Detroit Lions 17-35 Green Bay Packers: Aaron Jones scores four touchdowns, three from Aaron Rodgers passes | NFL News

Aaron Rodgers passed John Elway to move into 10th on the all-time passing yards list as he threw for 255 and four touchdowns to lead the Green Bay Packers to a bounce-back victory over the Detroit Lions; three of his end zone strikes went to Aaron Jones, who also rushed for a touchdown

Last Updated: 21/09/21 8:03am

Highlights from the game between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers in Week 2 of the 2021 NFL regular season

Highlights from the game between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers in Week 2 of the 2021 NFL regular season

Aaron Jones caught three of four Aaron Rodgers touchdown passes and rushed for another score as and the Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions 35-17 at Lambeau Field to respond to their opening week defeat to the New Orleans Saints.

Story of the Game

Rodgers finished 22 of 27 passing for 255 yards and four touchdowns to follow up his scoreless, two-interception Week One encounter with Jameis Winston and the Saints as the Packers won their ninth straight home opener. In doing so he passed John Elway for 10th all-time in passing yards with 51,633 yards, putting him behind the Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan.

Jones became the first Packers running back to haul in three touchdown passes in a game since Andy Uram against the Chicago Cardinals in 1942, rushing for 67 yards off 17 carries and making six catches for 48 yards.

Lions quarterback Jared Goff completed 13 of his first 14 passes but struggled the rest of the way as the Lions (0-2) blew a 17-14 half-time lead. He finished 26 of 36 for 246 yards having connected on touchdown passes to Quintez Cephus and T.J. Hockenson as well as throwing an interception and losing a fumble.

Watch all four Aaron Jones touchdowns from Monday night

Watch all four Aaron Jones touchdowns from Monday night

Watch all four Aaron Jones touchdowns from Monday night

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“I think that there’s, even more now than when I started playing, there’s so many overreactions that happen on a week-to-week basis,” Rodgers said. “So it’s nice to come out and have a good performance and get the trolls off our back for at least a week.”

During the celebrations after one of his four touchdowns, Jones lost a necklace he wears with a little black football containing some of the ashes of his late father, Alvin Jones Sr, who passed away on April 8.

“I think the grounds crew is about to go out there and look right now,” Jones said. “But if there was any place to lose it, that’s where my dad would’ve wanted me to lose it, so I know he’s smiling.”

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Jones celebrates his touchdown run during the second half (AP)

Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Jones celebrates his touchdown run during the second half (AP)

Stats leaders

Lions

  • Passing: Jared Goff, 26/36, 246 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
  • Rushing: Jared Goff, four carries, 46 yards
  • D’Andre Swift, eight carries, 37 yards
  • Receiving: TJ Hockenson, eight catches, 66 yards, 1 TD

Packers

  • Passing: Aaron Rodgers, 22/27, 255 yards, 4 TDs
  • Rushing: Aaron Jones, 17 carries, 67 yards, 1 TD
  • Receiving: Davante Adams, eight catches, 121 yards
  • Aaron Jones, six catches, 48 yards, 3 TDs

MVPs

It was a night for Aarons, with Rodgers looking back to his MVP self with a clinical night in the red zone and Jones was again proving instrumental to Matt LaFleur’s offense after the Packers had mustered just 43 rushing yards against the Saints in Week One.

Packers wide receiver Davante Adams meanwhile got his season up and running with eight catches for 121 yards, including a 50-yard reception on third down to tee up the hosts’ go-ahead score early in the second half.

Scoring Summary

Scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER
Lions 7-0 Packers Jared Goff five-yard TD pass to Quintez Cephus (extra point)
Lions 7-7 Packers Aaron Rodgers four-yard TD pass to Aaron Jones (extra point)
SECOND QUARTER
Lions 14-7 Packers Jared Goff eight-yard TD pass to TJ Hockenson (extra point)
Lions 14-14 Packers Aaron Rodgers one-yard TD pass to Aaron Jones (extra point)
Lions 17-14 Packers Austin Seibert 43-yard field goal
THIRD QUARTER
Lions 17-21 Packers Aaron Rodgers 22-yard TD pass to Robert Tonyan (extra point)
Lions 17-28 Packers Aaron Rodgers 11-yard TD pass to Aaron Jones (extra point)
FOURTH QUARTER
Lions 17-35 Packers Aaron Jones one-yard rushing TD (extra point)

Key Plays

Goff started strongly as he capped a seven-play 75-yard opening drive of the game with a five-yard touchdown pass to Quintez Cephus, before the Packers’ Jones carried the ball six times on an ensuing 11-play, 75-yard drive that he would finish off with his opening touchdown catch of the night.

Detroit restored their lead on an eight-yard touchdown connection between Goff and tight end TJ Hockenson, but back came the Packers through Jones’ one-yard reception to end a 10-play, 56-yard drive.

Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff throws a precision pass to tight end T.J. Hockenson in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown.

Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff throws a precision pass to tight end T.J. Hockenson in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown.

Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff throws a precision pass to tight end T.J. Hockenson in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown.

Staring at a third-and-12 at his own 24 on the opening drive of the second half, Rodgers found Adams for a 50-yard link-up that would pave the way for a 22-yard touchdown pass to Robert Tonyan as the Packers took the lead for the first time on the night.

Lions rookie cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu injured his thigh on the Adams play, adding to his team’s concerns in the secondary after losing second-year cornerback Jeff Okudah to a season-ending ruptured Achilles tendon suffered in Week One.

Aaron Rogers hits a precision 22yd pass to Robert Tonyan for a touchdown in the Green Bay Packers' victory over the Detroit Lions.

Aaron Rogers hits a precision 22yd pass to Robert Tonyan for a touchdown in the Green Bay Packers’ victory over the Detroit Lions.

Aaron Rogers hits a precision 22yd pass to Robert Tonyan for a touchdown in the Green Bay Packers’ victory over the Detroit Lions.

Rodgers threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jones to extend the Packers’ lead to 28-17, before Krys Barners recovered Goff’s fumble at the Lions 23 on the next snap to set up Jones’ decisive one-yard run.

De’Vondre Campbell all-but closed out the game for good when he intercepted a Goff pass intended for Trinity Benson with 3.43 to play.

What’s Next?

The Lions host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday on the back of Lamar Jackson leading John Harbaugh’s side to a thrilling victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.

Green Bay are meanwhile on the road against the San Francisco 49ers, where they won 34-17 last season.

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