Lions maul Packers in Thanksgiving Day kick off

Thu Nov 28, 2013 4:34pm EST
 
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(Reuters) - The Detroit Lions overcame a sloppy start to maul the Green Bay Packers 40-10 in a key National Football League clash on Thursday to kick off the traditional American Thanksgiving gridiron feast.

The Lions (7-5) have not won the NFC North division in 19 seasons and looked ready to serve up a holiday turkey for the home fans when they turned over the ball four times, including three in the opening half.

But they recovered to win easily and snap a two-game losing skid to remain at the top of the division while the Packers fell to (5-6-1).

After turning the ball over five times last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including four interceptions by quarterback Matthew Stafford, the Lions were again their own worst enemy.

A fumble on their opening possession ending a scoring drive and was followed by another in the second quarter that resulted in Green Bay's only touchdown.

Stafford ended the day with two interceptions but also tossed for three touchdowns, guiding a Detroit offense that piled up 561-yards compared to just 126 by the Packers.

"It was tough in the beginning, we had some turnovers and as an offense we pride ourselves on not turning the ball over, so we hurt our team a little bit," said Lions running back Reggie Bush, who rushed for 117-yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

"But we were able to bounce back and I think that is the biggest thing we can take away from today,"

"We battled back, fought through adversity and came out with the win."   Continued...

 
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn (10) in the end zone for a safety during the third quarter during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports