Detroit Lions in Wisconsin: Analyzing the streak
By Mike Payton
Oct 29, 2015; Chandler
The first loss of the streak was quite a beating. Brett Farve introduced himself to the Lions by throwing for 214 yard and three touchdowns. Former Heisman Trophy Winner Andre Ware couldn’t keep up with Packers defense and threw a pick and fumbled. In all, the Lions turned the ball over five times and couldn’t score a point in the second half. Barry Sanders did rush for 114 yards, but that’s as good as it got for the Lions on this day.
Rodney Peet took over under center for the Lions in this one, but the results were pretty much the same. Again- Barry Sanders was the bright spot of the day rushing for 75 yards. But was once again held out of the endzone. The Lions turned the ball over twice, but managed to come back and take a 17-13 lead into the fourth quarter. Edgar Bennett took over from their scoring the game winning touchdown near the end of regulation to make it two straight for the Packers.
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This one was pretty close. Or at least it looks that way on paper. The Lions went into the fourth quarter down 38-14. Despite scoring 16 unanswered points in the final quarter, the Lions just couldn’t get the job done. After throwing two interceptions early in the game, Scott Mitchell went down with an injury. Dave Krieg was able to jump start the Lions offense, but it was just too late. Mel Gray’s 91 yard kick return for a touchdown in the second quarter was the highlight of the day for Detroit.
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The Packers had a pretty good idea how to beat the Lions in the playoffs, stop Barry Sanders. The Packers held the Hall of Famer to -1 yard rushing on the day and put up just enough offense to squeak by in an ugly game. Dave Krieg also took four sacks as the Minister of Defense and company took care of business.
The leagues number one offense and 124 yards on the ground by Barry Sanders and two touchdowns from Herman Moore wasn’t enough to knock off the Packers in 1995. The Lions never held a lead in this game and Brett Farve was on fire with 342 yards and two touchdowns. This win was a key victory in the Packers quest for the NFC Central title.
There was no way the 5-11 Lions were going to spoil the Packers 1996 season that culminated with them winning the Super Bowl. Brett Farve was 1996 Brett Farve, throwing for 240 yards and one touchdown, not to mention running one in himself. The Lions were incredibly ineffective all across the board with Jason Hanson being the only bright spot.