Sunday, December 28, 2008

End of 1st quarter: Packers 14 - Lions 0

If a fast start was what the Packers wanted -- and it was -- they got it. Although it didn't look as if that was the case on their opening possession of the game.

After getting a roughly 47-yard kickoff return by Jordy Nelson to set the Pack up inside Lions territory, and then moving the ball a bit, QB Aaron Rodgers had the ball slip out of his throwing hand as he went to pass. Fortunately, the Packers recovered the ball...back in their own territory. This set up a 2nd and 34. Eventually facing a 4th and 12, the Packers went for it...why not? Rodgers threw an underneath pass to Donald Driver who was only able to get 8 of the 12 yards needed.

The Pack held the Lions. On their next possession, the Pack faced a 3rd and 4 situation. Rodgers pitched the ball to DeShawn Wynn who then went around the right side untouched for 73 yards and a TD. Packers 7 - Lions 0.

The other highlights of the quarter were the seventh pass interception of the season by Charles Woodson and the subsequent first career TD catch by rookie TE Jermichael Finley on a 3-yard endzone fade pass from Rodgers. Packers 14 - Lions 0.

One of the disconcerting aspects of the quarter was the number of dropped passes. There were 4 in the quarter, 3 by Greg Jennings.