Week 1 of the NFL season looked very different for Jared Goff and Aaron Rodgers, even though both started the season 0-1.
Rodgers turned in one of the worst performances of his career in recent memory as part of a 38-3 rout by the Saints where he had just 133 passing yards on roughly 53 percent of his passes and added two interceptions as well.
He admitted he didn’t play well in Week 1, and provided an interesting explanation for his two interception performance, but reminded people the last time he opened the season throwing two interceptions, he won his only Super Bowl.
Goff, meanwhile, turned in a serviceable performance in Week 1 against the 49ers and played well enough in the third and fourth quarter to keep the game interesting.
Trailing 38-10 with 7:54 left in the third, Goff and the Lions outscored the Lions 23-3 the rest of the way en route to a three touchdown, 300+ yard day for the Detroit signal caller, but it wasn’t enough for the Lions to come all the way back and win.
The Packers called up former Notre Dame wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown ahead of the game to get another weapon in the rotation for Aaron Rodgers while his brother, Amon-Ra, plays for the Lions.
The Lions will be without one of their top receivers in Tyrell Williams, who’s in the concussion protocol, and could be without one of their top running backs in D’Andre Swift, who’s currently listed as questionable with a groin injury.
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9:54 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN PACKERS. Green Bay takes its first lead of the night on a touchdown to Robert Tonyan for 22 yards on an eight play drive that goes over 80 yards. Green Bay 21, Detroit 17.
Former Sycamore great Robert Tonyan hauls in his first TD this season. Packers tight end with the 22-yard reception from Aaron Rodgers on Monday night football pic.twitter.com/6IL5kUbOce
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9:52 p.m.: That last pass from Rodgers moves him past Hall of Famer John Elway for 10th on the all-time passing yards list.
9:48 p.m.: On second down, Rodgers get sacked for the second time to set up third-and-12 on the Green Bay 24 and Rodgers then promptly fires a strike to Davante Adams in stride for 50 yards.
9:46 p.m.: Kylin Hill with a nice return as the Packers take over at their 13 to start the second half.
Halftime: Lions 17, Packers 14
9:39 p.m.: Some halftime stats: The Lions have outgained Green Bay 197-127, though Detroit is averaging 6.6 yards per play while Green Bay is averaging just over 5. Goff and Rodgers each also have two touchdowns and have just five incompletions between them on 26 pass attempts/
9:38 p.m.: The Packers defense has been porous this season, and the first half of this game was no different.
Drives allowed by the Packers’ defense so far this season:
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9:28 p.m.: FIELD GOAL LIONS. Chase Seibert nails a 43-yarder with three seconds left in the first half to make it Detroit 17, Green Bay 14.
9:26 p.m. The Lions take their second timeout with 17 seconds left in the first half as they look to score heading into the locker room.
9:16 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN PACKERS. Aaron-to-Aaron as Rodgers finds Jones, who was the star of this drive, for a 1-yard touchdown and the game is tied up with 1:52 left in the first half. Packers 14, Lions 14.
9:12 p.m.: Rodgers finds Jones again out of the backfield, this time for 13 yards and he’s down a yard short of the endzone.
9:10 p.m.: Rodgers finds Jones out of the backfield as the Packers are marching toward the redzone and look primed to tie it up. Second-and-1 from the Detroit 23.
9:08 p.m.: Green Bay’s offense continues to flow through Aaron Jones, who picks up 8 yards as the Packers cross midfield to the Detroit 44.
9:03 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN LIONS. Goff finds Hockenson back shoulder and in stride on a perfectly thrown ball to put the Lions back on top with 7:22 left in the first half. Lions 14, Packers 7.
9:02 p.m.: Goff continues his hot start and finds Kalif Raymond to put the Lions inside the Packers’ 10 yard line.
8:58 p.m.: The Lions are in good field position early in the second quarter after they draw a personal foul penalty and take over at the Green Bay 30.
8:54 p.m.: Rodgers is sacked quickly on third down to promptly end their second drive. Packers punt from their own goal line and the Lions take over at their 39.
8:47 p.m.: The first incompletion of the game is by Goff on third-and-9 and the refs call an intentional grouding on top of that. Detroit punts it away on fourth-and-28 from the Detroit 37. Packers take over at their own 18.
End first quarter: Packers 7, Lions 7.
