Quick results of the Packers’ victory over the Lions:
– With a win in Detroit and a loss for the Vikings in Tampa Bay, the Packers clinched the NFC North title for the second straight season.
– Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes and had a fourth score. He now has 40 total touchdowns (38 assists, two rushing) with three games to go in 2020. He also had multiple touchdown passes and a passer rating of over 100.0 for the 12th time in 13 games.
– Davante Adams caught a touchdown pass for the eighth game in a row, setting a new franchise record. He also has eight straight games with at least five catches and one touchdown, tying the NFL record.
– The Packers won by just seven points but mostly controlled the game. They were 8 for 11 on the third down, 3 for 3 scoring touchdowns in the red zone, averaging 1.4 more yards per game than the Lions and playing football for almost 10 more minutes.
– Once again, the Packers special teams have attempted to give a match. Every punt and kick in the playoffs can be a game-changer.
– It was one of the best Marquez Valdes-Scantling games. He caught six passes, his most since the third week of last year, for 85 yards and one score. His touchdown was a great catch on a back shoulder ball in traffic.
– The defense sacked Matthew Stafford four times in the first half and got a save to open the second half, but it was another patchy performance from Mike Pettine’s group. On a touchdown in the second half, the Packers’ defense inflicted five penalties.
– This team will constantly need an elite attack to win a Super Bowl. Defense and special teams just aren’t reliable enough from week to week.
– The Packers scored on their three possessions in the second half before ending the game by kneeling. Robert Tonyan took the win with a first conversion for the third game in a row.
– The Packers overtook the Lions by almost 70 yards. The Lions finished with just 51 rushing yards on 15 attempts.
– Rodgers wasn’t fired. The Lions only hit him once. It was a painful blow, but Rodgers finished the contest.
– Tavon Austin had a few scripted pieces early on. He still looks explosive. It will be interesting to see how Matt LaFleur integrates him into the rest of the offense. He also handled the kick returns without a problem.
– What a nice moment for Mason Crosby. And what a kick. He put in a big 58-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, extending the Packers’ lead to 10 points. LaFleur trusted him to deliver. The celebration with the teammates was special. Many of them remember his grief at Ford Field two years ago.
– The Packers had no turnover but finished with 12 penalties. The penalties put the attack in difficult positions and gave the Lions five first free practice.
– The Packers can clinch the No.1 seed with wins in the last three games. It will happen if this team does not fight.