Rodgers fine, occupy 2nd half, top Packers lose to Lions
DETROIT (AP) — Aaron Rodgers emerged from the field unscathed, giving Green Bay a win of sorts in a game they lost on the scoreboard.
Rodgers threw two touchdown passes in the first half and missed the second half without a stake as the Detroit Lions beat the top-seeded Packers 37-30 on Sunday.
“Victory would obviously be nice, but the most important thing was to get there,” he said.
Backup Jordan Love threw two late interceptions, sealing a loss that didn’t affect Green Bay’s playoff positioning.
The NFC champion North Packers (13-4) arrived in Motor City having already clinched the No. 1 seed in the conference and its only first-round bye.
“Maybe I’ll have a better perspective tomorrow,” Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur said. “We are all competitors and we don’t like to lose.
“I’m happy that we came out of it relatively healthy.”
Rodgers, the reigning NFL MVP who could win the award for the fourth time, finished 14 of 18 for 138 yards.
He threw a 1-yard pass to Allen Lazard to cap a 13-play, 74-yard drive that went 7:18 down to open the game and a 29-yard pass to fourth-year wide receiver late in the second quarter. . for another partition.
Rodgers swapped his helmet for a baseball cap at half-time and watched the rest of the game from the touchline out of harm’s way after being roughed up at times by the hard-charging Lions.
“I hold my breath every time he gets hit,” LaFleur said.
The Lions (3-13-1) closed coach Dan Campbell’s first season with a lot of pride and a few games without losing anything.
“I’m really proud that our guys came out and finished on a high note,” Campbell said. “When you’re at the end of the season and you don’t have any wins, it’s not easy to go out and grind every day, especially when you’re not 100%, but these guys have keep on going.”
With the win, however, Detroit lost a chance at the No. 1 NFL Draft pick, which was possible because Jacksonville knocked out Indianapolis.
The tricky Lions tied 7 late in the first quarter when the rarely used Tom Kennedy found himself with the ball on a backhand and threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Kalif Raymond.
Detroit took a 24-13 lead early in the third on a reverse chip flicker with Jared Goff throwing a 36-yard touchdown pass to Brock Wright.
“We wanted to clear the room,” Goff said.
Love threw a 62-yard touchdown pass to Josiah Deguara with 4:49 left in the fourth, but the Packers couldn’t hold on for the win.
D’Andre Swift scored on a 14-yard run with 1:54 left to put Detroit back in front.
CJ Moore intercepted Love’s pass at the Green Bay 36 on ensuing possessions after it was deflected by linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin, setting up Riley Patterson’s field goal to set the Lions up with a touchdown.
Love threw a second interception 21 seconds from time after his pass slipped off the hands of rookie receiver Amari Rodgers.
Green Bay’s Devante Adams had six catches for 55 yards, earning him a franchise single-season record 1,553 yards, receiving Jordy Nelson’s in 2014.
“He just texted me as I was coming in here right now,” Adams told reporters after the game, saying his former teammate had congratulated him.
Detroit’s Amon-Ra St. Brown had eight receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown, setting team rookie records with 90 receptions and 912 yards. USC’s fourth-round pick finished the season with at least eight catches in six straight games, setting an NFL rookie record.
“He’s better than gold, and I’m glad we got him,” Campbell said.
Packers: WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling left the game with a back injury. … OT David Bakhtiari, a 2020 All-Pro, started and played for the first time since tearing his left ACL on Dec. 31, 2020 and undergoing two surgeries. C Josh Myers started after being pulled from the IR on Saturday. The Ohio State rookie second-round pick had been out since suffering a knee injury Oct. 17 in Chicago.
“As I said (Bakhtiari) and Josh, there is no substitute for football form and it will be good for them to be there,” LaFleur said.
Lions: OT Taylor Decker (foot) and C Evan Brown (ankle) were injured during the game.
Packers: train, rest and prepare to play in two weeks.
Lions: Begin offseason project to make changes to roster and coaching staff.
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