By Tim Kowols
Sunday’s 35-11 loss to the Detroit Lions came with unfamiliar territory to the Green Bay Packers. It was 2008 the last time the Packers failed to make the playoffs and record a winning record since 2008 and the first time they have been swept in a season set by the Lions. The Packers started the game recovering an onside kick, but were turned away by the Lions thanks to an interception off by Jamal Williams’ hands by Brett Hundley. That would be the first of four Packers turnovers, including a muffed punt that set up an easy scoring drive for the Lions. Hundley finished the day with 177 yards passing and touchdown pass late to Randall Cobb, but could not overcome a second pick and a first quarter fumble. Jamal Williams finished a strong second half of the season with 82 rushing yards on 22 carries and 31 yards receiving on three catches. Matthew Stafford led the way for Lions, registering over 320 yards passing with three touchdowns and even caught a two-point conversion in garbage time.
The loss gives the Packers the 14th pick in 2018 and an extended postseason for the first time in nearly a decade.