Lions win easily, sweep Packers for first time since 1991

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The Lions and Packers were playing for nothing other than pride, and the Lions showed more of it than the Packers.

Detroit took a 20-3 lead into halftime and cruised through the second half, ultimately winning 35-11.

For the Lions, it completed the first season sweep of the Packers since 1991. That also happens to be the last year the Lions won a playoff game. They won’t be back in the playoffs this year, but they did end the season with a bang. Matthew Stafford threw for more than 300 yards and wide receivers Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay all had touchdown catches. Darius Slay picked up two more interceptions and is the league leader for the season. (He appeared to mimic shooting a gun after one of those picks, which could result in a fine from the league.)

For the Packers, it was yet another disappointing performance from quarterback Brett Hundley, who simply hasn’t had what it takes after Aaron Rodgers got hurt. Packers coach Mike McCarthy insisted that Hundley was the right man for the backup job, but there’s little doubt that Green Bay needs a better quarterback behind Rodgers in 2018.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell is expected to be fired after the season, but he will go down as a rare Lions coach who finished with three winning seasons. And the first Lions coach since Wayne Fontes to sweep the Packers.

44 responses to “Lions win easily, sweep Packers for first time since 1991

  1. This is certainly a proud and familiar moment for our Packers. We uphold our tradition of choking even when our season is totally lost. At least we are consistent. At choking.

  2. There is nothing I love more than seeing my Packers exhibit their competitive spirit. I hope it shows up. However, I do miss my fellow fair weather Packers fans. Who have lost their competitive spirit. Most have abandoned us here at PFT. I hope they show up.

  3. Finally we get to stop watching the trash trotted out by Green Bay.

    Time for real football to be enjoyed by everyone

    Let’s get ready for the playoffs

  4. The smartest move of the day by the Packers was putting in Joe Hoolihan at QB.

    He sucked, but not any worse than Bert Hundley.

  5. Technically the Lions swept them last year too. The Packers referees were in play and gave the welfare kids a phantom PI at the end of the game which lead to an untimed Hail Mary. Lions own the Packers.

  6. Oh what a season for the pathetic green and puke. Just awful, just disgusting, just miserable, statistically inept, defensively inept, fans booing all the time, lamebeau taken over by purple, delusional fans either living in the past, cursing the loss of Adouche, or saying “wait till next year”. If I were any Packer player, I would be doing my best to get out of that town for good.

  7. He’s also the only coach in the modern era to sweep the division on the road. His ultimate undoing however, was the lost to the Bengals last week.

  8. Ouch, 1-5 in the division? What a season. Losing season and the only talk out of GB is giving that fat boy Colombo a contract extension. That’s what happens when you have tax payers as the “owners” of the team.

  9. McCarthy showed how good of a coach he is without Rodgers. Who is rapidly aging. Good luck packer fans.

  10. Liberalsruineverything says:
    December 31, 2017 at 4:09 pm
    Technically the Lions swept them last year too. The Packers referees were in play and gave the welfare kids a phantom PI at the end of the game which lead to an untimed Hail Mary
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    after an uncalled PI robbed the Packers of a chance to kick the winning FG. Finished it for you.

  11. Well, this was the final nail in the coffin of what was one miserable season.
    I’m glad so many Barneys got their chance for one last kick (including the fake Packer fans, hilarious as always).
    You poor, bitter fools must be seriously be a miserable bunch.

    Anyways, one poor season doesn’t define this team.
    As it’s still one of the most storied and successful franchises in NFL history.
    Not as much as your post season ineptitude defines yours.
    By the way, I’m honestly cheering for your team to get to the Super Bowl.
    How fitting it will be to watch them notch their 5th loss in the Big Game (tying the Broncos, once again)
    But I’m sure you’ll deprive me of that and choke early like you usually do.

    As for the Lions fans, congrats on the win and the sweep.
    It was definitely deserved.
    No excuses, your team played as if they had a game next week.
    My team, not so much.
    Looking forward to putting 2017 firmly in the rearview mirror and my eyes on the horizons of next season.
    Hoping to finally see the end of Capers defensive leadership and the softest zone in football.
    And as much maligned as Ted Thompson is, unfairly, I believe, I’d like to see a changing of the guard with Elliot Wolf taking hold of the reigns.
    He’s paid his dues and will soon be running his own team.
    If not Green Bay, somewhere else.
    I believe changes are afoot and the next 24 hours ought to be interesting in Packerland.

    To everyone that frequents PFT, I’d like to extend to all of you, friends and foes, a very happy and safe New Years Eve.

  12. Nice win for Caldwell’s last game, and it’s always sweet when it’s against Green Bay!

    The Lions also looked much better against Green Bay than the Vikings did last week. Enjoy the one-and-done on Divisional Weekend, Viking trolls.

    ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. It has been a long, long time since Green Bay picked before Detroit and Minnesota.

    Any of you Minnesota fans have any tips for Packers fans on what to do when your team is out of the playoffs? Do we watch football still, or just root for whoever plays the Vikings?

  14. Smoked. Nobody showed up. packers didn’t even make a game of it.
    Three was a new insurance commercial starring aaron & FatHead.

  15. 2 teams, almost 3, swept the packers in their own division.

    Even though the bears finished last they still get more respect than the packers.

