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Big cheers for quarterback Jared Goff. © APA / REY DEL RIO

Pircher team celebrates third win of the season

The Detroit Lions around South Tyrolean Maximilian Pircher achieved their third win in the fourth game in the NFL and increased expectations of a good season.

The Lions won 34:20 against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday evening (local time) and took the lead in the NFC North. Man of the game was David Montgomery with three touchdowns as a running back. Pircher was not used again.

“We had a really good first half, we made it difficult for them. They came back a little bit, but I'm proud of how we overcame that resistance," said strong Lions defender Aiden Hutchinson. “I grew up with Aaron Rodgers kicking our butts. He’s no longer in the division, but it’s good to be on the winning side.”

Lions playoff contenders

After years of dominance by the Packers in the division, the Lions strengthened their claim to qualify for the playoffs this season as winners of the NFC North. The Packers now have two wins and two defeats, their other competitors the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears have lost their first three games of the season and are already well behind.

Jordan Love couldn't prevent the Packers from losing. © APA / STACY REVERE

The game started very badly for the guests from Detroit. Quarterback Jared Goff threw a bad pass on the first attack, the Packers turned the opportunity into a field goal and took a 3-0 lead. But then the Lions, who many experts rated as strong even before the start of the season, took control. Amon-Ra St. Brown gave his team the lead and the score was 27:3 before the break. Two touchdowns from the Packers, who are playing their first season since the departure of Aaron Rodgers and are now relying on Jordan Love as a playmaker, reduced the deficit to ten points. Montgomery's third touchdown in the final quarter was the preliminary decision.


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