DETROIT – The Lions were driving as the first quarter ended scoreless on Sunday night at Ford Field.
The Packers’ defense opened the game with a three-and-out, as LB Joe Thomas had WR Golden Tate tightly covered on third-and-4 on the first series.
Green Bay’s offense managed one first down, as FB Aaron Ripkowski ran for 10 yards on third-and-1, but Ripkowski missed a blitz pickup on Lions S Tavon Wilson, leading to a sack and a punt on the next series.
The Lions got a first down on a 13-yard pass to TE Eric Ebron, but on the ensuing third down, QB Matt Stafford was off target for Tate, who was open deep down the sideline, and Detroit punted again.
Ripkowski got the Packers another first down, this time with a 15-yard run, but then RB Ty Montgomery appeared to go the wrong way on a screen pass, wrecking the next third down, and the Packers had to punt again.
The Lions got moving on their third possession. A 9-yard pass to WR Marvin Jones and a pair of 17-yard connections with Tate got Detroit into scoring range. Tate was then called for offensive pass interference against CB Quinten Rollins, and on third-and-15, a screen to Tate picked up 11, ending the quarter with the Lions facing fourth-and-4 from the Green Bay 20.