Lions upset Packers, Giants secure first win

Sun Sep 21, 2014 6:55pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - The Detroit Lions defense overwhelmed the Green Bay Packers and Eli Manning engineered the first win of the season for the New York Giants in a Sunday of NFL surprises.

Defensive back Don Carey scored on a 40-yard fumble return in the first quarter and running back Reggie Bush had a 26-yard scoring run in the fourth as the Lions upended the Packers 19-7, holding Green Bay to 223 yards total offense at Ford Field.

Manning threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns as the Giants beat Houston 30-17, handing the Texans their first loss of the season.

The Giants led 14-0 at halftime, after touchdowns by wide receiver Victor Cruz on a pass from Manning and running back Rashad Jennings's one-yard run, then withstood a third-quarter rally by the Texans to secure the win.

In other early games, the New England Patriots defeated the visiting Oakland Raiders 16-9 and the Dallas Cowboys scraped past the Rams 34-31 in St. Louis.

Philadelphia and New Orleans also came away with needed wins.

At Detroit, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was held to 162 yards and a single touchdown and was sacked twice as he suffered only his second loss to the Lions in 11 career meetings.

"Our defense did an outstanding job of getting off the field all day," Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who threw for 246 yards on 22 of 34 passing, told reporters.

"Against that group that they were going up against, that was pretty awesome.   Continued...

 
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) gestures at the line of scrimmage during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports