Packers win the NFC North; beat Lions 31-24

The Packers defeated the Lions by a score of 31-24 to win the NFC North and clinch home-field next week against the New York Giants.
Niether team found the endzone until the 2nd quarter when Packers FB Aaron Ripkowski caught a 7 yard touchdown pass to give the Packers a 7-0 lead. The Lions answered with 14 unanswered points when RB Zach Zeener punched in a 1 yard touchdown, and WR Golden Tate caught a 3 yard touchdown pass to give the lions a 14-7 lead. Mason Crosby drilled a 53 yard field goal with the clock expired to make it 14-10 Lions going into the 2nd half. 

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The 2nd half was all Green Bay, as they outscored the Lions 21-10. Davante Adams caught 2 touchdowns in the 2nd half, and Rookie Geronimo Allison also caught a touchdown. The Lions continued to fight as QB Matt Stafford launched a 35 yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin to make it a one score game with 13 seconds left, but couldn’t recover the onside kick.

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Aaron Rodgers went 27/39 with 300 yards and 4 passing touchdowns. Rodgers also had 42 rushing yards on 10 rushes. FB Aaron Ripkowski led the Packers in rushing yards, he had 61 yards on 9 carries. RB Ty Montgomery had 44 yards on 8 carries. Rookie WR Geronimo Allison led the Packers on the receiving end, he finished with a 91 yards on 4 receptions and a touchdown. WR Davante Adams caught 2 touchowns today, he had 31 yards on 6 receptions. Packers CB Quintin Rollins was carted off the field and rushed to the hospital with a neck injury. The Packers said Rollins was conscious and able to move.

For the Lions QB Matthew Stafford went 26/41 with 347 yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and an interception to Packers CB/FS Micah Hyde. RB Zach Zenner led the Lions in rushing yards, he had 69 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown. WR Golden Tate led the Lions in receiving yards, he finished with 77 yards on 6 receptions, and a touchdown. Marvin Jones Jr. had 76 receiving yards on 5 receptions.

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The Packers finish the regular season with a record of 10-6. The Packers will play Eli Manning and the red hot New York Giants Sunday at Lambeau. Kickoff is scheduled for Sunday, January 7th, at 3:40 p.m. central time. 

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