The Green Bay Packers overcame an injury to quarterback Aaron Rodgers as he returned to lead his team to a 30-20 victory over the Detroit Lions.
The Green Bay Packers won their fourth consecutive NFC North title with a 30-20 victory over the Detroit Lions, and they finished with a 12-4 record while locking up the No. 2 seed in the NFC, which is good for a first-round bye.
The Packers fought through adversity in this game as quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is a leading MVP candidate, was taken out of the game in the second quarter with a calf injury after throwing a touchdown pass.
After the Packers took a 14-0 lead, the Lions tied it in the third quarter. However, Rodgers returned later in the third quarter and gave his team back the lead with his second touchdown pass of the day.
He later scored on a quarterback sneak to give the Packers a 28-14 lead, and Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford committed an intentional grounding penalty that was ruled a safety to extend the lead to 30-14.
The Lions weren’t giving up just yet though as they scored a touchdown, but their rally attempt ended in a whimper as the two-point conversion attempt failed.
Rodgers finished with 226 yards and two touchdowns on 17-of-22 passing while running back Eddie Lacy ran for 100 yards on 26 carries. Wide receiver Randall Cobb caught four passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
For the Lions, Stafford threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns on 20-of-41 passing. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson caught two touchdown passes, but he was otherwise kept in check with four catches for 39 yards.
The Lions will look to overcome a suspension to defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh as they face the Dallas Cowboys in an NFC wild-card game on Sunday, Jan. 4.