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Aaron Rodgers will sit this one out

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The Packers aren’t taking any chances in Week 17.

Matt Flynn will start at quarterback for Green Bay, and Aaron Rodgers will be inactive for the game. Matt Flynn gets his second career start against the Lions, and it will come in cold, windy conditions.

Green Bay will also sit cornerback Charles Woodson and linebacker Clay Matthews, who were questionable on the injury report. Running back James Starks, tackle Bryan Bulaga, wideout Greg Jennings, and wideout Randall Cobb are also inactive, as expected.

If Detroit can’t win this game, they are going to have problems in the playoffs. A win for Detroit would clinch the No. 5 seed in the NFC and a trip to the NFC East winner next week.

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53 Responses to “Aaron Rodgers will sit this one out”
  1. billinlouisiana says: Jan 1, 2012 11:44 AM

    Not surprised at all. Why risk an injury to Rodgers in a meaningless game against an overly aggressive Lions d-line?

  2. trbowman says: Jan 1, 2012 11:45 AM

    Hope Matt Flynn’s chance to prove himself going into FA goes better than Cannonball Caleb’s.

  3. snarkzilla says: Jan 1, 2012 11:46 AM

    If DET can’t win this game they shouldn’t even be in the playoffs.

  4. beedubyatoo says: Jan 1, 2012 11:47 AM

    As much as I want the Packers to beat the Lions, I would rather have them beat them in the playoffs.

    I’m a Packer fan living in MI and I’m gagging on all the over-hyped press coverage of the Lions.

  5. dinkdribbler says: Jan 1, 2012 11:47 AM

    Go Lions!!!!!

  6. 28for20 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:49 AM

    Just means he’ll only have 1 more game this season!

  7. cmdv8 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:50 AM

    I guess ill have to watch snf now darn go lions

  8. cas5875 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:51 AM

    Best news of the day so far…

  9. orangeflh says: Jan 1, 2012 11:54 AM

    Matt Flynn is no joke. Packers could still win this.

  10. gbpackman says: Jan 1, 2012 11:57 AM

    Congrats on your 10 – 6 season Detroit.

  11. badfish6907 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:58 AM

    Makes sense.

    There is really nothing he can gain from playing in this one. This is a guy who went a whole offseason with no work except for training camp and played in the opener like it was the week after the Super Bowl. He is not going to see anything in this game that is going to somehow make him better in the playoffs.

  12. heyzeus143 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:59 AM

    beware the 2 week layoff

  13. vikescry1 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:59 AM

    health is the priority here, smart decision.

  14. nflfollower says: Jan 1, 2012 12:04 PM

    It’s flynn’s first start against the Lions. He played against them last year after they concussed rodgers. This kinda feels like a preseason game suddenly… But with something on the line for one of the teams.

  15. chetwynnr says: Jan 1, 2012 12:04 PM

    The backups for the Packers aren’t exactly chopped liver! Still, it ought to be a good game.

  16. devinmr711 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:06 PM

    If Detroit wins this game they will basically have a bye week next week because they play the NFC East winner.

  17. i3addog says: Jan 1, 2012 12:09 PM

    The Packers laying down for the Lions makes my skin crawl.

  18. woodyg says: Jan 1, 2012 12:10 PM

    By resting some of their best players the Packers not only are playing it smart for the playoffs but they are also giving th Lions (at least) a better chance of staying close in this game ……

    The snow & wind & Packer crowd will have the Lions thinking about their home-sweet-dome by halftime …..

  19. ptisme says: Jan 1, 2012 12:11 PM

    All you Lions fans shouldn’t just “assume” this game will be a gimmee for the Lions… Recall Matt Flynn coming within a whisker of knocking off the Patriots in Foxboro (the best team in the league at that time)….

  20. yatista says: Jan 1, 2012 12:12 PM

    “If Detroit can’t win this game, they are going to have problems in the playoffs.”

    Stupid comment, it’s like saying “If Green Bay can’t beat Kansas City, they’re gonna have trouble in the playoffs.”

    Detroit could still loose because of weather conditions, injuries, etc. and still make noise in the playoffs. Maybe.

  21. clayjayhawk says: Jan 1, 2012 12:13 PM

    I’m going to rest this game too. This is like preseason , the game means nothing but we can learn alot from the guys we play. Go Packers!

  22. hostandguest says: Jan 1, 2012 12:14 PM

    Yes, this Matt Flynn’s second career start, but it is not his second career start against the Lions.

    His first was against the Patriots. He relieved a concussed Rodgers against the Lions.

  23. nbcstinks says: Jan 1, 2012 12:17 PM

    It’s not about injury fears, it’s about the fear of a legit loss heading into the playoffs. And now the Packers will officially have zero momentum heading into the playoffs. Two weeks off after weeks of slowly getting less and less dominate. It’s the perfect storm of a monumental collapse for GB.

  24. leatherface2012 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:18 PM

    what happens if flynn is injured? who comes in then?

  25. sschmiggles says: Jan 1, 2012 12:20 PM

    Matt Flynn

    Career stats: 51 for 88 (58%), 535 yards (just 6.1 per attempt), 3 TDs, 4 INTs. He was 2 for 10 in his last preseason game.

