After spending 20 years laughing at the rival Minnesota Vikings, for whom missed kicks are a way of life, the Green Bay Packers suffered through some field-goal futility of their own Sunday in Detroit.
It was a disastrous day for Packers kicker Mason Crosby, who missed from 41, 42, 38 and 56 yards, missing an extra-point try in between, during Green Bay's 31-23 loss to the Detroit Lions.
Those kicks weren't the Packers' only stumbles, however.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers fumbled twice, while an early Lions punt hit cornerback Kevin King and set up a Detroit touchdown.
The Packers, already shorthanded with receivers Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison nursing injuries, didn't have enough left to overcome those mistakes despite a 400-yard performance from Rodgers.
Read on for our notes and observations from Week 5. (Story | Photos):
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PLAYER OF THE GAME
How many teams are dead and buried down 24-0? Not Aaron Rodgers teams, that's for sure. While he didn't play a perfect game, he gave Detroit reason to worry, throwing for 442 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
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DON'T FORGET ABOUT ME
Rookie receiver Marquez Valdes-Scandling stepped up with Cobb and Allison out, racking up a career-high seven catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. He set up another Packers score in the third quarter, taking a 12-yard pass from Rodgers to the 1-yard line.
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Err, moments. It was a disastrous day all around for Crosby, who missed four field-goal attempts (the first time that's happened in the NFL since 2010) and an extra-point try, leaving a whopping 13 points on the board. He connected on a 41-yard field goal in the game's closing moments to regain a little of his mojo, but it was an alarming performance from the 34-year-old.
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The number most emblematic of the Packers' struggles in Detroit? They racked up a whopping 30 first downs, the fourth time since 1990 that they've had 30 or more. It was the first such game the Packers have lost over that span. The Lions managed 18.
THEY SAID IT
"I don't usually get this much attention unless I've done something really good or really bad. This one is unfortunately really bad." -- Crosby
"Mason and I have played together for a long time, and I strongly believe he's one of the greatest kickers of all time. He and Robbie Gould have mastered kicking in the elements. He had a bad day today, but we still believe in him 100 percent." -- Rodgers
"We just couldn't overcome all the things we did wrong. We did some good things in the second half, but you can't dig yourself that kind of hole." -- Packers coach Mike McCarthy
"This hurts a bunch. I left a bunch of points on the field for this team, and I'm disappointed. This was something I've never been a part of before and I hope to never be a part of it again." -- Crosby
Green Bay plays on Monday night, hosting San Francisco, which is 1-4 and coming off a loss to Arizona. The 49ers have been decimated by injuries, losing running back Jerick McKinnon before the season even started. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL in Week 3. McKinnon's backup, Matt Breida, is banged up and his status for Monday's game is up in the air. Quarterback C.J. Beathard has thrown for 298 and 349 yards in his two starts. Meanwhile, San Francisco's defense has allowed 24, 27, 38, 29 and 28 points in its five games.
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