Breaking down Aaron Jones’ historic performance vs. Lions

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Jones runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones became the NFL’s first player to gain at least 150 rushing yards and 200 total yards during the 2020 season when he rushed for a career-best 168 yards and totaled 236 yards during a blowout win over the Detroit Lions in Week 2.

Only two players in Packers history have ever gained more total yards in a game. Neither was a running back, and none have done it since 1960.

The 236 total yards were the most by an NFL player since Saquon Barkley had 279 in a December game last season.

Let’s go inside Jones’ incredible performance, highlighting a few notable plays and observations:

Jones chipped away at the Lions run defense in the first half, gaining at least 4 yards on six of his first eight carries, including a 12-yard run on the Packers’ first play from scrimmage. Marcedes Lewis told Jones to stick with it because the “big one” was coming. The veteran tight end was exactly right.

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