Week 17: Lions at Packers

We take our final look at Sunday's NFC North-deciding showdown between the Packers and Lions at Lambeau Field, with notes, story lines and stats.

DETROIT (11-4) at GREEN BAY (11-4)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE: Packers by 7 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD: Detroit 7-8, Green Bay 7-7-1

SERIES RECORD: Green Bay leads 96-67-7

LAST MEETING: Lions beat Packers 19-7, Sept. 21, 2014

LAST WEEK: Lions beat Bears 20-14; Packers beat Buccaneers 20-3

AP PRO32 RANKING: Lions No. 6, Packers No. 3

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES : Both teams guaranteed playoff berth. Winner claims NFC North and first-round bye in postseason, loser gets in as wild card. ... Lions have lost 23 straight in Wisconsin to Packers, including 1994 wild-card game. Detroit last beat Green Bay on road on Dec. 15, 1991, a 21-17 victory in which Barry Sanders ran for 85 yards and Robert Clark caught two touchdown passes from Erik Kramer. ... Lions' defense scored nine of team's 19 points in last meeting at Ford Field, getting fumble return for touchdown from S Dom Carey, and safety from LB DeAndre Levy. ... Lions have reached 11 wins for first time since 1991. ... 11 wins tied Jim Caldwell with Potsy Clark in 1931 for most wins by first-year Detroit coach. ... RB Joique Bell has career highs with 210 carries and 800 yards rushing. ... WR Calvin Johnson needs two touchdowns for 75 in career, joining Sanders (109) as only Lions with 75 or more in career. ... WRGolden Tate leads league with 524 third-down receiving yards, and leads NFL receivers with 704 yards after catch. ... DT Ndamukong Suh's 8 1/2 sacks are his most since getting 10 in rookie year in 2010. ... Packers' 23 -game win streak in series in Wisconsin spans eight Detroit head coaches, starting with Wayne Fontes in 1992.... Packers 7-0 at Lambeau Field this season, joining Denver and New England as only unbeaten teams at home. ... Green Bay outscoring opponents 86-7 in first quarter of last six home games. ... QB Aaron Rodgers leads league with 132.6 passer rating at home. ... Eddie Lacy has 2,217 yards rushing in first two years of career, passing John Brockington for most by Packers running back in his first two seasons. ... WR Jordy Nelson tied with Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown with nine touchdowns at home this year. ...LB Clay Matthews has 8 1/2 sacks in last eight games. ... Packers' defense allowed 106 yards of total offense last week to Tampa Bay, fewest yielded by team since 104 to Minnesota on Dec. 21, 2006.

Sunday’s High-Five

AARON'S HEALTH: The Packers practiced Tuesday, a typical day off, to get Christmas off on Thursday. Rodgers was hoping the late-week rest would help him get over a sore left calf that he strained last week against Tampa, not to mention a lingering head cold.

Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in the league in extending plays, and his mobility could come in handy, especially against Detroit's smothering defense. Both Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy were confident the Pro Bowl quarterback would be able to run the full game plan against Detroit.

PICKY LIONS: Rodgers has been especially successful at Lambeau, where he has thrown 396 times and 34 straight touchdown passes without an interception — both NFL records. Rodgers' last interception at Lambeau came Dec. 2, 2012.

An improved Detroit secondary features safety Glover Quin, who leads the league with seven picks. Fellow safety James Ihedigbo has four interceptions, and the Lions have had 12 straight games with a pick.

One impressive streak is going to end.

SITTING OUT: Lions center Dominic Raiola lost his appeal of a one-game suspension for stepping on Chicago Bears defensive tackle Ego Ferguson last week, meaning he'll have to sit out Sunday's game.

Rookie Travis Swanson is next on the depth chart at center. He might be matched up against defensive lineman Mike Daniels, one of the keys to the Packers' improved play of late against the rush.

RUNNING MEN: Welcome back, Reggie Bush. The veteran, who has been slowed by injuries this season, had seven carries for 54 yards and a touchdown last week against the Bears, while also catching six passes for 44 yards.

The Packers' running game has improved in the second half of the season following a sluggish start, which included a 76-yard outing in the Week 3 loss at Detroit. Eddie Lacy, who is over the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season, and James Starks will have to earn yards against the Lions' stout run defense.

CLAY-MAKER: Packers linebacker Clay Matthews is on a pass-rushing roll with 5 1/2 sacks in his last three games to get to 10 on the season.

"The one thing you look for more important than the sacks is the pressure that's being generated, and I felt myself around the quarterback a lot these last several games," Matthews said.

Green Bay has 10 sacks overall in its last two games.

Turnover Margin (+15)1 1
Points Scored (30.4)1 2
Points Allowed (21.9)5 12
Total Offense (386.7)3 6
Rushing (117.7)6 11
Passing (269.1)4 7
Total Defense (348.6)5 12
vs. Rush (120.5)13 22
vs. Pass (228.1)5 10
Third-Down Offense (46.2%)3 4
Third-Down Defense (40.5%)7 17
Red-Zone Offense (56.7%)7 11
Red-Zone Defense (54.4%)6 16
Category NFC NFL
Passing: Rodgers (111.0)2 2
Rushing: Lacy (1,039)4 7
Receptions: Nelson (92)4 7t
Rec. Yds.: Nelson (1,433)2 4
Interceptions: Hayward/Williams (3)12t 21t
Sacks: Matthews (10.0)6t 13t

Turnover Margin (+6)5 9
Points Scored (20.1)12 23
Points Allowed (16.8)2 2
Total Offense (342.6)10 18
Rushing (87.4)14 27
Passing (255.2)6 11
Total Defense (295.9)2 2
vs. Rush (63.8)1 1
vs. Pass (232.1)6 13
Third-Down Offense (38.7%)11 20
Third-Down Defense (35.6%)2 4
Red-Zone Offense (51.1%)10 20t
Red-Zone Defense (51.1%)4 11
Passing: Stafford (85.4)10 20
Rushing: Bell (800)10 16
Receptions: Tate (96)2 4
Rec. Yds.: Tate (1,286)3 7
Interceptions: Quin (7)1 1
Sacks: Suh (8.5)10t 21t

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