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Lions capitalize on Packers' mistakes in 31-23 win
Monday Oct 08, 2018 12:00am

Lions capitalize on Packers' mistakes in 31-23 win
(DETROIT) – Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes and LeGarrette Blount ran for two scores, lifting the Detroit Lions to a 31-23 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Detroit (2-3) earned a win it desperately needed under first-year coach Matt Patricia, going into its bye week. Green Bay (2-2-1) could not overcome uncharacteristic mistakes by veteran kicker Mason Crosby and two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, who lost two fumbles for just the third time in his 14-year career. Crosby missed a career-high four field goals in one game and missed an extra point to boot. He connected on a field goal with 2 seconds left. Detroit recovered the onside kick to seal the win, preventing Rodgers from getting another chance at a game-winning Hail Mary in Detroit. Blount had a pair of 1-yard TD runs in the first quarter and Stafford's 8-yard pass to Marvin Jones late in the second quarter put Detroit up 24-0. Rodgers, missing injured receivers Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison, threw short TD's to rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Lance Kendricks in the third to pull the Packers within 10 points. Stafford answered with a 5-yard TD pass to Kenny Golladay early in the fourth quarter to give Detroit a 31-14 lead. He finished the day 14 of 26 for 183 yards and 2 TD's. Rodgers was 32 of 52 for 442 yards with three TD passes.

OTHER NFL SCORES
Buffalo 13 – Tennessee 12
Cincinnati 27 – Miami 17
Cleveland 12 – Baltimore 9 (OT)
Kansas City 30 – Jacksonville 14
NY Jets 34 – Denver 16
Pittsburgh 41 – Atlanta 17
Carolina 33 – NY Giants 31
LA Chargers 26 – Oakland 10
Minnesota 23 – Philadelphia 21
Arizona 28 – San Francisco 18
LA Rams 33 – Seattle 31
Houston 19 – Dallas 16 (OT)

Detroit's Kenny Golladay catches a pass in Sunday action against Green Bay (photo courtesy of Kirthmon F. Dozier/DFP)
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