Cowboys don't want to see red-hot Packers in the playoffs
Dec 29 2016 by Dustin Murphy
Green Bay (9-6) has won five straight games.
The Lions lost the season's first meeting 34-27 in Week 3, outscoring the Packers 17-3 in the second half to almost cover as 6.5-point underdogs.
By the way? Those two Hail Mary passes against the Cardinals came in the same season in which he had also beaten the Lions with a Hail Mary pass - to Richard Rodgers - during the regular season.
Lions QB Matthew Stafford has 3,980 passing yards this season, and needs 20 yards for a sixth consecutive 4,000-yard season.
The winning team on Sunday clinches the NFC North championship and a home playoff game. Rodgers remains in the top five QBs in the league at No. 4, and his talented offense is looking to help contribute to those numbers.
The schedule-makers did the Lions no favors as the Packers played Week 16 early Saturday afternoon and Detroit is on the short week after Monday night's game.
For another week, the Detroit Lions will take on a team whose running game stands in weird contrast to their own. That might be a more favorable matchup for the Packers at this point. In addition, NY is locked into the No. 5 seed regardless and thus is likely to rest its starters. He has thrown 14 touchdown passes without an interception in the past six games.
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It would mark the first time since the 1991-92 seasons that the Redskins make back-to-back playoff appearances.
Aaron Rodgers' last throw at Ford Field was one for the ages.
NY is in a situation where they've already clinched a playoff spot and can not move from their current five-seed, no matter what else happens. It was the fifth straight victory for the Packers, making them one of the hottest teams in the NFL. They tied the 49ers in the 1965 finale and the Rams in the last game of 1964.
NBC's coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew Esocoff. They are familiar with having to win the division on the final day of the regular season, as they did by beating Chicago in 2013 and Detroit in 2014 to claim the NFC North. "We don't worry about who's out there, we've just got to worry about what we do and prepare and perform to the best of our capabilities". He's been voted the league MVP twice (2011 and 2014) and Super Bowl MVP on the 2010 season Packersteam that won the championship. "So anything that involves the neck is always a little bit of, you've got to be cautious with it".
"I was concerned because if he doesn't jump right back up that's unusual", head coach Mike McCarthy said after the game.
The Packers have made an unusual conversion of receiver Ty Montgomery into an effective running back after the losses of Eddie Lacy and James Starks.