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LIONS AT PACKERS RECAP WEEK 17 2018

The following is from the Detroit Lions’ 31-0 win against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018.

LIONS SCORING PLAYS

  • First Quarter: QB Matthew Stafford threw a five-yard touchdown pass to WR TJ Jones with 2:58 left in the quarter. K Matt Prater converted the extra point to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.
  • Second Quarter: K Matt Prater threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to TE Levine Toilolo, Prater then converted the extra point to give Detroit the 14-0 lead with 10:36 left to play.
  • Second Quarter: RB Zach Zenner rushed for a 13-yard touchdown with 1:06 left in the half. K Matt Prater converted the extra point to push the lead to 21-0.
  • Third Quarter: K Matt Prater kicked a 43-yard field goal with 3:08 left in the quarter to extend the Lions’ lead to 24-0.
  • Fourth Quarter: WR TJ Jones caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from QB Matthew Stafford with 6:53 left to play. K Matt Prater converted the extra point to make the score 31-0.

TEAM NOTES

The Lions

  • Recorded their first shutout win over the Packers in Green Bay since Sept. 20, 1970. The only other time they’ve shut out the Packers in Green Bay was in their 1934 debut season. Overall, the win marked Detroit’s fifth shutout all-time against the Packers and their first since doing so at home on Oct. 28, 1973.
  • Recorded their first overall shutout against any opponent since doing so at Tampa Bay on Sept. 29, 1996.
  • Logged their fourth consecutive win over the Packers dating back to last season. This marks the first time the Lions have defeated Green Bay in four consecutive games since doing so in the 1982-83 seasons.
  • Won consecutive games at Lambeau Field for the first time since doing so over the 1990-91 seasons.
  • Scored 30-plus points for the fourth-straight game against the Packers. They become the first team to score 30-plus points in four consecutive games against the Packers since the Los Angeles Rams did so in five-straight games over the 1951-53 seasons.
  • Did not turn the ball over in today’s game. This marks the seventh game this season that the team did not turn the ball over, the most single-season games with a clean turnover slate in franchise history.
  • Finished the season with 43.0 sacks, their most since producing 44.0 sacks in the 2010 season.
  • Recorded at least 1.0 sack for the 20th-straight game, the fifth-longest active streak in the NFL and tied for the seventh-longest streak in franchise history.
  • Rushed for 85-plus yards for the seventh-straight game. This marks their longest streak since rushing for 85-plus yards in eight consecutive games over the 2004-05 seasons.
  • Finished the season with 1,660 rushing yards, their most since producing 1,792 rushing yards during the 2013 season.
  • Produced their first season since 1998 with 1,650-or-more rushing yards, a 4.1 yards per carry average and 11 rushing touchdowns.
  • Surrendered only six rushing yards to Packers running backs.
  • Forced the Packers to punt on their first seven drives of the game.
  • Produced three-straight three-and-outs to open the contest for the second-straight game.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

LB JARRAD DAVIS

  • Finished with seven tackles (five solo), 1.0 sack, one quarterback hit, two tackles for loss and one pass defense.
  • Produced his fifth game this season with six-plus tackles and 1.0 sack.
  • Recorded 1.0 sack on the day, extending his career high to 6.0 on the season.
  • He and Devon Kennard become the first set of Lions linebackers to each produce 6.0-or-more sacks in a single season.

DB QUANDRE DIGGS

  • Recorded five tackles (three solo), one interception and one pass defense.
  • Recorded his third interception of the season, matching his career-high he set last season.

DT DAMON HARRISON SR.

  • Registered two solo tackles and one tackle for loss.
  • Became the first defensive lineman in the NFL since 1930 to appear in 17 games in a single season.

DE KERRY HYDER JR.

  • Registered two tackles (one solo), 1.0 sack, two quarterback hits and one tackle for loss.
  • Produced 1.0 sack in the third quarter, his first of the season.

WR ANDY JONES

  • Set career highs with six receptions for 50 receiving yards.

WR TJ JONES

  • Finished with three receptions for 40 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Produced his first career multi-touchdown day.
  • Notched a five-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, his first of the season.

WR BRANDON POWELL

  • Logged six receptions for 103 yards (17.2 avg.), with a long of 41 yards. All marked career highs.
  • Joined Larry Foster as the only undrafted rookies to produce a 100-yard game for the Lions since the common draft era (1966). Foster produced 106 yards on Nov. 20, 2006.
  • Joins Bills WR Robert Foster as the only undrafted rookies this season to produce a 100-yard game.
  • Became the first Lions rookie to produce a 100-yard receiving game since Ryan Broyles did so on Nov. 22, 2012.
  • Became the first Lions rookie to average at least 17.0 yards per reception on six-or-more receptions since Ryan Broyles did so on Nov. 22, 2012.
  • Produced 84 receiving yards in the first half, the most an undrafted player has ever recorded in the first half for the team.

