The Green Bay Packers are losing to the Detroit Lions; The Green Bay Packers will not be participating in the NFL playoffs after losing 20-16 to the Detroit Lions on Sunday night in a game the Packers needed to win to reach the postseason. The loss has led to speculation about the future of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is under contract for next season but has said he doesn’t know if he will continue playing. “It’s a little raw right now. It’s just a little bit after the game, so I want to take the emotion out of it and have the conversation and see where the organization’s at and see how I feel after some time has passed,” Rodgers said after the game. The Packers missed the playoffs for the first time in four seasons under head coach Matt LaFleur and finished the regular season with a record of 8-9.
The Lions, eliminated from playoff contention earlier in the day when the Seattle Seahawks beat the Los Angeles Rams, pulled off a surprising win against the Packers. Lions running back Jamaal Williams scored two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 5:55 remaining in the game, and finished the season with a team record of 17 rushing touchdowns. The Lions defense then sealed the win by intercepting a pass by Rodgers and running out the clock. Detroit finished the season with a record of 9-8 after starting the season 1-6.
The Packers struggled with discipline during the game, with linebacker Quay Walker being ejected for pushing the Lions’ team physician while he was tending to an injured player and Rasul Douglas being flagged for a personal foul that helped set up a field goal for the Lions. Despite the loss, Rodgers said he was proud of the team’s efforts to turn around their season after a 4-7 start.