in 117 ca­reer games for Stafford, the six­thquick­est in NFL his­tory to reach the mile­stone. Stafford, who turns 30 in Fe­bru­ary, is also fourth in NFL his­tory for ca­reer touch­down passes be­fore age 30 be­hind Dan Marino, Pey­ton Man­ning and Brett Favre.

Not spe­cial: Spe­cial teams didn’t help the Pack­ers. Work­ing in their third long snap­per of the sea­son be­cause of in­juries, Green Bay had a 38-yard field goal blocked in the first quar­ter on a play that started with a low snap. Trevor Davis didn’t get past the 22 on three kick­off re­turns in the first half.

Stat lines: Lions: WR Golden Tate joined Jones over the 100- yard mark with seven re­cep­tions for 113 yards. … Ab­dul­lah had 21 car­ries for 48 yards.

Pack­ers: The team’s play­mak­ing re­ceivers did have more op­por­tu­ni­ties, though most came on short passes. Ran­dall Cobb fin­ished with 58 yards on five re­cep­tions, in­clud­ing a catc­hand-run for a 46-yard gain that set up Hund­ley’s TD run. Da­vante Adams had seven catches for 53 yards.

“This game they were giv­ing us the un­der­neath stuff,” Hund­ley said. “You have to take what’s given.”

In­juries: Pack­ers S Mor­gan Bur­nett left in the third quar­ter with a groin in­jury. He had re- turned from a two-game ab­sence for a ham­string in­jury. RT Bryan Bu­laga left in the fourth quar­ter with a knee in­jury.

An­them: It ap­peared that all mem­bers of both teams stood for the na­tional an­them, with many play­ers and coaches lock­ing arms on their re­spec­tive side­lines.


De­troit Lions quar­ter­back Matthew Stafford was 26 of 33 with two touch­down passes on Mon­day night in the 30-17 vic­tory against the Green Bay Pack­ers.

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