Green Bay Packers 27, Detroit Lions 15 (box score)
Even when it was going well, it was going terribly.
The Lions controlled the ball and held a big yardage advantage through the first half but found themselves down 7-0 at halftime. The Lions were finding big chunks of yardage through the Packers defense but costly penalties kept them from taking the goose egg off the scoreboard. The Packers, meanwhile, benefited from a short field off an interception of a tipped ball to complete their only scoring drive of the opening half.
It was a frustrating half to watch but there wasn’t any reason to believe that the Lions wouldn’t be able to compete in the second half. Then Nickelback took the field.
The controversial halftime act was as unspectacular as expected but the effort wasn’t coordinated enough to actually get the stage off the field. The game was delayed but little did we know what kind of aggravation it was putting on hold.
The Packers scored on all three of their third quarter possessions to take a commanding 24-0 lead. In the process, the Lions lost defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to ejection after he stomped Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith. It was the most defining moment in a second half that was nearly a complete collapse in all the way around.
Keiland Williams took the ball in from 16 yards out and Titus Young caught a pass for a two point conversion but the Lions cracked the scoreboard way too late to make a serious game at that point early in the fourth quarter. Calvin Johnson managed to haul in his twelfth touchdown catch of the year with seconds remaining and while it matched his season total from a year ago, it was the most meaningless touchdown of the season so far.
The Lions now have some extra time to regroup before playing in New Orleans a week from Sunday and several things remain to be seen. How will the rash of injuries heal over the week? How will the team respond to what went down today? Will Ndamukong Suh even be allowed to play next week?
Going to New Orleans and having to play for your season is not a great situation to be in but that might be just what the Lions will be facing.