3. From there, the Packers controlled the contest.
Tonyan’s score was the first of three straight possessions in the second half producing touchdowns (and four in a row going back to the second quarter).
Detroit’s next three discs ended with a failed snap from Goff (picked up by linebacker Krys Barnes), another fumble in the pocket under heavy pressure from linebacker Rashan Gary, and an interception by linebacker De ‘Vondre Campbell, again with Goff facing the pressure.
The defensive turnaround and second-half shutout were in part due to a half-time conversation between LaFleur and defensive coordinator Joe Barry. The head coach suggested that the defense should either exert extra pressure or sit in the coverage zone, as four-man races with men’s cover behind didn’t do the job in the first half, when the Lions have accumulated 197 yards and scored. 17 points.
“We had to affect the quarterback a lot more,” said LaFleur, which the Packers did even though they only technically registered one sack.
Regarding defensive progress, LaFleur added, “I hope it’s an upward trajectory.”
4. The sights and sounds of a full Lambeau were well received.
With an official attendance of 77,240 spectators, Lambeau Field was full for the first time since January 2020, and football finally felt more normal again.
“I really felt the presence of the fans,” said LaFleur. “It was long overdue.”
Rodgers added: “It’s special. That’s what you miss. With the crowd, it’s a whole lot different.”
The home atmosphere helped the Packers once again avoid back-to-back losses during LaFleur’s tenure, and the third-year head coach fell to 12-1 in NFC North games.