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Packers vs. Lions: Performances to watch

Green Bay’s defense has put together a strong stretch


DETROIT – The Packers (12-3) are playing for a bye and the Lions (3-11-1) are playing out the string.

Here are five things to watch.

1. On a streak: The Packers' defense has allowed 15 points or fewer in four straight games. That's the first time a Green Bay defense has accomplished that since 2002. The last Packers team to hold opponents to no more than 15 points in five straight regular-season games? The 1992 squad, in Mike Holmgren's first year as head coach.

2. Going for the sweep: The Packers are going for a perfect sweep of all their NFC North games this season, at 5-0 with one game to go. The last time Green Bay went 6-0 in the division was 2011.

3. High stakes: The Packers are playing to secure a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs and a home game in the divisional round. The last time they were in this position in Week 17 was 2014, when they had to beat the Lions at Lambeau Field, and they did.

4. Lucky 13: Only three coaches in team history have won 13 games in one regular season, which Matt LaFleur is attempting to do in his first year as head coach. The others to do it are Vince Lombardi (13-1 in 1962), Holmgren (13-3 in both '96 and '97) and Mike McCarthy (13-3 in 2007, 15-1 in '11).

5. Century mark: The Packers are looking for their 100th regular-season victory over the Lions, most against any team. Green Bay's sweep of Chicago this year gave the Packers 98 regular-season wins over the Bears (99 including postseason), and the win over Detroit back in Week 6 was the 99th in the regular season (101 including postseason).