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Rodgers and Packers lose 20-16 to Lions and miss playoffs

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin. – Aaron Rodgers was intercepted by Kirby Joseph on what could have been his last game as the Green Bay Packers lost 20-16 to the Detroit Lions on Sunday night and missed the playoffs.

After winning four games in a row and getting a lot of help from other teams, the Packers were in control of their postseason fortunes as they approached the final game of the NFL regular season. But they lost to the Lions, who were eliminated from the playoffs earlier Sunday when The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Los Angeles Rams 19–16 in overtime..

Instead, Seattle (9-8) finished last in the NFC playoffs and will play San Francisco (13-4) in the first round. The Packers (8-9) missed the playoffs for the first time in Matt Lafleur’s four seasons as coach.

Rodgers went 17 of 27 for 205 yards with one touchdown in what could be the last appearance at Lambo Field for a four-time MVP. Although he is under contract for next season, Rodgers, 39, said he did not know if he would continue to play.

During the game, Rodgers became the eighth NFL player to retire at least 5,000 times.

Jamaal Williams’ second touchdown of the night for 1 yard against his former team gave the Lions a 9–8 lead with 5:55 remaining. Williams had 17 touchdowns to break the Lions’ single-season record set by Barry Sanders in 1991.

Green Bay only got to their own 33 points in the next series before Joseph converted a deep shot from Rodgers in third and tenth place with 3.5 minutes left.

Detroit held the ball until the end of the game. Facing a fourth and 1 from Green Bay 15, the Lions gave up on a field goal attempt and first hit Jared Goff with a 9-yard pass to DJ Chark. Goff also connected with Chark for a first down on fourth and second during the Lions’ good drive.

In trying to extend the season, the Packers often lost their temper.

Linebacker Quay Walker was ejected during a Lions brawl after pushing a Lions employee who was treating an injured Detroit player. It was the second suspension of the season for a rookie selected in the first round.

Detroit’s Michael Badgley scored a field goal to end the first half after a personal foul on Green Bay’s Rusoul Douglas turned the try from 48 yards to 33 yards.

Green Bay led 9-6 after the first half, which included five field goals and many missed chances. Then, with the Packers in possession for the first time in the second half, Mason Crosby hit the bar on a 53-yard field goal and bounced back.

The Lions took over and took the lead for the first time in the game. Goff passed 43 yards to Khalif Raymond to set up Williams’ TD from 1 yard.

The Packers responded with their next series. Rodgers connected with Christian Watson for a 45-yard completion that secured his 13-yard touchdown pass to Allen Lazard.

In the Packers’ last series, Rodgers hit two underhanded balls before Joseph intercepted him for the third time this season. Joseph had two of the Lions’ three picks in a 15-9 win on November 6 and had another potential interception on Sunday that was voided by a penalty.

Crosby hit 22, 48, and 49 yard field goals in the first half.

INJURIES

The Lions played without defenseman Jeff Okuda (elbow) and defenseman Michael Brockers (ankle). Packers CB/KR Keisan Nixon retired in the fourth quarter with a concussion.

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