    Tell me why people think this guy is so good again?

  26. mcnabbulous says: Jan 1, 2012 12:23 PM

    The beginning of the end. The start was last year when the bears could not keep them out of the playoffs.

    I am just kidding though. I do not see anyone staying within 14 pts of them in the playoffs.

  27. test2402 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:23 PM

    Tim Tebow doesn’t sit out.

  28. Wisconsin77 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:25 PM

    As a Packer fan I don’t like this. Not because I want to see him play, but the fact that I am worried that having three weeks off between playing in a game will cause him to be rusty in the first playoff game. If it was up to me, I would play him about 3 series. Can’t play scared.

  29. chas88 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:26 PM

    beedubyatoo says:
    Jan 1, 2012 11:47 AM
    As much as I want the Packers to beat the Lions, I would rather have them beat them in the playoffs.

    I’m a Packer fan living in MI and I’m gagging on all the over-hyped press coverage of the Lions.

     ——————————–

    Soooo, a hometown shouldn’t be proud their team has made it to the playoffs for the first time since the 1990s? I’m guessing you think they should be showing nonstop media coverage of the Packers the rest of the country has had to endure since week 1. Give me a break.

  30. Wisconsin77 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:26 PM

    badfish6907 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:58 AM
    Makes sense.
    There is really nothing he can gain from playing in this one. This is a guy who went a whole offseason with no work except for training camp and played in the opener like it was the week after the Super Bowl

    Yes, playing against a team full of people who went the while offseason with no work except for training camp. First playoff game he will be playing against a team who already won a game in the playoffs. Apples and oranges.

  31. stevenfbrackett says: Jan 1, 2012 12:29 PM

    While I agree with letting the starting players sit out -for several reasons, and I agree Matt Flynn is no slouch and could do very well, there is one thing that does concern me: Graham Harrell might play.

    Third string QBs are third string for a reason but he has shown so little during those chances he has had to play this year so far. Or maybe it just seems little by the standards set by the two in front of him and he really isn’t horrible. I hope it is the latter.

  32. j972 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:30 PM

    You’d never see Brett Favre taking a day off. It’s a shame the Packers organization chose to demonize him.

  33. nfldoc says: Jan 1, 2012 12:39 PM

    Leslie Frazier could certainly learn a thing or two from McCarthy and the Packers!

  34. bearsstillsuck says: Jan 1, 2012 12:50 PM

    I hate this move. What if Flynn gets injured?

  35. uwsptke says: Jan 1, 2012 12:52 PM

    With this being official, Rodgers officially holds the single season record for QB rating, breaking Peyton Manning’s record. No QB has had such a prolifically efficient season in NFL history. The guy is crazy accurate and just doesn’t throw picks.

  36. badfish6907 says: Jan 1, 2012 1:03 PM

    You’d never see Brett Favre taking a day off. It’s a shame the Packers organization chose to demonize him.
    ————————————————-
    Yeah he would walked out and played three snaps to keep his record going.

    Brett Favre demonized himself.

  37. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Jan 1, 2012 1:04 PM

    He’s afraid of Ndamukong.

  38. badfish6907 says: Jan 1, 2012 1:11 PM

    uwsptke says:
    Jan 1, 2012 12:52 PM
    With this being official, Rodgers officially holds the single season record for QB rating, breaking Peyton Manning’s record. No QB has had such a prolifically efficient season in NFL history. The guy is crazy accurate and just doesn’t throw picks.
    —————————————————

    Yep and before all the smart guys come in and say it was only a 15 game season for Rodgers, in Manning’s last game the year he set that mark he played one series and completed two passes before he was pulled.

  39. Little Earthquake says: Jan 1, 2012 1:14 PM

    j972 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:30 PM

    You’d never see Brett Favre taking a day off. It’s a shame the Packers organization chose to demonize him.

    Favre’s teams never were in this position; even in the three 13-3 seasons (96, 97, 07) they were playing for seeding in the final week.

    Besides that, when exactly did the Packers organization “demonize” Favre? I’d like to read that story; sounds interesting.

  40. pbolyard says: Jan 1, 2012 1:15 PM

    Wouldn’t you think getting blown out by the Lions may hurt the packers moral a little. I don’t like sitting guys.

  41. ray0414 says: Jan 1, 2012 1:15 PM

    3 minutes into this game and its over. lions will win EASY. 9-0 and its gonna get worse. no shame in beating up a decimated team, teams did it to the lions for years!

  42. Wisconsin77 says: Jan 1, 2012 1:17 PM

    j972 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:30 PM
    You’d never see Brett Favre taking a day off. It’s a shame the Packers organization chose to demonize him.

    And hired the guy who orchestrated the campaign to lie to the world about WMDs in Iraq to orchestrate the smear campaign too.

  43. Wisconsin77 says: Jan 1, 2012 1:32 PM

    Little Earthquake,

    You ask and you shall revive.

