10/14/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/14/2019 22:00
The Green Bay Packers (5-1) are alone atop the NFC North. Green Bay came back from a 13-point first-half deficit and Mason Crosby kicked a game-winning 23-yard field goal with no time remaining to top the Detroit Lions (2-2-1), 23-22, on 'Monday Night Football' in Week 6. Here's what we learned:
1. On a night when neither team was at its best and points were left on the field, the Packers and Lions needed help from a third party to help resolve matters in the fourth quarter: the officials. On the final three drives of Monday night's contest, questionable calls and non-calls from Clete Blakeman's crew swung the eventual result of this one. First, a Packers drive was extended following a failed third down after Lions defensive end Trey Flowers was called for illegal use of the hands on Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari; an instant replay showed Flowers grabbed Bakhtiari's shoulder pad and the tackle arching his head back, but no contact with his face. The Packers scored on a TD pass three plays late to cut Detroit's lead to two points. On the Lions' ensuing drive, a Matthew Stafford pass to Marvin Jones fell incomplete in Green Bay territory but only after Packers defensive back Will Redmond slashed the Lions receiver across the chest. No pass interference call was made, and Matt Patricia neglected to challenge the call. Detroit punted with 6:53 to go in the game. Finally, on what would be the final drive of the game, Green Bay's march was extended once more when Flowers was again called for hands to the face on Bakhtiari on a failed third down; replay showed a similar misinterpretation of the play. Four plays later, Crosby kicked the game-winning field goal from 23 yards out. 'Today didn't feel like a win until the end,' Aaron Rodgers told ESPN's Lisa Salters after the game. That's because if not for some forgiving judges, Green Bay's fifth victory of the season would have likely been its second loss.
Around The NFL will have more on Green Bay's win shortly.