Jordan Love and the Green Bay Packers defeated the Detroit Lions, their division foe, on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday afternoon, bringing their record to 5-6 on the 2023–24 NFL season. Though few predicted the Packers to win against a redesigned Lions team that leads the division by a wide margin.
Love turned in maybe his best performance of the year (and his career) to lead the team to a 29–22 triumph in the end.
Love and the Packers arrived in Detroit on Thursday and got right to work. Indeed, Love’s 53-yard bomb to wide receiver Christian Watson on the opening play of the game put the Packers deep in Lions territory right away.
They would proceed to score a few plays later. Still, despite that play’s success, head coach Matt LaFleur was very hesitant on whether his team should go for the home run shot that early in the game.
“As a matter of fact, I almost changed the first play call. I was mulling it over quite a bit,” said LaFleur, per Mike Spofford of packers.com. “I texted Jordan this morning and told him I was going to change it to something else, and he said he wanted this call.
“So I told Christian right before the game, hey, there’s a good chance this play is going to go to you. Just go up and attack the football, and he did exactly that.”
With the victory, the Packers now sit at 5-6, still very much in the hunt for a spot in the crowded NFC playoff race.