    A newspaper article reposted on Google:
    Christl: No expense spared by team in Favre PR war
    groups.google.com/group/alt.sports.football.pro.gb-packers/browse_thread/thread/4efe911e4e56c181/a8a3f81c18035c3b?lnk=raot&pli=1

  44. badfish6907 says: Jan 1, 2012 1:39 PM

    Little Earthquake says:
    Jan 1, 2012 1:14 PM
    j972 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:30 PM

    Besides that, when exactly did the Packers organization “demonize” Favre? I’d like to read that story; sounds interesting.
    ————————————————-
    According to the uneducated, demonizing is apparently having a charter waiting to go to Mississippi to bring him back to a press conference to announce his unretirement only to have him yet again change his mind at the last minute.

    Ted Thompson said enough is enough and poor little Brett at that time couldn’t handle that they actually had the gall to move forward.

    So if you are an idiot you could say they demonized him.

  45. justaintrightisit says: Jan 1, 2012 1:45 PM

    Yep, this is sure looking like a blowout in the 1st quarter. You still have to remember they are playing the Lions, the team that likes to shoot themselves in the foot with mistakes and stupid penalties and the Packers like to take advantage of those mistakes.

  46. j972 says: Jan 1, 2012 1:46 PM

    @fishbreath

    You ain’t the sharpest tool in the shed.

  47. orangeflh says: Jan 1, 2012 1:54 PM

    ray0414 says:
    Jan 1, 2012 1:15 PM

    3 minutes into this game and its over. lions will win EASY. 9-0 and its gonna get worse. no shame in beating up a decimated team, teams did it to the lions for years!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    15 minutes in and the Pack is up 10 – 9. Nothing is over yet, Genius.

  48. hyzers says: Jan 1, 2012 2:37 PM

    Jordy Nelson’s TD was almost as nice as Titus Youn….. Oh that’s right, these refs are incompetent at best, crooked at worst.

  49. Little Earthquake says: Jan 1, 2012 2:52 PM

    Wisconsin77 says: Jan 1, 2012 1:32 PM

    Little Earthquake,

    You ask and you shall revive.

    A newspaper article reposted on Google:
    Christl: No expense spared by team in Favre PR war
    groups.google.com/group/alt.sports.football.pro.gb-packers/browse_thread/thread/4efe911e4e56c181/a8a3f81c18035c3b?lnk=raot&pli=1

    ___

    THAT’S your evidence?

    “Less than three weeks later, the Packers went on the offensive and provided a detailed timeline about their discussions with Favre during the
    off-season. The obvious intent was to show how Favre had vacillated throughout the previous four months.”

    That and a writer for the Wall Street Journal wrote a negative opinion piece on Favre.

    A real smear campaign. Roll over, Dick Nixon.

    In any case, Favre took plenty of time off while with the Packers. See 2007 NFC Title Game.

  50. refwatcher says: Jan 1, 2012 2:56 PM

    Lions fans deserve better. First an obvious down by contact is called a fumble and turnover, which forced Lions to challenge (they win challenge). Next possession same situation on kickoff, but Packers get ball (bad call). Lions get ball back on next play (interception) and Stafford throws obvious TD (called no good on field). Lions out of challenges, settle for FG. Next Pack drive, Lions called for phantom pass interferrence (late flag, bad call, Driver). Next play, short TD pass. Even with several GB stars on the sideline, the Packers get the calls. Tragic set of series for Detroit proving again how difficult it is for up-and-coming NFL teams to win against star teams. Now halftime, and the moron announcers are commenting on the Lions’ apparent inability to beat the Packers’ backups. The Lions would be up by at least 10 if the correct calls were made thus far. Again, if you are a Lions’ fan, you deserve better.

  51. Wisconsin77 says: Jan 1, 2012 3:31 PM

    Little Earthquake, looks like your eyes were opened but you are too stubborn to see it. That is part of the problem, you have been too brainwashed by the local media in Wisconsin. One of the advantages of being out of the state for the past 12 years, I didn’t get brainwashed like you and the rest of the sheep in Wisconsin.

    btw, when a killer is caught red handed with the knife in his hand, do you sarcastically say “THAT’S your evidence?” lolz

  52. refwatcher says: Jan 1, 2012 5:38 PM

    Obvious muffed fair catch that should’ve given the Lions the ball at 1st and goal.  No call and no option to challenge.  If the correct calls were made today, Stafford would’ve had 7 TDs and the win.  Instead, the media will overlook the bad calls and praise the Pack as usual.  Now the Lions must play a true great team in their dome (New Orleans); unfortunate for Lions fans.

    FYI
    I believe Stafford would’ve thrown a TD if the Lions were awarded the ball after muffed fair catch snd the obvious bad call that stole his 6th TD. That’s 2 plus the 5 he had…7 total and a career game. This would’ve been the news and why Eli was chosen over Stafford for pro bowl. Instead, the media will focus on the Pack again (as usual).

  53. bordner says: Jan 2, 2012 1:17 AM

    sschmiggles says:
    Jan 1, 2012 12:20 PM

    Matt Flynn

    Career stats: 51 for 88 (58%), 535 yards (just 6.1 per attempt), 3 TDs, 4 INTs. He was 2 for 10 in his last preseason game.

    Tell me why people think this guy is so good again?
    ————————————
    I think you have your answer now.

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