DETROIT – The Lions finished off the first half with an impressive 69-yard drive where they faced just one third down -- a third and one they picked up with ease.
It was a three-yard pass from Matthew Stafford to Golden Tate that finished off the methodical march down the field. Runningback Zach Zenner continued his dominant first half with a key 14-yard reception, and Anquan Boldin got in on the action with a 10-yard reception setting up the TD pass.
It was a strong finish to the half for the Lions, undermined only by the defensive giving up a field-goal-scoring driving in just 26 seconds to make it 14-10 to close out the half.
Stafford and Green Bay star Aaron Rodgers had comparable stat lines in the first half. Both had touchdown passes, though Stafford was more efficient at 16 of 22 for 183 yards. Rodgers was 10 for 17 for 130 yards.
Zenner is the early difference with an impressive 63 rushing yards and three catches for 35 yards, plus the Lions' first touchdown.
Lions kicker Matt Prater had one of the lowlights for the Lions in the half, missing a 39-yard field goal that Rodgers turned around into the Packers touchdown.
The winner of this game wins the NFC North, the fourth seed in the playoffs and a first-round home playoff game against the New York Giants. The loser travels to Seattle next week.