Packers stomp Lions in Thanksgiving opener
DETROIT -- Aaron Rodgers matched a career high with three touchdown passes and Green Bay beat the Detroit Lions 34-12 on Thursday, giving the Packers three straight wins and improving their playoff prospects.
Detroit (2-9) lost its sixth straight game on Thanksgiving, setting a franchise record, and had an emotional setback after its biggest comeback win since 1957.
Matthew Stafford, playing with a sore non-throwing shoulder, threw one touchdown and four interceptions in a rookie-like performance after passing for five scores in Sunday's win over Cleveland after trailing by 21.
Detroit (2-9) looked like it was building off the momentum from its last victory 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 quarter to turn the game into a rout that has become familiar.