Packers beat Lions 42-21 in home opener
By: Mike Stiles - Monday, September 21, 2020

(GREEN BAY) – Aaron Jones rushed for a career-high 168 yards and scored three touchdowns, including a 75 yard breakaway, as the Green Bay Packers rallied from an early 11 point deficit to beat the Detroit Lions 42-21 on Sunday. Jones also had a team-high 68 yards receiving on four catches as the Packers (2-0) won their home opener for an eighth consecutive year and improved to 8-0 against NFC North foes during coach Matt LaFleur's tenure. Jones had a 14 yard touchdown run to go along with his 75 yarder. Aaron Rodgers was 18 of 30 for 240 yards with touchdown passes to Jones and Robert Tonyan. One week after blowing a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead in a 27-23 loss to the Chicago Bears, the Lions (0-2) allowed an 11-point advantage to vanish by halftime. Detroit allowed 31 straight points to turn a 14-3 lead into a 34-14 deficit. The Lions are the first team in NFL history to blow double-digit leads to lose four straight games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. They've lost 11 straight overall for their longest skid since dropping 19 from 2007-09. Green Bay took the lead for good 17-14 on Rodgers' 11-yard pass to Tonyan with 14 seconds left in the second quarter. The Packers extended the lead to 31-14 later in the third quarter when Rashan Gary pressured Matthew Stafford into throwing an interception that Chandon Sullivan returned for a 7-yard touchdown. Stafford who went 20 of 33 for 244 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Detroit scored touchdowns on its first two possessions. Kerryon Johnson capped the first series with a 1-yard run. Detroit's second drive ended with Stafford's 4-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones.