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Lions score 37 straight in 40-10 rout of Packers

  • Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) reacts after his run during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

    Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) reacts after his run during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

  • Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) fumbles during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

    Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) fumbles during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

  • Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) fumbles during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

    Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) fumbles during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

  • Detroit Lions wide receiver Jeremy Ross (12) jumps over the Green Bay Packers defense on the opening kickoff during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Detroit Lions wide receiver Jeremy Ross (12) jumps over the Green Bay Packers defense on the opening kickoff during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) is stopped by Green Bay Packers free safety M.D. Jennings (43) and inside linebacker A.J. Hawk (50) during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) is stopped by Green Bay Packers free safety M.D. Jennings (43) and inside linebacker A.J. Hawk (50) during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) is stopped by Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) is stopped by Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz talks with Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, center, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers during a warm up period before an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz talks with Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, center, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers during a warm up period before an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn (10) is tackled by Detroit Lions defensive end Willie Young (79) during the second quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn (10) is tackled by Detroit Lions defensive end Willie Young (79) during the second quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

  • Green Bay Packers strong safety Morgan Burnett (42) runs into the end zone for a touchdown after his fumble recovery during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

    Green Bay Packers strong safety Morgan Burnett (42) runs into the end zone for a touchdown after his fumble recovery during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

  • Green Bay Packers strong safety Morgan Burnett (42) celebrates in the end zone after his fumble recovery during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Green Bay Packers strong safety Morgan Burnett (42) celebrates in the end zone after his fumble recovery during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • CORRECTS QUARTERBACK NAME FROM AARON RODGERS TO MATT FLYNN: Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn looks downfield during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

    CORRECTS QUARTERBACK NAME FROM AARON RODGERS TO MATT FLYNN: Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn looks downfield during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

  • Green Bay Packers strong safety Morgan Burnett (42) runs after his fumble recover during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Green Bay Packers strong safety Morgan Burnett (42) runs after his fumble recover during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Green Bay Packers wide receiver Myles White (19) sits on the bench during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. The Lions won 40-10. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

    Green Bay Packers wide receiver Myles White (19) sits on the bench during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. The Lions won 40-10. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

  • Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) is presented the Galloping Gobbler award after an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

    Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) is presented the Galloping Gobbler award after an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

  • Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) scores a 1-yard touchdown during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

    Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) scores a 1-yard touchdown during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

  • Detroit Lions wide receiver Jeremy Ross (12) reacts during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

    Detroit Lions wide receiver Jeremy Ross (12) reacts during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

  • From left, Green Bay Packers' Scott Tolzien (16) sits with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, center, and Matt Flynn, right, on the bench during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

    From left, Green Bay Packers' Scott Tolzien (16) sits with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, center, and Matt Flynn, right, on the bench during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

  • Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) hugs Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers after an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. The Lions won 40-10. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) hugs Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers after an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. The Lions won 40-10. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn (10) walks off the field after giving up the ball to the Detroit Lions during the third quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn (10) walks off the field after giving up the ball to the Detroit Lions during the third quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) is covered by Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) in the end zone during the second half of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) is covered by Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) in the end zone during the second half of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) pulls away form Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) for a touchdown during the third quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) pulls away form Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) for a touchdown during the third quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Detroit Lions fans are seen in attendance during the third quarter of an NFL football game between the Lions and the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

    Detroit Lions fans are seen in attendance during the third quarter of an NFL football game between the Lions and the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

  • Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) prepares to dunk the football after his 20-yard touchdown run during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

    Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) prepares to dunk the football after his 20-yard touchdown run during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

  • Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) prepares to dunk the football after his 20-yard touchdown run during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

    Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) prepares to dunk the football after his 20-yard touchdown run during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

  • The Green Bay Packers defense closes in on Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) after his 23-yard run during the second quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

    The Green Bay Packers defense closes in on Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) after his 23-yard run during the second quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

  • Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) reacts after his run during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
  • Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) fumbles during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
  • Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) fumbles during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
  • Detroit Lions wide receiver Jeremy Ross (12) jumps over the Green Bay Packers defense on the opening kickoff during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
  • Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) is stopped by Green Bay Packers free safety M.D. Jennings (43) and inside linebacker A.J. Hawk (50) during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
  • Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) is stopped by Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
  • Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
  • Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz talks with Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, center, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers during a warm up period before an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn (10) is tackled by Detroit Lions defensive end Willie Young (79) during the second quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
  • Green Bay Packers strong safety Morgan Burnett (42) runs into the end zone for a touchdown after his fumble recovery during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
  • Green Bay Packers strong safety Morgan Burnett (42) celebrates in the end zone after his fumble recovery during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
  • CORRECTS QUARTERBACK NAME FROM AARON RODGERS TO MATT FLYNN: Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn looks downfield during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
  • Green Bay Packers strong safety Morgan Burnett (42) runs after his fumble recover during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
  • Green Bay Packers wide receiver Myles White (19) sits on the bench during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. The Lions won 40-10. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
  • Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) is presented the Galloping Gobbler award after an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
  • Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) scores a 1-yard touchdown during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
  • Detroit Lions wide receiver Jeremy Ross (12) reacts during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
  • From left, Green Bay Packers' Scott Tolzien (16) sits with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, center, and Matt Flynn, right, on the bench during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
  • Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) hugs Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers after an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. The Lions won 40-10. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn (10) walks off the field after giving up the ball to the Detroit Lions during the third quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
  • Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) is covered by Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) in the end zone during the second half of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
  • Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) pulls away form Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) for a touchdown during the third quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
  • Detroit Lions fans are seen in attendance during the third quarter of an NFL football game between the Lions and the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
  • Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) prepares to dunk the football after his 20-yard touchdown run during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
  • Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) prepares to dunk the football after his 20-yard touchdown run during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
  • The Green Bay Packers defense closes in on Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) after his 23-yard run during the second quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

DETROIT – Matthew Stafford and Reggie Bush did their part to keep the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers in the game.

Stafford turned the ball over a few times and Bush did once.

Instead of crumbling and losing confidence, both players bounced back and helped the Detroit Lions put together a dominant performance after an awful start.

Stafford threw three touchdown passes, including one to Calvin Johnson, Bush had 182 yards of offense and scored, and Detroit scored 37 straight points to rout Green Bay, 40-10, yesterday.

“When we get out of our own way, we can be pretty special,” Bush said.

Early on, it looked as if the Lions were going to find another way to waste chances to win a game and take control of the NFC North.

“It’s easy when you lose a couple games in a row, particularly the fashion that we lost, for people to say, ‘Here we go again,’ ” Detroit Coach Jim Schwartz said. “I’m sure there were some people that were saying that, but they weren’t on our sideline.”

The Lions (7-5) had lost their last two games, five consecutive against Green Bay and a franchise-record nine straight in their annual showcase on Thanksgiving.

“It’s a step in the right direction for us,” Stafford said. “I’m sure the turkey will taste better.”

The Packers (5-6-1) have a five-game winless streak for the first time since 2008.

“We’re not used to anything like this – not on this team,” Green Bay linebacker A.J. Hawk said. “This is something that is going to make a lot of guys on this team think, and that’s good. We need to find some answers because they just ran the ball down our throats.”

Bush responded from fumbling deep in Green Bay territory to score on a 1-yard TD run that gave Detroit a 17-10 lead late in the first half. He finished with 117 yards rushing and 65 yards receiving. Bush’s backup, Joique Bell, ran for a career-high 94 yards and a score.

The Packers, painfully, are finding out how valuable Rodgers is for the franchise. Rodgers has missed four-plus games since fracturing his left collarbone. Green Bay has tied one and lost four without him.

“We’re a wounded team that got drilled by a good football team,” Packers Coach Mike McCarthy said.

Matt Flynn became the fourth starting quarterback for Green Bay this year and was sacked seven times, once by Ndamukong Suh for a safety.

Flynn didn’t fare as well as he did in his last start for Green Bay against the same opponent.

He was 10-of-20 for 139 yards with an interception and two fumbles. In the last game of the 2011 regular season, while Rodgers rested for the playoffs, Flynn threw for 480 yards and six TDs in a 45-41 win over Detroit.

“They might have a lot of the same guys, but I can say they’re a different defense,” Flynn said. “They’re flying around, creating havoc.”

The Packers have been leaning on rookie running back Eddie Lacy lately, but he was limited to 16 yards on 10 carries against one of the NFL’s best defenses against the run.

Detroit was balanced on offense.

Johnson had six receptions for 101 yards and a 20-yard TD to put the Lions up 24-10 early in the third quarter. He has 4,944 yards receiving in two-plus seasons, breaking Jerry Rice’s NFL record for yards receiving in a three-year stretch. Rice had 4,850 yards receiving from 1993 to 1995.

Stafford was 22-of-35 for 330 yards with two interceptions and a fumble that was returned by Morgan Burnett to put the Packers up 10-3 early in the second quarter.

After that, Detroit did whatever it wanted on both sides of the ball. And if the Lions didn’t start the game so poorly, the score could’ve been even more lopsided.

Detroit gained 561 yards and gave up just 126.

Green Bay didn’t have more than 100 yards of offense until Flynn threw a 56-yard pass to Jordy Nelson with a little more than a minute left. Flynn then fumbled in a fitting end for a game that he and his team would like to forget.

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