Packers 10

(5-6-1, 2-4 away)

Lions 40

(7-5, 4-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

12:30 PM ET, November 28, 2013

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 T
GB 0 10 0 010
DET 0 17 9 1440

Top Performers

Passing: M. Stafford (DET) - 330 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: R. Bush (DET) - 20 CAR, 117 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Johnson (DET) - 6 REC, 101 YDS, 1 TD

Lions score 37 straight to earn first Thanksgiving win in 10 years

Associated Press

DETROIT -- Matthew Stafford and Reggie Bush did their part to keep the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers in the game.

Stafford turned the ball over a few times and Bush did once.

Instead of crumbling and losing confidence, both players bounced back and helped the Detroit Lions put together a dominant performance after an awful start.

Stafford threw three touchdown passes, including one to Calvin Johnson, Bush had 182 yards of offense and scored, and Detroit scored 37 straight points to rout Green Bay 40-10 on Thursday.

"When we get out of our own way, we can be pretty special," Bush said.

Early on, it looked as if the Lions were going to find another way to waste chances to win a game and take control of the NFC North.

"It's easy when you lose a couple games in a row, particularly the fashion that we lost, for people to say, 'Here we go again,' " Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said. "I'm sure there were some people that were saying that, but they weren't on our sideline."

The Lions (7-5) had lost their last two games, five consecutive against Green Bay and a franchise-record nine straight in their annual showcase on Thanksgiving.

"It's a step in the right direction for us," Stafford said. "I'm sure the turkey will taste better."

The Packers (5-6-1) have a five-game winless streak for the first time since 2008.

"We're not used to anything like this -- not on this team," Green Bay linebacker A.J. Hawk said. "This is something that is going to make a lot of guys on this team think, and that's good. We need to find some answers because they just ran the ball down our throats."

Bush responded from fumbling deep in Green Bay territory to score a 1-yard TD run that gave Detroit a 17-10 lead late in the first half. He finished with 117 yards rushing and 65 yards receiving. Bush' backup, Joique Bell, ran for a career-high 94 yards and a score.

The Packers, painfully, are finding out how valuable Rodgers is for the franchise. Rodgers has missed four-plus games since fracturing his left collarbone. Green Bay has tied one and lost four without him.

"We're a wounded team that got drilled by a good football team," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

Matt Flynn became the fourth starting quarterback for Green Bay this year and was sacked seven times, once by Ndamukong Suh for a safety.

Flynn didn't fare as well as he did in his last start for Green Bay against the same opponent.

He was 10 of 20 for 139 yards with an interception and two fumbles. In the last game of the 2011 regular season, while Rodgers rested for the playoffs, Flynn threw for 480 yards and six TDs in a 45-41 win over Detroit.

"They might have a lot of the same guys, but I can say they're a different defense," Flynn said. "They're flying around, creating havoc."

The Packers have been leaning on rookie running back Eddie Lacy lately, but he was limited to 16 yards on 10 carries against one of the NFL's best defenses against the run.

Detroit was balanced on offense.

Johnson had six receptions for 101 yards and a 20-yard TD to put the Lions up 24-10 early in the third quarter. He has 4,944 yards receiving in two-plus seasons, breaking Jerry Rice's NFL record for yards receiving in a three-year stretch. Rice had 4,850 yards receiving from 1993 to 1995.

Stafford was 22 of 35 for 330 yards with two interceptions and a fumble that was returned by Morgan Burnett to put the Packers up 10-3 early in the second quarter.

After that, Detroit did whatever it wanted on both sides of the ball. And if the Lions didn't start the game so poorly, the score could've been even more lopsided.

Detroit gained 561 yards and gave up just 126.

Green Bay didn't have more than 100 yards of offense until Flynn threw a 56-yard pass to Jordy Nelson with a little more than a minute left. Flynn then fumbled in a fitting end for a game that he and his team would like to forget.

Packers guard Josh Sitton might've fired up the Lions, saying they were "dirtbags," a couple days before the game, but didn't seem to regret his choice of words.

"I don't take back anything I said," Sitton said. "But I don't want to stand here and discuss it again."

Game notes

Green Bay C Evan Dietrich-Smith, two years after he was stomped on by Suh, left the game with knee injury and didn't return. ... Packers TE Ryan Taylor was knocked out of the game and was evaluated for a concussion after a crunching hit by Detroit's DeAndre Levy, who made his NFL-leading sixth interception during the game. ... Lions CB Chris Houston was inactive with a foot injury and was replaced by rookie Darius Slay.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs730
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays4279
Total Yards126561
Yards per play3.07.1
Total Drives1113
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-13-6
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

detFG14:56David Akers 27 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yds, 5:42
gbFG12:46Mason Crosby 54 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 24 yds, 2:10
gbTD12:41Morgan Burnett 1 Yard Fumble Return (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, -10 yds, 0:08
detTD4:37Jeremy Ross 5 Yard Pass From Matthew Stafford (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 85 yds, 4:09
detTD1:26Reggie Bush 1 Yard Run (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 33 yds, 1:16
detTD9:15Calvin Johnson 20 Yard Pass From Matthew Stafford (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 63 yds, 4:22
detSF0:58Matt Flynn Sacked By Ndamukong Suh In End Zone For -2 Yards
Drive info: 2 plays, -5 yds, 0:43
detTD13:10Joique Bell 1 Yard Run (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 58 yds, 2:47
detTD4:23Kevin Ogletree 20 Yard Pass From Matthew Stafford (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 75 yds, 7:18

