TWENTYMAN: Lions dominate first half, but score remains close thanks to miscues

Posted Nov 28, 2013

Three first-half turnovers by the Lions have kept the halftime score close

The Detroit Lions have completely dominated the first half of football vs. the Green Bay Packers today on Thanksgiving.

The Packers should be very thankful for three Detroit first-half turnovers and a special teams miscue that have kept the score as close as it is.

The Lions have 340 yards of offense compared to only 43 for the Packers. The Lions defense has held Green Bay to just three first downs and 19 passing yards. The Lions have 17 first downs on offense.

Ziggy AnsahDE Ziggy Ansah (Photo: G.Smith/Detroit Lions)

However, a Reggie Bush fumble inside the Packers 10-yard line, a Matthew Stafford fumble that was picked up and returned by safety Morgan Burnett for a Packers touchdown, and a Stafford interception early in the second quarter at the Packers 44-yard line have all contributed to the Packers even being in this game.

A missed 30-yard chip-shot field goal by David Akers on the half’s final play has also help keep the score close.

Bush and receiver Jeremy Ross have scored the two Lions touchdown in the half. Ross, a former Packer, has a 24-yard run, a 5-yard touchdown catch and a 35-yard punt return so far.

On defense, Ziggy Ansah has two first-half sacks. That gives him four over his last six quarters.

The Lions now have 16 turnovers over their last 18 quarters of play.

It’s a dangerous game the Lions are playing keeping Green Bay so close, when they’ve clearly outplayed them in most aspects of the game.