The Detroit Lions signed Crezdon Butler off of their practice squad Saturday and immediately put the 2006 Asheville High alum to work.
Butler broke up a two-point conversion late in the second half of Sunday’s 18-16 win at Green Bay.
The Lions held Aaron Rodgers and the vaunted Green Bay Packers offense in check most of the game and Crezdon Butler, who signed off the street Saturday as an injury replacement for Rashean Mathis, broke up the potential game-tying two-point conversion as the Lions won at Lambeau Field, 18-16, for the first time since Dec. 15, 1991.
The Lions had lost an NFL-record 24 straight road games to the Packers, including a playoff loss in 1994 and a Week 17 defeat last year that cost them the NFC North title.
Interim general manager Sheldon White, who took over after Martin Mayhew was fired last week, was a player for the Lions the last time they won in the state of Wisconsin, and several Lions including Eric Ebron and Ameer Abdullah weren’t even born yet.
The Lions, who entered the game an NFL-worst 1-7, needed Butler’s late-game heroics and more to win after Matt Prater missed two extra points, including one after a Lance Moore touchdown with 1:57 to play.
Rodgers, who finished 35 of 61 passing for 333 yards, drove the Packers 73 yards in eight plays after Matthew Stafford hit Moore for a 4-yard touchdown with 1:57 to play.
Justin Perillo caught the 11-yard touchdown pass to pull cut the Lions’ lead to 18-16, but Butler, who had come into the game two plays earlier after Josh Wilson suffered a right leg injury, stripped the two-point pass out of Davante Adams’ hands in the end zone.
Butler signed a futures deal with Detroit in January but was cut before the season began.
Butler, 28, led the Cougars to a 15-0 record and the 2005 NCHSAA 3-A championship as a senior. The quarterback/defensive back was named the 2005 Citizen-Times All-WNC Player of the Year.
He played college football at Clemson and has been in the NFL since 2010. Butler has previously played for Arizona, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington. He has 21 career tackles.