First Look: Packers at Lions

The final game of the 2016 regular season – #Game256 – will determine the NFC North winner. And, depending on the results of Sunday’s afternoon games, the loser of this contest could be out of the playoff picture entirely.


REFEREE — Jerome Boger

BROADCAST — NBC (7:30 p.m.): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 225 (GB), 226 (Det). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (GB), 226 (Det).LAST WEEK — W 38-25 vs. Minnesota    L 42-21 at Dallas

LAST GAME — 9/25/16: Lions 27 at Packers 34. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers passed for 205 yards and 4 TDs for 129.3 rating. Packers WR Jordy Nelson had 6 catches for 101 yards and 2 TDs.

LAST GAME AT SITE  —  12/3/15: Packers 27, Lions 23. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers threw a game-winning 61-yard touchdown to TE Richard Rodgers as time expired. Packers WR Davante Adams added a touchdown catch.

COACHES VS. OPP. Mike McCarthy: 17-4 Jim Caldwell: 2-3
PASSING Aaron Rodgers: 374-571-4128-36 (1L)-7-102.7 Matthew Stafford: 362-553-3980-22-9-93.1
RUSHING Ty Montgomery: 69-413-6.0-3 Theo Riddick: 92-357-3.9-1
RECEIVING Jordy Nelson: 91-1191-13.1-14 (1L) Golden Tate: 85-1000-11.8-3
OFFENSE 363.5 334.2
DEFENSE 361.0 348.5
SACKS Nick Perry: 10 Kerry Hyder: 8
INTs Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: 5 (T2L) 4 tied: 2
PUNTING Jacob Schum: 43.8 Sam Martin: 48.4 (2L)
KICKING Mason Crosby: 117 (42/44 PAT; 25/29 FG) Matt Prater: 118 (28/30 PAT; 30/34 FG)

PACKERS: QB Aaaron Rodgers has 1,718 pass yards (286.3 per game) with 14 TDs and zero INTs for 118.8 rating in past six games. In 15 career meetings, has 30 passing TDs vs. six INTs for 108 rating. Has 4,128 passing yards, sixth career 4,000-yard season, most in Green Bay history...RB Ty Montgomery has three rushing TDs in past three…WR Jordy Nelson leads NFL with 14 receiving TDs. Has 30 receptions for 437 yards (109.3 per game) and 5 TDs in past 4. Has 1,191 receiving yards, 3rd career 1,000-yard season. WR Davante Adams has 4 touchdown catches in past 5. TE Richard Rodgers aims for fourth in row vs. Detroit with receiving touchdown…LB Clay Matthews has three sacks, forced fumble and two passes defensed in past four vs. division. LB Julius Peppers has 7.5 sacks, ninth consecutive season with seven-plus sacks. Has three sacks and three forced fumbles in past three at Detroit. LB Nick Perry has five sacks and interception in past three vs. division. S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has two sacks and two INTs in past four on road vs. NFC North.

LIONS: QB Matthew Stafford has 3,980 passing yards and needs 20 yards for sixth consecutive 4,000-yard season. In past seven at home vs. division, has 1,879 passing yards (268.4 per game) with 13 TDs and three INTs for 99.7 rating…RB Zach Zenner had career-high 67 rushing yards and two TDs in Week 16…WR Golden Tate has two TDs in past three games at home vs. Green Bay. Has 85 receptions for 1,000 yards, second career 1,000-yard season. WR Anquan Boldin has 500-plus receiving yards in all 14 NFL seasons. Aims for fourth game in row vs. NFC North with touchdown catch…DE Ezekiel Ansah has three sacks in three career home meetings. DE Kerry Hyder has five sacks in past five vs. division. LB Tahir Whitehead has 125 tackles, first career 100-tackle season. S Glover Quin has 16 INTs since 2013, most among NFC safeties. 

MCCARTHY SAYS: On his team playing on Saturday and the Lions playing on Monday — "I love it today. It was a challenge on the front side of it. Any time you get into those six-day weeks and things like that this late in the season, it’s obviously a pull and I just go off what our own personal experience has been playing 10 straight games, coming out of a Thursday night game against Chicago. That’s a grind. That’s the first time we’ve had to do that. That makes a big difference. We made it through, having the extra day will benefit us, I hope. We’re going to use it, that’s for sure, and really just focus on the mental aspect of it and get ready for the Lions."

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