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Allen Park — Some Lions players this week had to guess what they were doing in 1991, the last time the franchise won a game at Lambeau Field.

"I was probably still sucking my thumb," quarterback Matthew Stafford said.

"I was probably chilling somewhere drinking a juice box," defensive end Darryl Tapp said.

"I was killing it in third grade," backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky said.

Lions tight end Eric Ebron wouldn't have any memories because he wasn't born until 1993.

The Lions (11-4) know how long it's been since they've won a road game against the Packers (11-4), but most of them don't care. The franchise has lost 22 straight games in Wisconsin, but none of the players on the current roster played in every one of those games.

Even for the players who have lost multiple times in Green Bay, the Lions will enter this game knowing this team is both different and better than any that lost so many years in a row.

"Since I've been here, it's the best defense we've had," Stafford said. "There's no question. Anytime you're playing on the road and you can pack a defense and travel like we can, that obviously gives you a great chance to win.

"And then I think just belief in each other. We've done it time and time again, whether it be at home or on the road. Shoot, we won in the London this year, across seas. It doesn't matter where we play. We just want to go play."

The Lions, though, hope for a similar finish to that 1991 season. In Week 16, the Lions beat the Packers at Lambeau Field and then won another cold-weather game in Buffalo the following week to finish 12-4, a game better than the Bears.

Last week, the Lions won in Chicago, and another cold win would give them 12 and the NFC North crown.

Since that last win in Green Bay, the Packers have been the class of the division, advancing to the postseason in 17 of 23 seasons, including this year. They've won the division 10 times and won 17 playoff games, including two Super Bowls. Last week, they clinched their sixth straight playoff berth and have a chance to win the NFC North for the fourth straight year.

The Lions, meanwhile, won a playoff game in 1991, but haven't won in any of their six appearances since then. And 1993 was the last time they won a division title.

Under coach Jim Caldwell, Lions players don't think the past plays any role in the future.

"Jim did a really good job of expressing to us this offseason, listen, you guys don't have to bear the burden of the things in the past," Orlovsky said.

Orlovsky was the quarterback of the 2008 Lions, and even though they finished 0-16, they gave the Packers a run in the final game of the year. After three quarters, it was a tie game. The Packers scored the first 10 points in the fourth quarter, but the Lions scored a touchdown to make it 24-21 with 7:38 remaining.

But on the first play of the next drive, Aaron Rodgers hit Donald Driver for a 71-yard touchdown that put Green Bay back up 10, and the Lions never recovered.

"In '08 and even in the years leading up, we would find ways to lose games," Orlovsky said. "I would always say we have no idea how to win, and now we somehow find ways to win in the NFL, which is incredibly hard."

The Lions have a number of players who have experienced winning on other teams, including free agents Golden Tate and James Ihedigbo who won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks and Ravens, respectively, the past two years. They regularly say this team has nothing to do with the previous Lions, but Orlovsky can see the difference because he was on four of the teams that lost in Green Bay.

"We're a much better team talent-wise, we're a much better team unity-wise, we're a much better team character-wise, success-wise, mindset-wise, culture-wise," Orlovsky said. "There's so many different variables that are different."

Now in his eighth season with the Lions, All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson has never won in Green Bay or won a division title.

"We just want to go up there and be able to cap this thing off the right way this year," he said.

And despite how much history is going against the Lions, ending the losing streak in Wisconsin is not their top priority Sunday.

"The monkey we're worried about is winning this game," Tapp said. "That's the only thing we're really worried about."

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