Panthers beat Lions by 24 points at home.
The Panthers led 20-7 entering the fourth quarter, but Detroit scored two touchdowns to pull within 14-13 with 1:27 left.
With the Lions down 21-10, Carolina coach Ron Rivera was asked about the way his team handled the Lions’ second-quarter surge.
“You just have to be ready to play,” he said.
“I was able to see how I was able with our personnel and our team.”
Detroit, led by linebacker DeAndre Levy, made several key plays to take the lead.
After linebacker Deandre Washington ran a crossing route down the right sideline, linebacker Brian Orakpo took the pass and raced in the end zone.
Washington caught the pass, beat Detroit defender Ryan Smith, and raced for a touchdown.
“We knew we had to do a better job of getting out there, but at the same time, the defense did a good job of holding them to one touchdown,” Levy said.
Detroit defensive end Ezekiel Ansah was the lone bright spot for the Lions.
The Lions were 0 for 11 on third downs and only managed one first down.
“Our defense played very well.
They held us to zero first downs,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said.
He said his team was also in a good position because it has an extra pass rusher who “doesn’t like to make tackles.”
Stafford threw for a season-high 324 yards and a touchdown in the fourth and OT.
He also rushed for 113 yards and one touchdown.
The Packers scored their first touchdown of the game on their first possession.
It came on a 10-yard run by Rodgers, who hit Dez Bryant for a 13-yard score.
The game-winner came after a long pass rush by Packers defensive end Jason Jones.
After Bryant’s score, Rodgers added a 23-yard TD pass to Randall Cobb.
Rodgers was 3 of 4 for 39 yards in the first quarter.
Detroit went 1 for 11 from the field.
Rodgers had a game-high eight completions for 81 yards, while Jones had six catches for 70 yards.
It was his seventh 100-yard game of the season.
The Bears scored their third TD of the half, a 3-yarder by tight end Kyle Rudolph, and then ran out the clock with 3:05 left.
The next time the Lions got a field goal, they scored their only touchdown of a 31-27 loss to the Bears on Oct. 4.
“It was a very bad game for us, not because of the defense but just because we didn’t play the right way,” Lions quarterback Matt Ryan said.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy didn’t offer much of a timetable for Rodgers’ return.
“He’s a tough guy.
He’s a competitive guy,” McCarthy said.
Ryan was 9 of 16 for 139 yards and three TDs for the Packers, who have been without injured running back James Starks since injuring his hamstring late in the third quarter of a loss to Washington on Oct