Green Bay Packers miss out on NFL playoff spot after 20-16 loss to Detroit PIstons as Seattle Seahawks clinch wild card spot | NFL News

Green Bay Packers miss out on NFL playoff spot after 20-16 loss to Detroit PIstons as Seattle Seahawks clinch wild card spot | NFL News


The Green Bay Packers lost 20-16 to the Detroit Lions in a game in which victory would have secured them a post-season berth; the result meant that the Seattle Seahawks claimed the final NFC spot in the playoffs after earlier beating the Los Angeles Rams 19-16 in overtime

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Highlights of the Detroit Lions’ clash with the Green Bay Packers in Week 18 of the NFL

Highlights of the Detroit Lions’ clash with the Green Bay Packers in Week 18 of the NFL

Aaron Rodgers threw a late interception as the Green Bay Packers lost 20-16 to the Detroit Lions on Sunday night to fall short of the playoffs.

Story of the Game

After winning four straight games and receiving plenty of help from other teams, the Packers (8-9) had control of their postseason fate heading into the final game of the NFL regular season. But they fell short against the Lions (9-8), who had been eliminated from the playoffs earlier Sunday when the Seattle Seahawks (9-8) beat the Los Angeles Rams 19-16 in overtime.

Seattle instead earned the NFC’s final playoff spot and will play at San Francisco (13-4) in the opening round. The Packers missed the playoffs for the first time in Matt LaFleur’s four seasons as coach.

Jamaal Williams, a former Packer, scored both Lions touchdowns and rushed for 72 yards, while Jared Goff passed for 224 yards and Kalif Raymond caught four passes for 66 yards.

Rodgers passed for 205 yards with one touchdown but was intercepted on Green Bay’s final drive. Christian Watson caught five passes for 104 yards for the Packers.

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The first half featured five field goals and ended with Green Bay clinging to a 9-6 lead.

Aided by a pass interference penalty, the Packers scored on their first possession as Mason Crosby kicked a 22-yard field goal.

Green Bay went for it on fourth down in its own territory midway through the first quarter, but Allen Lazard was dropped for a loss. The Lions then settled for a 37-yard Michael Badgley field goal on their next drive.

Crosby made a 49-yard try late in the quarter and a 48-yarder early in the second to make it 9-3.

Badgley missed from 46 yards out with 6:16 left in the first half. He knocked through a 33-yard attempt on the last play of the half after the Packers were whistled for a personal foul.

Crosby had a 53-yard try bang off the crossbar and back toward the field of play early in the second half.

Detroit needed just three plays after the miss to score the game’s first touchdown. A 43-yard pass from Goff to Raymond set up Williams’ 1-yard run, giving Detroit a 13-9 lead.

A 45-yard pass to Watson set up Rodgers’ 13-yard scoring strike to Lazard later in the quarter.

Detroit moved ahead once again on Williams’ second 1-yard scoring run with 5:55 remaining. That completed a 13-play, 75-yard drive.

Kerby Joseph intercepted Rodgers on Green Bay’s final possession. The Lions then ran out the clock by picking up three first downs.

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