Matthew Stafford throws 3 TD passes; Lions beat Packers in finale

Rachel Hardy
January 1, 2018

Except it all but certainly won't save head coach Jim Caldwell's job, and fans will twist in the wind along with him until an announcement is made one way or another.

Kenny Golladay had a 54-yard touchdown catch for the Lions (9-7) in what may have been head coach Jim Caldwell's final game with the franchise.

Green Bay, without several banged-up players, gave away its chances to close with a win by turning it over three times in the first half to help the Lions lead 20-3 at halftime.

Ameer Abdullah's 7-yard run accounted for the Lions' final touchdown. The Lions won't face much resistance from the Packers on either side of the ball, which could allow the score to get out of hand really fast. Through it all, I've learned a lot through these eight, nine games, and it's something that I'll hold with me forever. "I was just happy he called it. Guys were fired up in the huddle that he called it". He's in the locker room and is questionable to return.

Consider Detroit's late two-point conversion a reply to an early wrinkle by the Packers.

Coach Mike McCarthy doesn't expect to see his depleted team go through the motions in Detroit.

The Packers won the opening coin flip and chose to defer to the second half. In fact, they were the only things standing out for the team missing five starters.

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The Packers surprised Detroit by opening with an onside kick they recovered, but didn't take advantage because Jamaal Williams bobbled a pass that was picked off by Jarrad Davis. National Football League interception leader Darius Slay got him in the fourth quarter for the Packers' fourth turnover.

McCarthy and the Packers coaching staff obviously saw something on field they thought they could exploit and did. When he came into the post-game press conference, he brought his family and his three grandchildren, many of whom were wearing Lions gear.

According to Pro Football Focus, Hundley recorded a passer rating of 10.7 when he was under pressure and 92.0 on plays without pressure.

"It's important to play to win", he said.

This year, the big play was back in a big way. Golden Tate caught seven passes for 104 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown reception.

The two touchdowns to Tate and Golladay are the 14 this season for the Lions from 20-plus yards.

When asked what he was most proud of over the last four years, Caldwell deflected the question. They have had players miss a combined total of over 175 games because of injury this year.

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