Why I was so excited to watch the ESPN NFL Sunday Night Football matchup between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018
When the NFL announced its schedule on Sunday night, I was expecting some major upsets, but it turned out that there were only two.
The Green Bay Vikings and Detroit Lions went down to the wire, and the rest of the season will go down to history.
Here are some things to know about the game that took place this past Sunday night: What was the Green Bay-Detroit matchup?
Green Bay won the game in Week 3 at Lambeau Field, but this was the first time they had been held to fewer than 20 points since 2009.
The Lions went on to win the Super Bowl in January 2019.
Who won the showdown?
Detroit had the better record in the game, but the Lions couldn’t find the end zone with a 3-yard run by Ameer Abdullah.
Detroit was up 21-3 at the half, but Green Bay ran out the clock with a 24-3 halftime lead.
When was the game?
The game was played on Sunday evening at the Detroit/Green Bay Memorial Stadium.
Who played the Packers?
The Green-Lions game was one of the most-watched games of the weekend, with the Green-Packers matchup drawing more than 13 million viewers on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and WatchESPN.
This was the third time this season that both teams had faced each other.
Detroit had to win at least five of its first six games in the regular season to have any chance of advancing to the playoffs.
What was Detroit’s biggest challenge?
The Lions came into the game ranked second in total defense (286.4 yards allowed per game), fourth in scoring defense (21.2 points per game) and first in rushing defense (8.2 yards per carry).
They were also the first team to beat the Packers this season, as they defeated them by a combined score of 49-7 on Sept. 26 at Lamport Field.
What were the Packers best plays?
The Packers’ best play was a 34-yard field goal by James Jones with 9:43 remaining in the first quarter.
Jones also had a pair of field goals in the second quarter and a 24 on the day.
What did the Lions have to overcome?
Green-Cardinals linebacker Anthony Barr had a sack of Aaron Rodgers on the first play of the game and forced an incomplete pass, but Detroit was able to tie the score at 17 with a touchdown drive that featured a 24 yard run by Abdullah and a 23-yard pass from Nelson Agholor.
The Packers scored the next seven points on a pair by running out the final two minutes of the half.
After a scoreless first half, Green-Falcons defensive lineman Nick Perry blocked a punt in the third quarter and recovered it for a touchdown.
What does it mean for Green Bay to win?
This was Green-Greenkins first victory over the Lions since 2010.
It also marked the first game in league history that the Packers and Lions met in the postseason.
The Vikings were able to reach the postseason for the first consecutive season.
Green Bay will be the first to do so since they reached the NFC Championship Game in 2009.