  16. Hey Carl Gerbschmidt, where you hiding? Hanging out in the St.Paul Pioneer Press making snarky comments on Vikings articles? Packers sure don’t seem to have much team pride and throw in the towel when your leader goes down.
    Hundley was AR’s back-up for three years? Was he asleep during that time? Keenum is signed in the off-season, steps in in week 2 and leads Minnesota to 13-3. What’s wrong with this picture?

  17. Gotta love the class our resident Viking trolls show. Congrats on your good season but geez, try to act like you’ve been there before. This juvenile behavior and holier than though bs you guys have been talking for months is ridiculous. You act as if your team is the pats and we’re the browns. Win a single playoff game first why don’t you?

  18. theyearofthecat1 says:
    December 31, 2017 at 4:49 pm
    Nice win for Caldwell’s last game, and it’s always sweet when it’s against Green Bay!

    The Lions also looked much better against Green Bay than the Vikings did last week. Enjoy the one-and-done on Divisional Weekend, Viking trolls.

    ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ////////////////////

    You guys missed the playoffs again????? Meow

  19. I was hoping 2 NFCN teams would make the playoffs this year. At least the Pack now knows for certain that Hundley isn’t the answer despite the 3 years MM put into developing him.

  20. pkrlvr says:
    December 31, 2017 at 5:04 pm
    Gotta love the class our resident Viking trolls show. Congrats on your good season but geez, try to act like you’ve been there before. This juvenile behavior and holier than though bs you guys have been talking for months is ridiculous. You act as if your team is the pats and we’re the browns. Win a single playoff game first why don’t you?

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    I remember a certain fan base showing some real class after Corey Stringer’s death and the bridge collapse. You will get no sympathy from the state go the west.

  21. theyearofthecat1 says:
    “Nice win for Caldwell’s last game…
    The Lions also looked much better against Green Bay than the Vikings did last week. Enjoy the one-and-done on Divisional Weekend, Viking trolls.”

    Strange. A motor city kitty fan meowin’ around like an aged piece of limburger.
    Your favorite team is up & down & they completely blew their chance week ago. Yet, here you are.
    Beating up on the packers makes you feel superior. Dontchya know that they suffered insurmountable injuries? Ask a packerbacker, they’ll inform ya. It’s their instantaneous response (excuse).
    Also, let’s face it. It’ll be only matter of time stafford pulls the plug & bugsout just like barry & megatron did due to the constant ineptness surrounding them. lions will never go anywhere. They’re not any good and it shows. Have fun in the off-season.

  22. shlort says:

    December 31, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    It has been a long, long time since Green Bay picked before Detroit and Minnesota.

    Any of you Minnesota fans have any tips for Packers fans on what to do when your team is out of the playoffs? Do we watch football still, or just root for whoever plays the Vikings?

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    In the case of the Vikings, it’s been 8 years since Green Bay has picked in front of them.

    However, since 1961, a little perspective;

    Minnesota Vikings – 18 top 10 picks (8 which came in the first 10 years after being a expansion team)
    3 are in the HoF, with 2 more to join them soon (Adrian Peterson, Kevin Williams *Possibly a third in Bryant McKinnie)

    Since 1961…

    Green Bay Packers – 20 top 10 picks
    (1 of which is in the HoF and NONE of the other top 10 picks appears will be joining him anytime soon)

    So I guess you’re right, Green Bays management should have asked that question a long time ago considering 2 of the 3 Vikings picks that are in the HoF, were drafted in 1964 & 1968, and the third was drafted in 1985. Since Chris Doleman in ’85, the Vikings top 10 picks are;

    Bryant McKinnie ’02 *HoF?
    Kevin Williams ’03 *HoF
    Troy Williamson ’05 LoL yuck
    Adrian Peterson ’07 *HoF
    Matt Kalil ’12 oops yuck

    Since the Packers drafted James Lofton in ’78, their top 10 picks are;

    Bruce Clark ’80 lol
    Rich Campbell ’81 ahhhhh
    Ken Ruettgers ’85 ummm
    Brent Fullwood ’87 ehh.. Ok
    Sterling Sharpe ’88 good pick
    Tony Mandarich ’89 your Troy Williamson
    Terrell Buckley ’92 ummm.. Ok
    Jamal Reynolds ’01 ummm
    A. J. Hawk ’06 had a few good years
    B.J. Raji ’09 had a few good years

    Hmmm…

  23. shlort says:
    December 31, 2017 at 4:55 pm
    It has been a long, long time since Green Bay picked before Detroit and Minnesota.

    Any of you Minnesota fans have any tips for Packers fans on what to do when your team is out of the playoffs? Do we watch football still, or just root for whoever plays the Vikings?
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    As a Vikings fan, my advice is suck on your sour grapes for the next 5 weeks, Cheesy, then GOOD RIDDANCE til August 2018.

  24. theyearofthecat1 says:
    “Nice win for Caldwell’s last game…

    The Lions also looked much better against Green Bay than the Vikings did last week. Enjoy the one-and-done on Divisional Weekend, Viking trolls.”

    ______________

    So, what was the temp at Ford Field? Ya think Zero degrees might effect play just a bit? How soon you forget getting stomped Thanksgiving day by the Vikings. Year of the Bozo.

  25. there’s no point in kicking teams when they are down. Remember last year we started out 5 and 0 and then struggled to finish 8 and 8. Packers will be better next year. Lions will also. Hopefully the Vikings will as well. I like our division and the games are always fun. Happy New Year everyone and maybe just maybe we can get two or more of our teams into the playoffs next year.

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