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Randall Cobb Out But Packers Clinch Playoff Spot

Detroit will have cornerback Darius Slay but will be down two of its starting offensive linemen for the NFC North championship game.

DETROIT – The Green Bay Packers won't have Randall Cobb for Sunday's NFC North championship game against the Detroit Lions.

They'll hope to get him back for next week's playoffs, though.

Thanks to the New York Giants' 19-10 victory over the Washington Redskins, both the Packers and Lions qualified for the playoffs a little more than an hour before Sunday night's kickoff. With Washington trailing 13-10, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins threw an interception, which was greeted by cheers by the few thousand fans that had entered Ford Field.

The Packers-Lions winner will be the No. 4 seed and host the No. 5 Giants next weekend; the loser will be the No. 6 seed and play at No. 3 Seattle. Dallas is the top seed and Atlanta the second seed and have first-round byes.

As for Cobb, he sustained an injured ankle during the Week 14 game against Seattle. Cobb didn’t catch a pass the following week at Chicago, then was inactive for last week’s home victory over Minnesota. Cobb did not practice this week. His regular season will conclude with 60 receptions for 610 yards and four touchdowns.

With Jordy Nelson taking Cobb’s spot in the slot last week against Minnesota, rookie Geronimo Allison stepped in and had four catches for 66 yards last week.

The Lions will have standout cornerback Darius Slay but will be without two of their starting offensive linemen. Center Travis Swanson remains sidelined with a concussion. Veteran right tackle Riley Reiff, who was added to the injury report on Saturday with an injured hip, is the other inactive. Rookie Graham Glasgow has been starting for Swanson. Third-year player Cornelius Lucas is listed as the backup right tackle.

Slay's return to the lineup is key for the Lions. In two matchups vs. Detroit in 2015, Slay was not targeted, according to data provided courtesy of Pro Football Focus. When the Packers beat the Lions at Lambeau Field in Week 3, Slay was targeted five times and gave up three catches for 31 yards and one touchdown.

The Packers’ other inactives are quarterback Joe Callahan, cornerback Josh Hawkins, running back James Starks (concussion), offensive tackle Kyle Murphy, center J.C. Tretter and outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott.

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