8:42 p.m.: Jared Goff starts the game 7-of-7 as he finds Cephus again to end the first quarter with the game still knotted at 7.
8:38 p.m.: The Lions have gone to D’Andre Swift on the last few plays and it’s worked as they approach midfield.
8:33 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN PACKERS. It’s been the Aaron Jones show so far for Green Bay iand it continues as Jones hauls it in for a 4 yard touchdown to tie it up. Packers 7, Lions 7.
8:30 p.m.: Rodgers hits tight end Robert Tonyan for 19 yards and the Packers are in the redzone.
8:27 p.m.: Aaron Rodgers’ first pass of the night goes for 20 yards to Davante Adams, and the Packers are starting to march downfield.
8:26 p.m.: The Packers are opting to run the ball early, with their first three offensive plays coming on Aaron Jones runs to pick up a few first downs.
8:24 p.m.: The Packers will start on their own 25 after a touchback on the kickoff following the Lions’ touchdown.
8:20 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN LIONS. Jared Goff hits Cephus again, this time in the edzone to cap off a seven play, 75 yard drive that took 4:24 off the board. Lions 7, Packers 0.
8:17 p.m.: Goff hits Quintez Cephus for 46 yards on third-and-1 and the Lions are poised to strike early. Impressive play by Goff to move in the pocket and create a better throwing lane.
8:15 p.m.: The Lions win the toss and will start with the ball at their own 25.
What channel is Packers vs. Lions on today?
The second week of NFL action will wrap up on Monday with ESPN airing its “Monday Night Football” matchup of the Packers vs. the Lions. Steve Levy will be on play-by-play, Brian Griese and Louis Reddick will provide analysis, Lisa Salters will be reporting from the sideline, and John Parry will serve as the rules analyst. Coverage of this broadcast will be on ESPN, with the option to stream from either the ESPN app or on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.
Packers vs. Lions start time
- Date: Monday, Sept. 20
- Kickoff: 8:15 p.m. ET
The Packers and Lions are expected to kickoff their matchup at 8:15 p.m. ET from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Packers schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||at Saints||4:25 p.m. ET||FOX|
|2||Sept. 20||vs. Lions||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|3||Sept. 26||at 49ers||8:20 p.m. ET||CBS|
|4||Oct. 3||vs. Steelers||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|5||Oct. 10||at Bengals||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|6||Oct. 17||at Bears||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|7||Oct. 24||vs. Washington||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|8||Oct. 28||at Cardinals||8:20 p.m. ET||NFL/FOX|
|9||Nov. 7||at Chiefs||4:25 p.m. ET||FOX|
|10||Nov. 14||vs. Sehawks||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|11||Nov. 21||at Vikings||1 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|12||Nov. 28||vs. L.A. Rams||4:25 p.m. ET||FOX|
|14||Dec. 12||vs. Bears||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|15||Dec. 19||at Ravens||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|16||Dec. 25||vs. Browns||3:30 p.m. ET||NFL/FOX|
|17||Jan. 2||vs. Vikings||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|18||Jan. 9||at Lions||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
Lions schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||vs. 49ers||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|2||Sept. 19||at Packers||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|3||Sept. 26||vs. Ravens||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|4||Oct. 3||at Bears||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|5||Oct. 10||at Vikings||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|6||Oct. 17||vs. Bengals||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|7||Oct. 24||at L.A. Rams||4:05 p.m.||FOX|
|8||Oct. 31||vs. Eagles||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|10||Nov. 14||at Steelers||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|11||Nov. 21||at Browns||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|12||Nov. 25||vs. Bears||12:30 p.m. ET||FOX|
|13||Dec. 5||vs. Vikings||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|14||Dec. 12||vs. Broncos||4:05 p.m. ET||FOX|
|15||Dec. 19||vs. Cardinals||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|16||Dec. 26||at Falcons||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|17||Jan. 2||at Seahawks||4:25 p.m. ET||FOX|
|18||Jan. 9||vs. Packers||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
Monday Night Football schedule 2021
There will be 17 “Monday Night Football” games in 2021 even though there is no doubleheader. That’s because the season has extended to 17 games over 18 weeks. There will be no “Monday Night Football” during Week 18; all games will be played on Sunday.
|Week 1||Sept. 13||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||Washington Football Team vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns|
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