DETROIT -- The Detroit Lions already know that Jason Hanson is a great field-goal kicker.
Now they need to get him more point-after attempts.
As bad as the Lions' defense looked in the last few minutes of Sunday's 24-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers, the offense could have helped them out by scoring more when they had the chance.
Their first opportunity came in the first quarter, when quarterback Matthew Stafford threw to Calvin Johnson for 53 yards, giving the Lions a first down at the Packers' 18. An illegal-use-of-hands penalty on the Packers put the Lions at the Green Bay 9-yard line.
Unfortunately for the Lions, as has happened far too many times, they had to settle for a 30-yard field goal by Hanson.
In the fourth quarter, after Packers kicker Mason Crosby missed his second field-goal attempt of the day, the Lions were still leading, 17-14, and got two more big plays.
First, Stafford found rookie Ryan Broyles for a 27-yard gain to the Green Bay 36-yard line. Two plays ...