As has been the case in most of Detroit's games over the past two years, they were thoroughly dominated after catching a break by recovering a fumble on the opening kickoff and converting it into an early touchdown to take a 7-0 lead. From that point on, however, it was all Packers.
With the win, Green Bay improves to 7-4, which, for the time being, has them at the top spot among wild card teams. The Giants and Eagles each sit at 6-4. The Giants play later tonight against the Broncos (6-4), while the Eagles play Sunday at home against Washington (3-7).
With a sweep over Green Bay, the Packers still don't pose much of a threat to the Vikings in the NFC North – the Vikings entered play this week with a three-game leading over the Packers with the tie-breaker advantage, which effectively gives them a four-game lead. But the Packers wild card hopes remain very much alive.
It won't come easy for the Packers down the stretch. They play host to the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Dec. 7. After that, three of their final four games will be on the road in difficult venues – at Chicago, Pittsburgh and Arizona.
The Packers have won three straight since suffering a stunning loss at Tampa Bay Nov. 8 – a defeat that may come back to haunt them. Since then, they delivered a blow to the Cowboys with a 17-7 win and all but eliminated the 49ers from postseason consideration with a 30-24 win last Sunday.
When the Vikings left Lambeau Field victorious Nov. 1, they all but eliminated the Packers from any hope of winning the division title. But Packers fans are far from going away, as Green Bay has found its way back into the thick of the wild card discussion.
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