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Lions' defense frustrates Rodgers, Packers in win

The Detroit Lions' defense rattled Aaron Rodgers in a 19-7 victory over the Green Bay Packers. Our takeaways:

  1. Credit where credit is due: The much-maligned Lions' defense battered and frustrated Aaron Rodgers all game long, holding the quarterback to just 162 yards on 16-of-27 passing. The defensive line kept Eddie Lacy and Green Bay's running game in check and got after Rodgers. DeAndre Levy was phenomenal once again, but it was a banged-up secondary that played its best game in years. Coordinator Teryl Austin should wear a wide grin tonight.
  1. Rodgers generally destroys the Lions by picking apart a weak secondary. However, he never looked comfortable Sunday. The signal-caller was consistently pushed off his spot. He looked frustrated throughout the second half and couldn't find open receivers. Rodgers uncharacteristically missed badly on what should have been a touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson on fourth down late in the fourth quarter, essentially icing the game.
  1. The Lions' rushing attack helped Matthew Stafford overcome three turnovers (twointerceptions and a fumble). Their running backs carried the ball 30 times and churned out yardage late against a worn-out Packers defense that was on the field all day. The quarterback played poorly, but his teammates picked him up.
  1. Reggie Bush put the Lions up two scores in final quarter with a 26-yard scamper. It was Bush's first run of 10-plus yards in four games.
  1. DeAndre Levy was a Pro Bowl snub last season and might finally be getting his due. Two other Lions defenders who deserve mention for stellar play Sunday: Cornerback Darius Slay performed admirably against Nelson, and rotational defensive end George Johnson made some big plays.
  1. The Packers' offensive line struggled all night. They couldn't give Rodgers a good pocket and provided no holes in the run game. Lacy's early fumble didn't help matters.
  1. Julius Peppers had a great game -- three QB hits, a strip sack, fumble recovery and was in Stafford's face all day. The Packers' entire D-line played well until late in the fourth.
  1. Lions kicker Nate Freese should be looking for a new job soon.

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