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Jones, defense help Packers beat Lions 22-9
GREEN BAY 22, DETROIT 9
By GENARO C. ARMAS
AP Sports Writer
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- James Jones wouldn't be denied a Lambeau
leap after a long touchdown catch.
So when a Lions fan - sitting in enemy territory, no less -
pushed him out of the stands, the Packers receiver tried to make
the traditional celebratory jump one more time. Success.
His 83-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter was
just the big-play spark the Packers needed to liven up an
offense that otherwise settled for field goals in a 22-9 win
Sunday over the undermanned Detroit Lions.
"Yeah, man, a Detroit Lion fan pushed me out of there one time,"
Jones said. "I had to double jump."
Mason Crosby kicked five field goals. The defense contained
Reggie Bush and took advantage of an offense playing without
star receiver Calvin Johnson, who had missed a couple days of
practice last week with a knee injury.
With Megatron out, Jones stole the show with a highlight-reel
Jones had a step on his man down the left sideline, and Aaron
Rodgers delivered a perfectly timed throw. With another
defensive back closing in around the 15, Jones turned right
about 45 degrees to get into the end zone for a 16-3 lead with
3:12 left in the third quarter.
He took a bow while dancing on his heels. He's glad he didn't
"I was hoping, because I never would've heard the end of it from
everybody in here," said Jones, who finished with four catches
for 127 yards and barely missed another long score after his
foot grazed the sideline in the end zone.
The Packers (2-2) extended their winning streak in Wisconsin
over the Lions (3-2) to 23.
Rodgers was 20 for 30 for 274 yards, and Eddie Lacy ran for 99
yards on 23 carries in his return from a concussion.
Randall Cobb set up Crosby's 31-yard field goal in the third
quarter with a 67-yard dash into Lions territory after lining up
in the backfield. Crosby also was good from 26 and 52 yards in
the first half and added makes from 42 and 45 in the fourth
For a change, defense set the pace for Green Bay before the
offense caught up.
The Packers recorded five sacks, all from their linebackers,
including one from Clay Matthews before he left with a thumb
"We didn't get it done well enough today - offense, defense or
special teams," coach Jim Schwartz said. "With or without
Calvin, that was the story of the game - not whether Calvin
played or not."
But the wideout was still clearly missed.
Reggie Bush was held to 44 yards on 13 carries and four catches
for 25 yards. The Packers' improved run defense mostly contained
the dangerous Bush on first-down runs, leaving the Lions with
long second- and third-down situations.
Still, the Lions trailed by just 16 late because Green Bay had
to settle for field goals. They drove to the Packers 30 with
7:16 left before three straight incompletions left them headed
back to the sideline.
Detroit especially felt Johnson's absence then. A pass attempt
on fourth-and-3 went awry after Kris Durham slipped on the turf.
Schwartz declined to offer more details on the extent of
Johnson's injury. He missed his first regular-season game since
Matthew Stafford, who finished 25 for 40 for 262 yards, said he
had an inkling Saturday that Johnson might be out.
"He's one of the guys on our team that can stretch the field,"
Stafford said. "I know he wanted to be out there. It's a tough
situation we were in."
The Lions' only touchdown came late when Stafford found Durham
for a 13-yard score.
"Just being able to keep them in short and intermediate passes
definitely helped us out," linebacker Mike Neal said. "Calvin's
a big part of their game plan, and without him, I think they put
a lot on other guys. It was a big plus for us."
Notes: Packers starting LB Brad Jones left in the first half
with a hamstring injury. Later, his replacement, Robert
Francois, had to be helped off the field favoring his right leg.
... For the Lions, starting RT Jason Fox left with a knee
injury, while backup RB Theo Riddick was also out after being
evaluated for a head injury. ... Crosby's five field goals tied
a team record shared by two other Packers. ... . The teams
combined for 17 penalties, 10 for the Packers.
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