Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson skies over Packers cornerback Sam Shields to snag a touchdown pass in the first half on Thursday.
DETROIT — Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers heaved a 61-yard scoring strike to Richard Rogers as time expired to send the Packers to an unlikely 27-23 victory over the Detroit Lions on Thursday night.
The Packers appeared dead in the water on the previous play when a hook-and-lateral attempt was stopped, but the Lions were called for a facemask penalty that gave the Packers a final shot.
Rodgers took full advantage, scrambling before sending the ball high toward the end zone. Rogers was waiting for it on the other end, setting off a wild celebration as the stunned home crowd looked on in disbelief.
The victory pushed Green Bay’s mark to 8-4, while the Lions fell to 4-8.
The Lions had gone up 20-0 in the third quarter before Green Bay began to claw back. Detroit’s Matt Prater hit a 42-yard field goal with 7:11 to go in the fourth to stake Detroit to a 23-14 lead.
Rodgers then answered with a 17-yard scoring scramble, holding the ball out in front of him as he crossed the goal line to cut the deficit to 23-21.
After getting the ball back, Detroit burned as much clock as possible.
The Packers got it back with 23 seconds left, and Rodgers threw two quick incompletions.
A few seconds later, Rogers was being mobbed in the end zone as the Pack celebrated the comeback win.
Miami C Pouncey returns
DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey has returned to practice after leaving last week’s game with a right foot injury. Pouncey practiced on a limited basis Thursday.
It’s uncertain whether he’ll be able to play Sunday against Baltimore.
CB Revis unlikely to play
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Darrelle Revis sat out practice again and it appears unlikely that the New York Jets cornerback will play against the Giants on Sunday.
Revis suffered a concussion at Houston on Nov. 22 and has not practiced, played or even attended meetings since.
That had coach Todd Bowles hardly optimistic that Revis could potentially play with just one day of practice.
“I don’t think so,” Bowles said Thursday. “He didn’t do anything today, so it’s more likely that he won’t play.”