Crosby nails game winner

Joe Zenzola
October 15, 2019 - 12:33 am
© Jeff Hanisch | 2019 Oct 14

© Jeff Hanisch | 2019 Oct 14

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By Daniel Plocher

GREEN BAY-- The Green Bay Packers escaped with a 23-22 win over the Detroit Lions with a walkoff field goal by Mason Crosby:

Crosby nailed three field goals in the game, and surely kept the team in contention with his performance. 

Although there was a joyful ending to the game, the Lions came into Lambeau and hit the Packers in the mouth early on. A 13-0 lead after the first quarter with three straight drives ending in points for Detroit left the Packers scrambling to figure things out. Their defense kept this from getting out of hand early by forcing two field goals after the Lions reached the endzone in the opening quarter. 

The Green Bay offense woke up in the second quarter going on a 14 play, 60 yard drive that ended with a touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jamaal Williams. 

It was a breakout day for Williams as he carried the ball 14 times for over 104 yards and 4 receptions for 32 yards. He took a majority of the workload on the day after a fumble in the first quarter by Aaron Jones, and then a wide open, dropped touchdown pass from Rodgers a drive later. 

The Packers, of course, played without Davante Adams, the team's No. 1 receiver, due to a turf toe injury. Unfortunately, the injury bug continued to strike in this receiving corps as Marquez Valdez-Scantling and Geronimo Allison both left at different points in the game with injuries. Luckily, MVS was able to return to action in the third quarter with an ankle sprain, but Allison had to go through concussion protocol after taking a big hit from Tracy Walker, a member of the Lions' secondary.

Green Bay entered the half hurt and depleted, but trailed only 13-10 after Crosby hit a field goal in the waining moments of the first half.

Action resumed in the second half, and the Packers took advantage of the first possesion in the third quarter as Crosby hit his second field goal of the day. They rode that momentum and forced a three-and-out and a punt from the Lions, but Detroit took the ball back after Darius Shepard bobbled and fumbled a punt return. The Lions took over inside the 40-yard line.

The Packers' defense, again, forced a three-and-out, and Detroit was forced to settle for another field goal as they took a 16-13 lead.

Green Bay struggled again offensively and earned 0 first downs on their next two possesions. Meanwhile, the Lions jumped to a 19-13 lead thanks to a 51-yard field goal by Lions' kicker Matt Prater.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Packers have the football back and drive down the field and are threatening to score. But, a dropped pass by Darius Shepard landed right in the hands of Lions' corner Justin Coleman:

The Lions would once again be held to a field goal as Prater hit his fifth of the game giving Detroit a 22-13 lead. 

Green Bay needed to make up for their lost ground late in the fourth quarter and they got right on it after the Prater field goal with a 7 plays, 79 yards drive ending with a beautiful touch pass from Rodgers to Alan Lazard for a huge touchdown.

The touchdown cut the lead to just two points, and the reinvigorated defense shutdown the Lions' offense and forced a punt with just under 7 minutes to go. Rodgers took over and cruised down the field and ran the entire remaining clock out while setting Crosby up for a chip-shot game-winning field goal. 

Green Bay moves to 5-1 on the season and take complete control of first place in the NFC North. They take on the Oakland Raiders next Sunday at home. Tune into The Fan all week as we break down Monday's win and set you up for Packers vs Raiders next week.