Windsor Star

Rodgers keeps cool in rout over Lions

Kitna throws 3 late intercepti­ons

- BY JIM PARKER STAR SPORTS WRITER DETROIT

You would expect more from a 12-year veteran and a lot less from someone making his second career start.

Green Bay Packers quarterbac­k Aaron Rodgers calmly led his team back down the field and to the lead for good in the fourth quarter after the Detroit Lions had rallied from a 21-point deficit to go on top.

With a chance to answer, the Lions’ 35-year-old veteran quarterbac­k Jon Kitna threw intercepti­ons on threestrai­ght drives.

“When we needed it the most, we didn’t get it done,” Kitna said. “It happens.”

The Packers returned two of those intercepti­ons for touchdowns and a spirited Detroit comeback turned into a 48-25 embarrassm­ent to the Packers before 60,285 at Ford Field.

“I don’t even know what happened,” Lions receiver Mike Furrey said. “With four minutes left in the game, we’re sitting on the bench with a 25-24 lead and I didn’t think there was any way we could lose the game.

“We fought back and we deserved the win. Now, I look at the scoreboard and see 48-25 and it just blowsmy mind.

There’s no way to explain this.”

Winless in two starts, the Lions have allowed 82 points already, but it doesn’t fall on the defence although it was shaky early on.

Rodgers, making his second career start, is quickly making fans forget Brett Favre.

He sliced Detroit’s defence for 210 yards in the first half in building a 21-3 lead on a nine-yard scoring pass to James Jones, a two-yard scoring pass to Donald Driver and a 29-yard scoring strike to Jordy Nelson.

Looking as though they were trying to play out the clock, the Packers carried a 24-9 lead into the fourth quarter when the Lions found life.

Calvin Johnson juggled a throw from Kitna and went 38 yards to make it 24-16. Packers punter Derrick Frost had a snap go through his hands and out of the end zone for a safety to make it 24-18.

On the ensuing punt, the Lions set up in Green Bay territory and Johnson again got loose for a 47 yard touchdown to give Detroit its only lead at 25-24.

Poised and focused, Rodgers guided the Packers 59 yards down the field for the go-ahead field goal.

With a chance to answer, Kitna tried to force a ball to Johnson, who was double covered, and Charles Woodson intercepte­d it.

That led to a Brandon Jackson 19-yard scoring run. On the next series, Woodson jumped in front of Furrey and went 41 yards for the score.

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