This one was essentially over at halftime. Stafford threw for 361 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Lions to a convincing 30-17 win over the Packers at Lambeau Field.
Detroit did not punt in a game for the first time since 1971 and held a significant time-of-possession advantage of 36:55-23:05.
It was just the second win for the Lions in the state of Wisconsin since 1991, but both wins have now come in the last three trips to Green Bay.
The Lions grabbed the momentum on their first offensive series, a drive kept alive by a Packers mistake.
“Experience makes players better in this league, but you want to make sure that they’re ready,” 49ers GM John Lynch recently told co-host Gil Brandt and me on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “That not only includes Jimmy when he’s up to speed on the offense.”
The 49ers finally got their first win at the expense of the struggling Giants. Win No. 2 probably won’t come in their next game, after their bye this week, against the Seahawks.
Thursday night’s game in Pittsburgh will air nationally on NBC and NFL Network. It’s the second of five consecutive Thursday night games that were scheduled to be televised on NBC throughout the season (not including the NFL season-opener) as part of the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football” expansion package for 2016 and ’17. NBC will also televise the Thanksgiving night game between the Giants and Redskins on Thursday, Nov. 23. CBS carried five Thursday night games earlier this year. In addition to CBS and NBC, NFL Network broadcasts every Thursday night game of the season.
NBC will utilize its “dual” SkyCam system to present a new primary viewing angle for its coverage of Titans vs. Steelers on Thursday night. The network’s SkyCam coverage received widespread acclaim from viewers when it was pressed into action due to fog during “Sunday Night Football” in Week 7.