Packers Over Lions: Top Five Defensive Plays Of The Game

It was a good defensive performance in which the Green Bay Packers gave up a lot of yards as usual (409), but didn't allow many points, in part, because they forced three interceptions.

Second Quarter

(11:08) (Shotgun) 9-M.Stafford pass incomplete short left to 28-M.Morris (52-C.Matthews).

I'm going from memory here, but I think this was the play where Clay Matthews jumped up for full extension to swat away the screen pass attempt on third down.

(5:40) (No Huddle, Shotgun) 9-M.Stafford pass short right intended for 87-B.Pettigrew INTERCEPTED by 52-C.Matthews (79-R.Pickett) at DET 20. 52-C.Matthews to DET 13 for 7 yards (87-B.Pettigrew).

A nice tip drill catch by Matthews, but Ryan Pickett ran out into the open field to stick his hand out and tip it in the first place.

Third Quarter

(5:43) (Shotgun) 9-M.Stafford pass short middle intended for 87-B.Pettigrew INTERCEPTED by 49-R.Francois at GB 34. 49-R.Francois to GB 35 for 1 yard (77-G.Cherilus).

Robert Francois dropped back into coverage, and showed Matthews how to jump up for full extension and grab the interception.

(4:56) (No Huddle, Shotgun) 9-M.Stafford pass short right intended for 87-B.Pettigrew INTERCEPTED by 21-C.Woodson at DET 33. 21-C.Woodson to DET 33 for no gain (28-M.Morris).

As if this game needed anymore WOW plays from the defense. Charles Woodson managed to arch himself over Pettigrew's back and steal the pass away from him.

Fourth Quarter

(9:32) (Shotgun) 9-M.Stafford sacked at DET 13 for -3 yards (90-B.Raji).

Because I wanted to include their only recorded sack of the game (two other sacks didn't count because the Packers accepted a penalty instead). Also, it was good to see some activity from DE B.J. Raji. He hadn't recorded a tackle or sack in a couple games prior to Thanksgiving.

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