Crosby kicks winner as Packers stun Lions

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Mason Crosby booted a 23-yard field goal in the final seconds as the Green Bay Packers rallied late to shock the Detroit Lions 23-22 on Monday night. AFP

Mason Crosby booted a 23-yard field goal in the final seconds as the Green Bay Packers rallied late to shock the Detroit Lions 23-22 on Monday night.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of 39 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns for the Packers, who sent a message to the rest of the NFC North that they are serious contenders this season.

“It didn’t feel like a win until the end,” said Rodgers. “We grinded it out.

“We battled, we made some mistakes, we turned the ball over a bunch, but there is a lot of resolve in this team.

“Our defence tightened up and we had two big scoring drives down the stretch.”

Heading into the game the Packers and the Lions were the only two teams in the division with one loss.

Green Bay improved to 5-1 while the Lions are now 2-2-1.

With star receiver Davante Adams injured, Rodgers had to look for other offensive weapons in front of the crowd of 76,900 at Lambeau Field.

He linked up with Allen Lazard for a 35 yard touchdown and Jamaal Williams for another TD strike. Lazard had just one career catch and none this season.

Williams finished with 104 yards on 14 carries and four catches for 32 yards for Green Bay, which also captured its first win in five tries against its rival.

Potential concussion

The Packers had to play without Adams, who is out with a toe injury and receiver Geronimo Allison suffered a potential concussion early in third quarter.

Matt Prater kicked field goals from 26, 22, 41, 51 and 54 yards for the Lions while quarterback Matthew Stafford finished 18 of 32 for 265 yards and was sacked three times.

Prater’s fifth field goal from 54 yards stretched the Lions lead to 22-13 in the fourth.

The Packers got a badly needed stop in the fourth, with safety Will Redmond and cornerback Jaire Alexander breaking up passes to Marvin Jones on consecutive plays.

The Packers had one last shot, starting at their 18 with just under seven minutes remaining.

Rodgers marched the Packers methodically into scoring position with a drive highlighted by the three completions to Lazard and a 12-yard Rodgers run for a first down at midfield.