Packers finish with first losing season since 2008 after Lions loss

Simon Moss
January 1, 2018

Green Bay Packers K Mason Crosby kicks a successful onside kick recovered by S Jermaine Whitehead to begin the Week 17 matchup with the Lions.

Brett Hundley threw 17-yard TD pass and 2-point conversion to Randall Cobb to pull the Packers within 16 early in the fourth period.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw three touchdown passes as Detroit closed out their season with a 35-11 romp over the depleted Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Detroit regained control 35-11 with 7:16 to go on a 7-yard touchdown run by Ameer Abdullah followed by a surprise two-point conversion pass from Tate to Stafford to set the final margin.

Coach Jim Caldwell is expected to coach his last game for Detroit on Sunday, sources said.

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1,000-yard teammates: A 71-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Tate in the third quarter helped push Tate over 1,000 yards for the season (1,003), making he and Marvin Jones Jr. Green Bay (two fumbles and an interception), two of which thwarted Packers scoring opportunities inside Detroit's red zone. Receivers Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams, running back Aaron Jones, guard Jahri Evans and tight end Richard Rodgers were all inactive.

Stafford threw a go-ahead, 54-yard pass to Kenny Golladay.

Hundley was 14 of 24 for 172 yards with two interceptions and a fumble.

Detroit entered the game fourth in the National Football League in takeaways with 28. The Packers finished the season 3-5 on the road. He came into Sunday ranked fourth in the National Football League in passing yards, tied for seventh in passing touchdowns and eighth in quarterback rating. It's the team's first losing record since 2008. CB Davon House had a shoulder injury and Williams was evaluated for a concussion late in the game.

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