GREEN BAY – The Packers found an offensive rhythm early on Sunday, scoring a pair of first-quarter touchdowns to take a 14-3 lead over the Lions at Lambeau Field.
The Packers got on the board right away. On the opening drive of the game, a 15-yard slant pass to TE Jared Cook converted on third-and-5, and a scrambling QB Aaron Rodgers found WR Randall Cobb wide open for a 33-yard pickup into the red zone. Three plays later, on third-and-7, Rodgers hit WR Davante Adams as the hot read against the blitz for a 14-yard touchdown.
The Lions responded with a productive drive but only got a field goal. Detroit got started because LB Nick Perry was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for a throat slash gesture after a tackle for loss on the first play. Passes to WR Golden Tate and RB Theo Riddick converted third-and-shorts, and then QB Matt Stafford found TE Eric Ebron over the middle to convert on third-and-11 and get the Lions into the red zone.
The Packers’ defense held there, though, as two tackles for loss on a run and screen – the fourth and fifth TFLs for the defense on the drive – preceded a near-sack by DT Mike Daniels and a throwaway, leading to a 42-yard FG with 2:45 left in the quarter.
The Packers came right back. They got the ball on their own 40 thanks to a heads-up play by WR Ty Montgomery on the kick return. With the ball bouncing near the sideline around the 2-yard line, Montgomery kept his feet out of bounds and reached out to touch the ball, making it a kickoff out of bounds.
Rodgers then found WR Jordy Nelson over the middle for 49 yards on the first snap, putting the ball on the Detroit 11. Three plays later, Rodgers found Nelson for an 8-yard TD, putting the Packers ahead 14-3 with 1:01 left in the quarter.
Green Bay’s defense then got a quick three-and-out, as Stafford threw incomplete three straight plays. DB Micah Hyde nearly had an interception on first down on a pass over the middle for Ebron, with LB Joe Thomas right there as well.