Packers vs. Lions: Depleted Defense Comes Up Big in Divisional Win for Green Bay

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2012

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 18: M.D. Jennings #43 of the Green Bay Packers intercepts the pass from Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions during the fourth quarter of the game at Ford Field on November 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Packers defeated the Lions 24-20. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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There were times when the Packers didn't seem to want to win this game.

Bad penalties, bad throws, bad defense, bad field goal attempts.

However, a defense with a ton of injuries held at the end of the game, and Rodgers directed a great drive down the field for a touchdown to Randall Cobb, who had a tremendous game.

Cobb had nine catches for 74 yards and a touchdown through the air as well as another 17 yards as a running back.

Still, as impressive as Cobb was, the defense was the story today.

They weren't perfect, but they generated a pair of turnovers including a huge pick-six and stymied the top ranked passing offense in the league.

Of course, they did it without many of their defensive play-makers on the field. If you thought they didn't look great at times, consider that they were without guys like Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews.

Taking that into account, they played very well.

It was especially good to see guys like MD Jennings step up big with a killer interception while rookie safety Jerron McMillian recovered a fumble.

Towards the end, the defense went into the frustrating Dom Capers zone defense, but for the most part, this was a great showing by the guys and, once again, proof that Green Bay's 'next man up' philosophy works like gangbusters.

Depending on the outcome of Monday's Chicago game, the Packers could be tied for first in the NFC North. That's big considering the rough start to the season. 


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