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Walk-off field goal gives Packers first-round bye

Green Bay rallies at Detroit in second half for 23-20 triumph

K Mason Crosby
K Mason Crosby

DETROIT – Kicker Mason Crosby's walk-off 33-yard field goal completed the Packers' comeback from a 14-point second-half deficit for a 23-20 victory over the Lions on Sunday at Ford Field.

The Packers nearly blew their first-round bye in the playoffs, but they rallied to get the job done. The win puts the Packers at 13-3 and either the No. 1 or 2 seed in the NFC playoffs depending on Sunday night's San Francisco-Seattle result. If the Seahawks win, the Packers are the top seed.

Down 17-3 at the half, QB Aaron Rodgers threw touchdown passes to WR Davante Adams and Allen Lazard, tying the game at 20. A field goal in between was the Lions' only score of the second half.

On the final drive, the Packers took over on their own 17 with 1:20 left, got an unnecessary roughness penalty on the Lions when Rodgers slid on a scramble, and then Rodgers found RB Aaron Jones for a short pass that he took through traffic for a 31-yard gain to get the Packers in field-goal range.

Green Bay ran the clock down and Crosby nailed the kick.

On the day, Jones had 25 carries for 100 yards, and Rodgers was 27-of-55 for 323 yards with two TDs, one INT and 72.0 passer rating. Adams had seven catches for 93 yards and Lazard had four grabs for 69, leaving the game in the fourth quarter with an injury.

For the Lions, QB David Blough was just 12-of-29 for 122 yards and an interception for a 39.7 rating, but he caught a TD pass on a trick play from WR Danny Amendola. WR Kenny Golladay had three catches for 72 yards before leaving in the first half with a concussion. The Lions RB trio of Kerryon Johnson, Ty Johnson and Bo Scarbrough combined for 160 rushing yards.

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