- The Washington Times - Friday, November 27, 2009

DETROIT | The Detroit Lions used to take a lot of pride in playing on Thanksgiving.

Lately, the Lions have been getting embarrassed when the nation tunes in to watch them.

Aaron Rodgers matched a career high with three touchdown passes Thursday and Charles Woodson grabbed two of his team’s four interceptions, giving the Green Bay Packers a 34-12 victory against Detroit.

The Lions have lost six straight games on the holiday, setting a franchise record, by an average of 23.2 points and eight of nine in the showcase game. The latest loss was an emotional setback for Detroit (2-9) four days after Matthew Stafford’s gutsy play capped its biggest comeback win since 1957.

“It’s a different feeling in this locker room - especially on national television to come out like that,” Detroit center Dominic Raiola said.

Before its recent slide, Detroit won four straight and nine of 12 on Thanksgiving before ex-general manager Matt Millen arrived in 2001 and made a lackluster franchise awful.

Green Bay (7-4) has won three straight since losing to Tampa Bay to improve its postseason prospects.

“We can’t talk about the playoffs yet,” Packers receiver Donald Driver said.

Stafford, playing with a sore nonthrowing shoulder, threw one touchdown pass and four interceptions. He tossed five TD passes in Sunday’s win over Cleveland after trailing by 21.

“When you’ve got to throw the ball every down to try to get back into it when you’re behind, guys are going to be all over it,” Stafford said.

Kevin Smith’s longest run was 6 yards and he finished with 43 on 18 carries for the Lions.

“This is the type of game that you hit your head on a wall about,” Smith said.

The Lions looked as if they were building off their rare momentum by recovering a fumble on the opening kickoff and with Stafford’s TD pass to Calvin Johnson.

But the Packers scored 27 unanswered points in the second and third quarters to turn the game into a familiar rout.

“We had to dig deep,” Rodgers said. “There’s a lot of resolve in this team, and I’m confident in our team moving forward.”

The Packers have won nine straight against the Lions overall, and coach Mike McCarthy is 8-0 against them.

Woodson returned his second interception for a score late in the game and struck a Heisman Trophy pose in the end zone, just as he did in 1997 at Michigan before going on to win the award.

“Being here in Michigan with all the fans I know I still have here,” Woodson said. “I just wanted to remind those guys what it was like back when I was in school.”

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