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Detroit Lions Week 17 2019 Recap

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The following is from the Detroit Lions Week 17 2019, 23-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019.

LIONS SCORING PLAYS
– First Quarter: WR Danny Amendola threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to QB David Blough with 7:59 left in the quarter to give Detroit a 7-0 lead. K Matt Prater converted the extra point.
– Second Quarter: RB Kerryon Johnson rushed for a one-yard score to push Detroit’s lead to 14-0 with 3:13 left to play. K Matt Prater made the extra point.
– Second Quarter: K Matt Prater made a 42-yard field goal as time expired to give the Lions a 17-3 halftime lead.
– Fourth Quarter: K Matt Prater connected on a 56-yard field goal to give Detroit a 20-13 lead with 11:08 left to play.

TEAM NOTES
The Lions…
– Had their first wide receiver-to-quarterback touchdown pass in franchise history.
– Topped 170 rushing yards for the third time this season, marking their most 170+-yard rushing games in a season since doing so seven times in the 1997 season.
– Averaged 6.8 yards per rush on at least 25 attempts for the first time in a home game since doing so vs. Chicago on Nov. 27, 1997.
– Had three running backs (RBs Kerryon Johnson, Ty Johnson and Bo Scarbrough) each top 40 rushing yards in the same game for the first time since doing so on Nov. 16, 1997 vs. Minnesota (RBs Barry Sanders, Ron Rivers and Tommy Vardell).
– Rushed for 115 yards in the first half. This marks the most rushing yards the Lions have had in the first half of a home game since they had 148 vs. Green Bay on Nov. 28, 2013.
– Forced Packers QB Aaron Rodgers into 28 incompletions. This is the fourth-most incompletions the Lions have ever forced in a game, following Colts QB Andrew Luck in 2012 (30), Yankees QB John Rauch in 1951 (30) and Falcons QB Chris Miller in 1989 (29). This marks the most incompletions in Rodgers’ career and fourth-most in Packers history. This also marks the most incompletions by a Packers quarterback since QB Brett Favre’s 33 incompletions vs. San Francisco on Oct. 14, 1996.
– Held Packers QB Aaron Rodgers to a 49.1 completion percentage, the first time Rodgers has ever completed fewer than half of his passes when attempting 45-or-more passes.
– Scored at least 17 points in their seventh-straight home game. This matches their longest single-season streak since doing so in the 2015 season.
– Have three wide receivers with at least 60 receptions and 675 receiving yards in the same season for the first time in team history.
– Had two safeties (S Tavon Wilson and S Tracy Walker) finish a season with 90-or-more tackles for the first time in team history.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES
WR DANNY AMENDOLA
– Finished with two receptions for 16 yards (8.0 average) and threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to QB David Blough.
– Became only the second wide receiver in Lions history to throw a touchdown pass, joining WR Larry Walton, who did so against the Rams on Nov. 16, 1969.
– Became the second-oldest wide receiver in NFL history to throw a touchdown pass at 34 years and 57 days old.
– Became the first wide receiver in NFL history to throw two touchdown passes at age 33-or-older.

QB DAVID BLOUGH
– Finished 12-of-29 for 122 passing yards and caught one pass for a 19-yard touchdown.
– Joined Titans QB Marcus Mariota (2015) as the only rookie quarterbacks since the 1970 merger to record a touchdown reception.
– Caught a 19-yard touchdown pass to become only the second quarterback in Lions history to record a touchdown reception. The only other Lions quarterback to do so was QB Gary Danielson against the Eagles on Nov. 4, 1984.
– Became only the second quarterback in NFL history to catch a touchdown pass against the Packers, joining Saints QB Bobby Hebert on Nov. 17, 1985.

WR KENNY GOLLADAY
– Recorded three receptions for 72 yards (24.0 avg.), hauling in a game-long 42-yard reception.
– Caught his 13th-reception of 30-plus yards this season, tied for the most in the NFL.

S WILL HARRIS
– Logged four solo tackles, 1.0 sack, one tackle for loss and one pass defense.
– Became the first Lions rookie defensive back since 2012 to produce a sack. He’s also the ninth rookie defensive back in franchise history to notch a sack in their first season.

RB KERRYON JOHNSON
– Finished with 11 carries for 53 yards (4.8 avg.) and one rushing touchdown.
– Recorded a 20-yard rush, his season-best.

RB TY JOHNSON
– Totaled three carries for 65 yards (21.7 avg.), with a long of 40 yards. His other carries gained 14 and 11 yards, respectively, resulting in all three of his carries going for 10 yards or more.
– Became the first player in franchise history to finish a game with a rushing average of 20-or-more yards per carry on at least three attempts since Gene Gedman did so vs. Cleveland on Dec. 8, 1957.

