September 21 (WNN) — Aaron Jones recorded three touchdown catches and a rushing score, while Aaron Rodgers bowled four touchdown tosses to end Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season to help the Green Bay Packers win over the Detroit Lions.
The Packers trailed 17-14 at halftime, but scored 21 unanswered runs in the second half of a 35-17 win at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on Monday. Jones is the first Packers in history to score three touchdowns and one rushing. Scores in a single game.
“He adds a lot to our team,” Rodgers told reporters, when asked about Jones. “He’s an exceptional player. … He’s just a different type of back.”
Rodgers, who posted one of the worst games of his career in Week 1, completed 22 of 27 passes for 255 yards and did not throw an interception. He followed up his 36.8 quarterback rating from Week 1 with a 145.6 rating Monday Night Football.
Jones covered a total of 115 yards from scrimmage on 23 touches, in addition to his four scores. Packers wide receiver Davante Adams recorded eight catches for a game-high of 121 yards.
“We came out and did a great job of responding,” Jones said. “We played well. We played at a high level.”
The Lions used a seven-game, 75-yard drive to take a 7–0 lead on the first possession of the game. Quarterback Jared Goff threw a five-yard pass to Quintez Cephas for the first score.
Rodgers responded with an 11-play, 75-yard drive. He bowled a four-yard touchdown toss to Jones in the first quarter to tie the game with 3:45.
The two teams exchanged punts before the Lions returned to the end zone. Goff connected with tight end TJ Hockenson on an eight-yard touchdown pass for a 14-7 edge.
Rodgers joined Jones for a yard on the next drive. Kicker Austin Seibert scored a 43-yard field goal on the next possession to give the Lions a three-point lead at the break.
The Packers began their scoring boom with an eight-play, 87-yard touchdown drive to start the third quarter. Rodgers hit Robert Tonian with a 22-yard touchdown pass to give the Packers a 21-17 lead.
He found Jones for the third touchdown connection of the two on the Packers next drive. Jones scored a one-yard rushing touchdown 2:18 in the fourth quarter for the final point of the night.
Goff completed 26 of 36 passes for 246 yards, two scores for the Lions and one interception. He also lost a rumble. Hawkenson took eight catches for 66 yards and one score.
Packers linebacker D’Vondre Campbell defended a game-high 13 tackles, an interception and a pass.
Lions coach Dan Campbell told reporters, “There are little things that we have to clean up, but there are also some things that I am encouraged by.”
“I see improvement in areas, but not enough. When you play with a team like this, you can’t make the same mistakes that we made.”
The Packers (1-1) face the San Francisco 49ers in Week 3 at 8:20 p.m. EDT Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The Lions (0-2) host the Baltimore Ravens at Ford Field on Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT. in Detroit.
The Ravens’ Lamar Jackson drives into the end field for the winning touchdown. Photo by David Tullis/WNN |
Ravens fans cheer during the home opening match against the Chiefs. Photo by David Tullis/WNN |
Chiefs wide receiver DeMarcus Robinson scores on a 33-yard pass. Photo by David Tullis/WNN |
Zach Wilson of the New York Jets throws a pass against the New England Patriots on Sunday in East Rutherford, NJ, where the Patriots won 25-6. Photo by John Angelillo/WNN |
Patriots Mc Jones (10) has been sacked by Jets’ Marcus May in the first quarter. Photo by John Angelillo/WNN |
Patriots’ James White operates the football. Photo by John Angelillo/WNN |
Fans stand for the national anthem before the Patriots jets play. Photo by John Angelillo/WNN |
Los Angeles Chargers safety Nasser Ederle (L) broke a pass for Dallas Cowboys Blake Jarvin at Sophie Stadium in Inglewood, California on Sunday, where the Cowboys beat the Chargers 20-17. Photo by John Sohoo/WNN |
Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert is confronted by the Cowboys’ Micah Parson. Photo by John Sohoo/WNN |
Cowboys’ Dak Prescott set his team on fire before the game. Photo by John Sohoo/WNN |
Chris Godwin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled in a touchdown pass under pressure from the Atlanta Falcons Isaiah Oliver on Sunday in Tampa, Fla., where the Buccaneers won 48-25. Photo by Steve Nesius/WNN |
Tom Brady of The Buccaneers passes a touchdown pass to teammate Rob Gronkowski. Photo by Steve Nesius/WNN |
Buccaneers’ Rob Gronkowski catches a pass in the end zone under pressure from the Falcons. Photo by Steve Nesius/WNN |
The Falcons’ Matt Ryan seems to be passing. Photo by Steve Nesius/WNN |
The Cincinnati Bengals’ Ja’Mar chase runs for a fourth-quarter touchdown against the Chicago Bears in Chicago on Sunday, where the Bears won 20-17. Photo by Mark Black/WNN |
David Montgomery of The Bears takes the ball against the Bengals. Photo by Mark Black/WNN |
The Bears’ Justin Fields is looking for an open receiver. Photo by Mark Black/WNN |
Foster Morrow of the Las Vegas Raiders pulls in a 9-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter in Pittsburgh on Sunday, where the Raiders won 26-17. Photo by Archie Carpenter/WNN |
Raiders’ Derek Carr prepares to pass. Photo by Archie Carpenter/WNN |
Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster took a lead of 17 yards as Danzel Perryman missed the tackle. Photo by Archie Carpenter/WNN |
Steelers Hall of Fame star Rocky Blair leads fans in a terrifying towel wave before the start of the game. Photo by Archie Carpenter/WNN |
Denver Broncos’ Javon Williams walks as the Broncos play the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla., where the Broncos won 23-13. Photo by Joe Marino/WNN |
Broncos’ Cortland Sutton reaches for a pass. Photo by Joe Marino/WNN |