Published: Mon, January 01, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Matthew Stafford throws 3 TD passes; Lions beat Packers in finale

Matthew Stafford throws 3 TD passes; Lions beat Packers in finale

When the job becomes open, keep an eye on Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, a hire that would allow the Lions to keep the offensive side of the ball mostly in place. The Lions won 24-17 in Detroit that season and secured a 21-17 victory in Green Bay.

He followed it up with a stellar final game against the Packers, completing 20 of 29 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns passes. "If our players are healthy, I expect them to play". It's the first losing road record since they went 3-5 in 2010. A 71-yard catch-and-run that went all the way to the house.

Ziggy Ansah led the Lions defense with three sacks. That's a good target number for any pass rusher entering the season.

The last thing the Lions want is to suffer any significant injuries this late in the season. Detroit, meanwhile, was close to full strength in what could be Jim Caldwell's final game as head coach. Both receivers exceeded the 1,000-yard mark for the season.

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Detroit rookie tight end Michael Roberts was inactive because of conduct detrimental to the team, Caldwell said. Detroit cornerback Darius Slay, who started Week 17 leading the National Football League in interceptions, picked off his eighth pass of the season.

The Lions (9-7) finished with a winning record in consecutive seasons for the first time since doing it three years in a row from 1993-95. That says something about the talent level on this roster.

Stafford is enjoying another strong season in Detroit. Then GM Bob Quinn and company will get to work trying to find the best way to beat more of the league's elite teams.

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