K MATT PRATER

  • Finished 1-of-1 on field goal attempts and 4-of-4 on extra points to produce seven total points.
  • Finished the season with 114 points, his third season producing 110-plus points for the Lions. This ties Eddie Murray (three) for the second-most 110-point seasons, trailing only Jason Hanson (eight).
  • Threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to TE Levine Toilolo in the second quarter, his first career touchdown. Became the first kicker in Lions history and only the ninth kicker in NFL history to throw a touchdown pass.

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD

  • Finished 20-of-32 passing for 266 yards, two touchdowns, zero interceptions and a passer rating of 109.6.
  • Tied Johnny Unitas (34) for the most touchdown passes all-time against the Packers.
  • Recorded his 237th career touchdown pass, passing Drew Brees (235) for the fifth-most touchdown passes a player has thrown in his first 10 seasons.
  • Logged his 74th career multi-touchdown game, passing Drew Brees (73) for the fifth-most multi-touchdown games a player has thrown in his first 10 seasons.
  • Becomes one of seven quarterbacks in NFL history to produce 3,500-or-more passing yards and 20-or-more passing touchdowns in eight consecutive seasons.
  • Produced his seventh game this season with a passer rating of 100.0-or-greater. This ties for the third-most games with a passer rating of 100.0-or-greater that Stafford has produced in a single season and is tied for the third-most in team history.

S TAVON WILSON

  • Logged four solo tackles, 1.0 sack, one quarterback hit and one tackle for loss.
  • Produced 1.0 sack on the day, his first of the season.

RB ZACH ZENNER

  • Finished with career-highs in carries (21) and yards (93), and added a 13-yard touchdown rush.
  • Added one reception for a 30-yard gain.
  • Produced a career-high 123 yards from scrimmage.
  • Produced over 110 yards from scrimmage in his second consecutive game at Lambeau Field, combining for 233 total yards and two touchdowns in his last two games at the stadium.

HEAD COACH MATT PATRICIA

On the game as a whole: “Obviously just real proud of the players. I think they did a phenomenal job getting ready this week and putting everything they could into it. I think they studied really hard. They understood how difficult it was going to be to come up here and play. This is a real special place, obviously, in the history of the NFL; great franchise in the Green Bay Packers. We knew we had our work cut out for us, but just give all of the credit to the players for their work and dedication through the course of the week to go out and do it the right way. They executed at a high level. I think they really put everything into it and it showed out on the field. I think they did a good job of adjusting through the course of the week and, you know, it showed up in the game. A couple of adjustments we had to make there, and, just again, I give them all of the credit. I think those guys fought all year. I think they’re tough, mentally and physically tough. It showed up in the game today, which is great. It was great for them. I’m proud of those guys.”

QUARTERBACK MATTHEW STAFFORD

On going 6-10 this season: “I’ll probably need to take some time. Obviously, it’s disappointing, every year you want to be better. There’s no question about that and every year is totally different. You see it year in and year out with teams around the league. You just have to find a way to be a little bit better.”

KICKER MATT PRATER

On his touchdown pass: “I was more concerned with just catching the ball and not throwing it straight into the line or out of bounds. Basically I was trying not to screw it up. Coaches saw something early in the week and we executed it. Somehow we hid the 6’8”-tall guy on the side (tight end Levine Toilolo). We snapped it perfect, I almost dropped it, threw it up a little too high, but Levine made a good catch. It worked out, so it was fun.”

SAFETY GLOVER QUIN

On if this was his last game as a Lion: “I am just enjoying the moment right now. It has been a long year. Being with my teammates and the guys around me, we have made the most of it and had a lot of fun, so right now I am enjoying this moment because you never know when you will get another one like this. If this is it, I will definitely remember this moment.”

WIDE RECEIVER BRANDON POWELL

On his 100-yard receiving day: “It is great, being undrafted and playing in the NFL. So to have a game like this is one I will look back to for the rest of my life. It was my first start, 100 yards against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. It will be one of those games that will be on my wall for my kids to watch. It was just a great experience for me.”

SAFETY TAVON WILSON

On the progress that the defense had made this season: “We are just scratching the surface of how good we can be. This is just a start. Obviously, we didn’t play the way we wanted to play all the time, but we definitely improved throughout the season so we are looking forward to next year.”

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