Research Notes

Matt Flynn posted a 2.1 Total QBR on Thursday, the lowest single-game number by a Packers starting quarterback in the Total QBR era. - Note edited due to change in Flynn's Total QBR.
With his TD today, Calvin Johnson has caught a TD pass in 5 straight and 6 of his 7 career games on Thanksgiving Day.
The Lions' 30-point win Thursday was their largest on Thanksgiving Day since 1997 and their largest ever on Thanksgiving against the Packers (21 total meetings).
The Lions 30-point win over the Packers was their largest win against Green Bay since 1973. They had lost 15 of their previous 16 games against them.
The Lions outgained the Packers Thursday by 435 yards, just the fourth time in the last ten seasons an NFL team gained 400 yards or more than their opponent in a single game. It's the second-largest such disparity in that span - the 2005 Eagles outgained the 49ers by 441 yards in Week 2 of that season.
The Reggie Bush fumble was the 1st lost by Detroit on its opening drive on Thanksgiving since 2008 vs the Titans. The Lions lost that game 47-10, their worst-ever loss in a game played on Thanksgiving Day.
The Lions had 13 plays gain at least 10 yards in the first half. In Week 5 against the Packers, the Lions had 13 plays gain at least 10 yards in the whole game.
Reggie Bush's first-quarter fumble was the third red-zone turnover for the Lions this year. Only the Patriots and Broncos (four each) have more.
From Elias: The Packers had 0 rushing 1st downs Thursday at the Lions. It was the first time since 1990 (week 14 loss vs Seahawks) that the Packers had 0 1st downs via the rush in a game.
- Thursday is Calvin Johnson's seventh game with at least 100 receiving yards this season, most in the league. - Thursday is Johnson's 39th career 100-yard game, four more than any other player since the start of 2007 (Andre Johnson, 35). - Thursday is the second-straight 100-yard game for Johnson on Thanksgiving. Johnson did not reach 100 receiving yards in his first five Thanksgiving games.
From Elias: We're going to need some INCREDIBLE performances tomorrow to break any of these ridiculous NFL Thanksgiving Day records... Ernie Nevers scored SIX TDs for the Chicago Cardinals vs the Chicago Bears 84 years ago tomorrow... O.J. Simpson's 273 Rushing yds in 1976... Troy Aikman threw for 455 yards 15 years ago... And Jim Benton had 303 receiving yards for the Browns vs the Lions in 1945.
Brandon Pettigrew dropped a pass in the end zone early in the second quarter. That was the sixth dropped end-zone throw by a Lion since the start of last season, tied for most in the league (Steelers and Bears).
Entering today, the Lions held a halftime lead twice during their current 9-game losing streak on Thanksgiving (2012 vs Texans and 2010 vs Patriots). Detroit was outscored 55-17 in the 2nd half of those 2 games (-19.0 PPG).
Stephen Tulloch's second-quarter sack was the Lions' fourth this season when sending at least five rushers, tied for fewest in the league.
Ziggy Ansah's first-quarter sack was his sixth of the season, most among rookies. All six of Ansah's sacks have come as part of a 4-man pass rush.
Reggie Bush had 84 rushing yards and 48 receiving yards (132 yards from scrimmage) in the first half. Thursday is Bush's seventh 100-yard game of the season, trailing only Jamaal Charles (nine) and Matt Forte (eight).
Sam Shields' third-quarter interception was the eighth pick Matthew Stafford has thrown targeting Calvin Johnson this season, tied for the most by any quarterback-receiver combination (Andy Dalton-A.J. Green).
It had been a while since the Lions won on Thanksgiving ...
The Lions averaged 5.1 yards before first contact on 20 designed rushes in the first half Thursday. The Packers averaged 0.3 yards before contact on 8 designed rushes.
Morgan Burnett's fumble return touchdown in the second quarter came after a Nick Perry strip-sack of Matthew Stafford. Perry's sack was Green Bay's sixth fumble forced on a sack this season. Only the Chiefs (seven) have more.
It's rare to turn the ball over 4 times and win, and it's even rarer to do that and still win by 30. Including Detroit yesterday, there's been only 6 games this season where the winning team has turned it over 4 times, and according to Elias, they're the 1st team since the 2001 Rams to win a game by 30 points despite at least 4 turnovers.
Today is the fifth game the Lions have had at least three turnovers this season... Only the Giants have had more (seven). The Lions have had at least three turnovers in three straight games.

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