Lions vs. Packers moved to Sunday night on NBC

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
The Lions and Packers conclude the regular season Jan. 1 in Detroit.

Allen Park -- Football fans around the country will get an opportunity to witness the Detroit Lions end a division title drought spanning more than two decades or another setback in a long line of franchise failures.

As expected, the Lions' Week 17 matchup with the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on Sunday, Jan. 1 has been moved to primetime and will air at 8:30 on NBC.

The game had been scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.

The surging Packers (9-6) have won five straight to put themselves in position to overtake the Lions (9-5) in the NFC North race. The Packers hold the tiebreaker after winning the Sept. 25 matchup between the two teams, 34-27, in Green Bay.

Green Bay is looking to win its fifth division title in six years after ceding the crown to Minnesota last season. Detroit has never won the NFC North since the league realigned divisions in 2002. The team finished first in the defunct NFC Central in 1993.

A Lions' victory would earn the team the first home playoff game in Ford Field history.

Detroit can earn a playoff berth before Sunday's meeting with the Packers by beating Dallas on Monday night.

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