Kings of the North! Packers beat Lions 31-24 to clinch division crown
DETROIT (WSAW) - Green Bay’s methodical second-half led the Packers to a 31-24 win. With the Minnesota Vikings’ loss, Green Bay clinches the NFC North crown.
The Lions opened up the scoring on the first drive of the game. Matthew Stafford marched Detroit 75-yards down the field. The drive was capped by Stafford hitting T.J. Hockenson for a one-yard touchdown.
The Packers would quickly answer. Aaron Rodgers would work with his favorite receiver, Davante Adams. Adams reeled in the rock and scampered 56-yards for the TD. Adams’ eighth straight game with a touchdown catch, which is the Packers’ longest.
The Packers’ offense continued to roll. Rodgers slung it over to Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who made an impressive, for the 14-yard touchdown. Rodgers’ 38th touchdown pass of the season.
The Lions’ ensuing drive was snuffed out by the Packers’ front. Dean Lowry and Rashan Gary sacked Matthew Stafford on back-to-back plays, and Detroit was forced to punt.
The Packers would not capitalize. The Lions would on their ensuing drive. D’Andre Swift pounded his way there-yards. His fifth rushing touchdown of the year tied the game at 14.
Rodgers finished the first half 12-for-15 for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Adams snared four balls for 76 yards and one touchdown. Valdes-Scantling grabbed three receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown. On defense, Lowry; Gary; Darnell Savage and Kenny Clark all tallied a sack.
The Packers would eat up nearly nine minutes on their first drive of the second half. It was successful. Rodgers rushed six-yards for his 30th career rushing TD to give Green Bay a 21-14 advantage.
Green Bay’s next drive was methodical. Green Bay pounded the ball and milked nearly eight minutes off the clock. Rodgers finished it by hitting Robert Tonyan for a four-yard touchdown. Tonyan’s ninth TD of the year. The most by a Packers’ tight end since Bubba Franks in 2001.
The Lions tried to make things interesting midway through the 4th quarter. Kerryon Johnson plunged two-yards into the end zone to cut the lead to 28-21.
The Packers tried to put the game on ice. Mason Crosby delivered. He split the uprights from 57-yards to give the Pack a 31-21 lead.
The Lions answered with a field goal of their own. Matt Prater drilled the 32-yard field goal, which made it 31-24.
Green Bay hung on to the 31-24 win. Rodgers finished the game 26-for-33 for 290 yards and three touchdowns. Adams grabbed seven balls for 115 yards and a touchdown. Valdes-Scantling and Tonyan also had receiving touchdowns.
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