Thursday, November 22, 2007

Lions Look Like Turkeys, Get Stuffed by Packers

Wait a second--Brett Favre just completed another pass against the Lions; when the tryptophan takes effect in Detroit, the Lions and their fans will have nightmare visions of Packers' receivers running down the field after catching passes from Favre, who set a team record with 20 straight completions en route to throwing for his most yards in a game in three years (381). Favre completed 31 of his 41 attempts, tossing three touchdowns and no interceptions as the Packers improved to 10-1 with a 37-26 victory in the traditional Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit.

Detroit actually got off to a good start, scoring a field goal on the first possession of the game and then kicking another field goal after recovering a Favre fumble. The problem with kicking two field goals, though, is that one touchdown wipes out your entire lead--and that is exactly what happened after Aaron Rouse intercepted Jon Kitna and returned the ball 34 yards to the Detroit 11 yard line. Favre threw a touchdown pass to Greg Jennings on the next play and Green Bay never trailed again. The Packers kept the Lions out of the end zone until the fourth quarter, stretching their lead to 31-12 before Detroit scored a couple late touchdowns to cut the margin to 34-26. Favre sealed the win with a 10 play, 72 yard drive that led to a field goal and--just as importantly--drained most of the remaining time.

Assuming that the Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Jets today, this sets up a very good matchup for next Thursday: 10-1 Green Bay visiting 10-1 Dallas in a game that will likely decide home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

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