Stafford leads Lions past depleted Packers

Dec 24 2017 Cincinnati OH USA Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell stands on the sidelines against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Stafford passed for 361 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' 30-17 win at Green Bay on November 7. There is heavy speculation that this will be Jim Caldwell's final game as Detroit's head coach, and that General Manager Bob Quinn will fire him regardless of the result.

The Detroit Lions will close their 2017 schedule with a final game at Ford Field against the Green Bay Packers.

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.

Along with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was placed on injured reserve prior to last week's shutout loss to Minnesota, Green Bay played without a large chunk of its top offensive players. Golden Tate caught seven passes for 104 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown reception.

After an incomplete from Jeff Janis, the Packers settle for the 41-yard field goal.

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Later, the Lions make a field goal and the game is tied at 3 at the end of the first quarter.

The Lions (9-6) still have a very slim chance of reaching the playoffs, but they need to defeat the Packers and get some - actually a lot of - help.

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

Then, with 3:02 to go in the half, a Detroit punt bounced off a Packer player and the Lions recovered at the 14-yard line.

Detroit entered the game fourth in the National Football League in takeaways with 28. Packers are up 3-0. (1,101) the first pair of Lions teammates since Tate and Calvin Johnson in 2014 to both record 1,000-yards receiving in the same season. CB Davon House had a shoulder injury and Williams was evaluated for a concussion late in the game.

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