“(It’s definitely) frustrating. We feel like we outplayed them,” running back Aaron Jones said. “We moved the ball well but didn’t finish in the red zone when we needed to finish. That’s how you score touchdowns, in the red zone and get some points. We didn’t do that. We have to be better in that area.”
The Packers only punted once in the game, converting 6-of-8 third downs in the first half and finishing with 389 total yards to Detroit’s 254. Green Bay won time of possession, 34:42 to 25:18.
However, the Lions beat the Packers in the three areas where it mattered most: takeaways (3-1), red-zone efficiency (2-for-3) and goal-to-go situations (2-for-2).
What’s more, Green Bay went 1-of-4 on fourth-down tries, including Rodgers’ incomplete pass to Sammy Watkins on fourth-and-10 at the Detroit 17 that ended the game.
“Can’t keep continuing to beat ourselves,” tight end Marcedes Lewis said. “We had a handful of opportunities to win the game, a handful of plays that we should’ve made – routine plays – so it’s all we can do is get back to work and keep a growth mindset about it.
“It’s one of those things if you come out and you execute to the best of your ability as a team and you just fall short because the other team made more plays, you can live with that, right? But if you come out and you leave points on the field and the opportunity is squandered, what else can you say about that?”
Jones, who finished with 25 yards on nine carries before leaving with an ankle injury, acknowledged afterwards that this is “very uncharted” territory for a Packers team that hadn’t lost back-to-back regular-games under Head Coach Matt LaFleur until this season.