Game Changing Play of the Week: Chandon Sullivan's Pick Six Gutted Detroit's Offense

Chandon Sullivan's 3rd quarter pick six of Matthew Stafford put the Lions in a hole they couldn't climb out of. 

The Green Bay Packers have started out the season on a high note with two consecutive wins against NFC North opponents which ties them with Chicago for the division lead.

The Packer offense has been tearing it up so far with back to back 40-point performances. But on Sunday the crucial play came, unexpectedly, on the defensive side of the ball.

The Lions had the ball down by ten points ready to try to bring the game within one possession when two of Mike Pettine's young defenders both played their positions perfectly to give Green Bay a sizeable lead.

The Play

This spectacular play on the ball made by Chandon Sullivan was spurred by Rashan Gary who disrupted Matthew Stafford's vision when he came free off the edge. Sullivan read it perfectly and saw it coming a mile away. We saw him make a herculean effort on an interception last season as well off of Dak Prescott in which he had to jump and reach up with both hands while falling backwards in coverage. 

Sullivan has been an absolute gem of a pickup by Packers GM Brian Gutekunst after the Georgia State product bounced between the Eagles' active roster and practice squad throughout his rookie year before being waived.

Pettine seems to love slotting Sullivan into the third CB spot behind Jaire Alexander and Kevin King as his snap count has steadily rose since joining Green Bay. He fits it perfectly too with his quick-twitch reaction ability seen on Sunday and his knack for being able to go up in the air and make great plays on the ball.

The Impact

Just before the end of the first half, we saw the Lions make several costly mistakes including penalties and poor clock management which allowed Green Bay to get an extra one-minute drive in as a Mason Crosby FG put the team up by three with the Packers getting the ball to start the second half.

From there, we saw Aaron Jones do his magic with a dazzling 75-yard TD run to extend the Packers' lead to ten; A nice lead, but not enough to put a team away by any means. If the Lions march down the field to score, like they seemed to do pretty easily in the first half, it becomes a one possession game with momentum in Detroit's favor while also in a fan-less Lambeau Field. 

Sullivan's pick then came after punts from each team, and with how on-point the Packer offense was all afternoon, there was no way Detroit could climb out of a 17-point hole. Particularly because of how aggressive the Packers' rush defense was in the 2nd half thanks to Rashan Gary who tallied a pair of sacks on the day. He also currently leads the team in QB hits with four.

After the pick-six, Detroit's offense sputtered as they finished with just over 300 total yards on offense as the Packers completely took over the time of possession battle that the Lions were winning going into halftime.

 

 

Ryne Ryskoski is a staff writer for Cheesehead TV who attends Texas A&M University where he is majoring in journalism in hopes to one day write for a pro sports team. He can be contacted directly through twitter @rusty_ryskoski_.

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September 22, 2020 at 12:44 am

When amendola had that first catch against sullivan i was bitching and crying..." Where the eff is tramon.. Why did gutey think sullivan could replace him?" But after this play and then another nice pass defensed later on i realized why im not the gm. Not to mention amendola didnt do shit the rest of the day.

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