P SAM MARTIN
– Finished with seven punts for 317 yards (45.3 avg., 40.0 net) and pinned one punt inside the 20-yard line.
– Joined P Nick Harris as the only players in franchise history with multiple seasons with 30-punts punts downed inside the 20-yardline.
– Passed P John Jett (21,494) for the fourth-most punting yards in Lions history.

LS DON MUHLBACH
– Appeared in his 160th game this decade (2010-19), becoming the first player in franchise history to appear in all 160 games in a given decade since the NFL expanded to 160 games in 1978.

LB ANTHONY PITTMAN
– Appeared in his first-career regular season game. A native of Birmingham, Mich., Pittman continued the Lions’ streak of having at least one Michigan native appear in a regular season game for the team since they moved to Detroit in 1934.

CB AMANI ORUWARIYE
– Produced four solo tackles, one pass defense and one interception.
– Became the first Lions rookie cornerback since CB Bryant Westbrook in 1997 to produce two interceptions as a rookie.
– Became the first Lions rookie since S Amari Spievey in 2010 to produce two interceptions as a rookie.

K MATT PRATER
– Finished two-of-two on field goal attempts and one-of-one on extra points to produce seven points on the day,
– Launched a 56-yard field goal in the third quarter, his longest in two seasons. With the kick, he converted his 53rd-career field goal of 50-or-more yards, passing K Jason Hanson (52) for the second-most field goals converted from 50-plus yards in NFL history. Only K Sebastian Janikowski (58) has more.

DB TRACY WALKER
– Finished with four tackles (three solo) and two pass defenses.
– Became the first defensive back in franchise history to produce at least 100 tackles in 13-or-fewer games played.
– Became the third defensive back in franchise history to total at least 100 tackles in a season and first since S Ron Rice in 1999.
– Became the first player in franchise history to finish a season with at least 100 tackles, five pass defenses, five tackles for loss, one interception and one forced fumble.

LIONS HEAD COACH MATT PATRICIA: “Well, I mean obviously the team fought as hard as we could. I think we tried to do everything we could to give ourselves a chance. Obviously, we needed to make a couple more plays. Give Green Bay credit, they made some plays, at the end especially, that they needed to (in order) to win. I think this team, like I’ve said all year, and I think today was another great example of how hard this team works, how hard they fight. I think we probably played a ton of guys here today, rolled a lot of bodies through and a lot of guys that hadn’t even played an NFL game before. (They) went out and played as hard as they could to give ourselves a chance. I’m proud of the toughness of this team. I think it’s the foundation of what we’re looking for. I think we want to be tough. I think we want to be a team that competes, and I think we’re a team that wants to go out and try to work hard every single day. We obviously have a lot of work to do here. We understand that. We’ll close out tomorrow with the team, and be able to have our last squad meeting there and kind of address some of the things as we go forward. Certainly, just proud of these guys, proud of that locker room for as hard as they work, and they fight. I know to a lot of people there wasn’t much on the line, but to us there is every single week. We’re going to go out and we’re going to compete, and we’re going to play that game and we’re going to do everything we can. We have an opportunity to go compete in the National Football League – I think you should do everything possible to do your best. I think the team in that locker room does that really well. We just have to make some more plays to win. I think that’s the bottom line.”

QB DAVID BLOUGH: On the trick play where he caught a touchdown pass: “Yeah, they were back in man coverage. So, you know, it was just kind of a fun play we had in, we’ve had in a couple different times this year, and just got it off the card and awesome timing for the call. Danny (Amendola) sold it great. That’s how you hope it comes out.”

C/G GRAHAM GLASGOW: On how to walk away from this season with their record: “I felt like the game was in some ways like a microcosm of our season. We started out really well and I felt like we were –and this wasn’t true for the whole season, but we were running the ball really well and I felt like we ran the ball all game, but just when it came to the second half and finishing the game, we didn’t pull it out and that’s a good team, so give them the credit. They’re going to the playoffs and they’re having a Bye. I wouldn’t let that sway me in any direction. That’s not something that I’m thinking about.”

DB TRACY WALKER: On the next steps now that the season is over: “The next step is to rebuild. We got next year and just actually, just basically, make sure we can’t have another season like this. We’re just going to move forward and look forward to next year and just try to get better.”

CB DARIUS SLAY: On his motivation today: “Yeah, just trying to fight man. I wanted to bring a win for the team, for Marvin (Jones Jr.), his family, myself. Just trying to fight, I should’ve stayed down. That last drive was special, but I should’ve stayed down. I don’t know what the results would have been, but I should’ve stayed down.”

S TAVON WILSON: On how he feels walking away from this season: “Obviously, when you don’t make the playoffs, I don’t care if you have nine straight losses, seven to eight, whatever, it’s a disappointment. Obviously, we got a long way to go and we going to start from scratch next year, like everybody else and we gone see what happens.”

Photos by Tim Jarrold – In Play! magazine

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