The Green Bay Packers held future of their fingers, as a win would clinch the seventh, and last, NFC playoff seed.
But the Detroit Lions, regardless of being eradicated from playoff competition with the Seattle Seahawks defeating the Los Angeles Rams earlier Sunday, performed spoiler.
The Lions defeated the Packers at Lambeau Field, 20-16, behind Jamaal Williams’ two dashing touchdowns within the second half. With the upset, the Seahawks are actually the ultimate playoff group within the NFC.
Williams’ second landing was the decisive one, as a 13-play Detroit drive that killed eight minutes of clock within the fourth quarter, gave the Lions the lead.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense had an opportunity to take the lead as soon as extra, however the Lions’ protection was simply an excessive amount of.
On the sixth play of the drive, the Lions despatched the kitchen sink on the Packers’ offensive line and Rodgers heaved on downfield amidst the stress. While the move was meant for Christian Watson, it was Lions security Kerby Joseph, which he returned to the Packers’ 45-yard line and the Lambeau crowd went hush.
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There was nonetheless 3:27 left on the clock when Jared Goff took the Lions’ offense again on the sphere, realizing they wanted to run down some clock to safe the victory. And Goff bought the job executed, discovering Amon-Ra St. Brown for 11 yards to start out the drive, then Williams rushed for 9 extra yards to land on Green Bay’s 25.
Slowly however absolutely, the Lions discovered themselves in a 4th-and-1 scenario with 1:14 left to play. Instead of kicking a subject aim, head coach Dan Campbell elected to win the sport on the subsequent play – a primary down iced it.
Instead of going to trusty Williams for the one yard, the Lions went hurry-up and Goff threw a strike to D.J. Chark for 9 yards. Game over.
It was a shock to see the Packers lose in a must-win situation with Rodgers underneath middle at house. After the sport, Rodgers was a bit sluggish to stroll off the sphere, and it’ll absolutely add extra gasoline to the hypothesis and rumors that Rodgers may wish to depart Green Bay.
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He completed the sport with 205 yards on 17 of 27 with one landing and one interception. The rookie Watson was his high goal, hauling in 5 receptions for 104 yards.
For the Lions, Williams completed with 72 dashing yards on 16 carries, whereas Goff went 23 of 34 for 224 yards.
D’Andre Swift additionally had some essential touches, selecting up first downs within the receiving sport with seven catches for 61 yards, whereas dashing for 25 yards as nicely.
Neither of those groups could have any soccer left this season. The Seahawks, actually rejoicing out west, will tackle the San Francisco 49ers this upcoming wild card weekend.