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The final 36 seconds of Green Bay v Detroit were spectacularly unpredictable

The Lions don’t do things the easy way – but then again, neither do the Packers.

THE DETROIT LIONS arrived in Lambeau Field this evening with a lot of monkeys on their back.

This is the same Detroit Lions that lost seven of their first eight games before today.

The same Detroit Lions that sacked both their team president and general manager.

The same Detroit Lions that hadn’t won in Lambeau since 1991 — 24 years ago.

Somehow, despite all of that, the worst team in the NFL somehow led the misfiring Packers 18-10 with just 36 seconds remaining.

And that’s when the fun began.

First, Aaron Rodgers fired an 11-yard touchdown pass over the middle to backup tight end Justin Perillo to make it Detroit 18-16 Green Bay.

Call it a comeback? Not so fast. Green Bay’s hopes of forcing overtime looked dead and buried when they went for the two-point conversion but Davante Adams allowed himself to be muscled out of position.

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But the Lions haven’t done anything the easy way this season and they still found a way to mess things up. Calvin Johnson was first to Mason Crosby’s onside kick but somehow managed to fumble it to give the Packers one last possession.

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Two completed passes later, Rodgers had them in field goal range and Crosby lined up a 52-yarder to hand the Lions defeat in the most Lions way imaginable.

And then this happened.

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Crosby’s kick looks as though it was tipped but replays showed that it wasn’t. He just duffed it.

What drama.

NFL – Early Sunday results

  • Jaguars 22 @ 20 Ravens
  • Browns 9 @ 30 Steelers
  • Dolphins 20 @ 19 Eagles
  • Saints 14 @ 47 Washington
  • Bears 37 @ 13 Rams 
  • Panthers 27 @ 10 Titans 
  • Cowboys 6 @ 10 Buccaneers
  • Lions 18 @ 16 Packers

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