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Detroit Lions overwhelm Packers to claim rare Thanksgiving win

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The Detroit Lions claimed their first Thanksgiving day win in 10 years with a convincing performance against the Green Bay Packers. 

In all, the Lions scored 37 points without response after falling behind in the 2nd quarter to secure a 10-40 win.

A tight opening at Ford Field saw the the first quarter end pointless but it wouldn't be long before the Lions roared their way to a much needed win that improves their record to 7-5 and keeps them top of the NFC North.

In all, quarterback Matthew Stafford threw three touchdown passes to help his side bounce back from two-straight defeats on Thanksgiving.

Morgan Burnett pounced to return a fumble to put the Packers 10-2 up in the 2nd quarter but from then on it was all about the home side, who started their comeback when Jeremy Ross crossed the line from a five-yard Stafford pass with 4.33 remaining before half-time.

Soon after play resumed, Calvin Johnson extended his side's lead to 10-24 after a 20-yard Johnson pass.

The Lions put their foot on the gas in the 4th quarter with touchdowns from Joique Bell and Kevin Ogletree.

The game ended on a fitting note as the Packers, trying to regain a little respect with time running out, drove forward only for Flynn to fumble.

Overall the Lions gained 561 yards and conceded just 126, while Flynn completed just 10 of his 20 attempted passes.

The defeat consigns the Packers to a 5th straight game without a win - their worst run since 2008. Their record now stands at 5-6, with the Atlanta Falcons to come on Sunday.

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