The Detroit Lions lost Barry Sanders to retirement, then lost wide receiver Herman Moore to injury early in their first game, yet they keep finding ways to win.
A 91-yard kickoff return by Terry Fair and the heady play of quarterback Charlie Batch brought Detroit back for a 23-15 victory over the Green Bay Packers today, keeping the surprising Lions unbeaten after two games.
"We weren't going to stop playing just because Barry isn't here," Batch said. "We are doing exactly what I expected us to do. We are winning football games."
It was the sixth loss in the last seven trips to the Silverdome for the Packers (1-1), who bolted ahead 15-14 with 12 minutes 55 seconds left in the fourth. But the Lions came up with some fireworks of their own.
Fair returned the kickoff to the 8, and three plays later, Batch made a nice fake and took it in on a bootleg to put Detroit back in front, 20-15, with 10:57 remaining.
"That just took everything out of them," Batch said. "They were back in the game, but when we only have to go 10 yards, that doesn't give their defense a chance."
Jason Hanson's 48-yard field goal, capping a 63-yard, 10-play drive, made it 23-15 with 2:46 left.
That seemed like plenty of time for Favre, who brought the Packers back in the final 1:51 for a victory over Oakland in their opener. But on fourth and two from the Detroit 27, his pass intended for Antonio Freeman was swatted away by Robert Bailey, and the Lions killed the final 1:02.