Stafford connected with TJ Jones to convert a third-and-12 from the Detroit 18 after Green Bay called its final timeout with 2:54 to go. The Lions needed one more first down to seal the victory, but Green Bay forced them to punt and got the ball back on the 21 with 23 seconds left.
Aaron Rodgers scrambled long enough to give his receivers time to sprint to the end zone and got to the outside. The quarterback threw the ball, perhaps as high and far as he could, and his tight end found a way to get to it in front of a slew of players from both teams and leaped for the catch.
Stafford was 23 of 35 for 220 yards and two scores.
Detroit went ahead 17-0 after its first three drives and capped the opening possession of the third quarter with a field goal to go ahead 20-0.
It wasn't a big enough cushion.
On the next snap, Julius Peppers stripped the ball from Stafford and Jake Ryan recovered it for Green Bay at the Lions 12. On the ensuing third down, Aaron Rodgers perfectly lofted a 17-yard pass over linebacker Josh Bynes to Davante Adams for his first touchdown reception this season to pull the Packers within six points.
On Stafford's two TD passes in the first quarter, he took advantage of Green Bay's disorganized defense and of having the 6-foot-5 Johnson as a teammate.
One snap after Aaron Rodgers overthrew James Jones and Glover Quin intercepted the pass, Johnson added to his highlights. While cloaked by cornerback Sam Shields, he leaped to catch Stafford's 17-yard pass with two hands and squeezed the ball with only his right hand as he planted his right foot and dragged his left on the side of the end zone.