Mason Crosby hit a 23-yard field goal as time expired to push the Green Bay Packers past the Detroit Lions 23-22 on Monday night at Lambeau Field.
Allen Lazard didn’t have a ball thrown his way in the first three quarters, but he showed up in the fourth quarter. With Geronimo Allison knocked out of the game and Darrius Sheppard having a nightmare of a game, Green Bay turned to the Iowa State product and he delivered. He caught four of the five passes thrown to him, including a 35-yard touchdown to pull the Packers to within 22-20. Lazard then caught three passes on the drive to setup the game winning field goal by Mason Crosby.
Dean Lowry was the defensive MVP for the Packers. Green Bay was allowing 138.2 rushing yards per game, the fifth worst mark in the NFL. With Lowry leading the way, the Packers held the Lions to 56 rushing yards on 20 carries. It was just the second time this year that the Packers allowed fewer than 122 rushing yards.
There were several controversial calls and non-calls that impacted the game, including a hands to the face penalty on the Lions that wiped out a sack on the final drive of the game. Replay showed that Trey Flowers didn’t actually have his hands on David Bakhtiari’s facemask. The All-Pro left tackle was asked about it afterwards:
A pool reporter spoke with referee Clete Blakeman about the calls. Here is that conversation:
Geronimo Allison was injured in the third quarter and didn’t return. He was being evaluated for a concussion and chest injury.
The Packers took the final 6:46 off the clock on the game winning drive. It was the fourth-longest game winning drive by time in the last 40 seasons.
Aaron Rodgers has thrown four interceptions since the start of the 2018 season, all four interceptions have bounced off a receivers hands.
The Lions had 207 yards of offense on their first three possessions of the game, which turned into 13 points. They had just 92 yards over their final eight drives.
The Packers (5-1) will host the Oakland Raiders (3-2) at Lambeau Field on Sunday.