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“That was a big play. We had all the momentum,” Stafford said. “I don’t really have much of an explanation for it. I wish I could have gotten on top of it. It squirted away from me again.”
And Daniels was right there to scoop it up, rumbling nearly half the length of the field for the score that pulled Green Bay within 14-10. Daniels is Green Bay’s first rookie defensive lineman to return a fumble for a TD since 1941.
He needs some work on his Lambeau Leap, however, getting only about halfway up the wall.
“I was too tired,” Daniels said.
Hey, Rodgers wasn’t much better.
Still trailing in the third, Rodgers was trying to find someone — anyone — to throw to on third-and-4. With Lions defensive end Willie Young closing in, Rodgers scrambled away and found a hole on the right side. He ran untouched down the sideline, holding the ball out as he crossed the goal line.
The 27-yard touchdown was the longest scoring run of his career, and the Packers’ longest this season.
“For him to score from that distance speaks volumes about his athletic ability,” McCarthy said. “He’s our guy, he’s our ace, it’s built around him and he played well again tonight.”
So did Green Bay’s running backs. Inconsistency and injuries have kept the Packers from finding a groove on the ground this season, and they had to bring back veteran Ryan Grant earlier this week just to give them some depth.
But they might have found a formula that worked. They rushed for 140 yards, 98 of it coming in the second half, and their entire go-ahead drive was on the ground.
Alex Green rushed for 29 yards on the first four plays, then Grant broke off a 13-yard gain.
Then it was Harris‘ turn. Elevated from the practice squad just eight days ago, his 5-yard gain put the Packers at the Detroit 14. He strolled in untouched on the next play, giving the Packers a 24-17 lead.
“It was poor defense,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “We had a chance to go out and get a stop, and they just ran the ball down our throats.”
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