Recap: Lions upset Packers in season finale, 37-30

Nolan Bianchi
The Detroit News

The Detroit Lions checked every nook and cranny in their playbook for plays that could beat the Green Bay Packers, and boy, did they find them.

Amon-Ra St. Brown set the Lions' rookie receiving record and crossed 100 yards for the second straight game as the Lions used two double-reverse passes to beat the Packers for touchdowns in what'd end up a 37-30 win for Detroit in its season finale.

Lions head coach Dan Campbell looks on during warmups.

Lions intercept Love on final drive to seal game

Green Bay has 41 seconds and one timeout in its pocket as the Packers look to travel the length of the field to tie the game, trailing 37-30. 

The first-down pass is incomplete, but the second-down throw is caught by Amon-Ra St. Brown's brother, Equanimeous, for an 18-yard gain to the Green Bay 40.

Green Bay uses its final timeout with 28 seconds left.

Love's next pass is intercepted by Tracy Walker, and your Detroit Lions are going to close the season on a 3-3 run.

Go crazy, folks. Go crazy.

FINAL: Lions 37, Packers 30

Lions intercept Love, add FG to. take 7-point lead

The Packers take over at their own 25 with 1:54 to go in the game.

After a first-down incompletion, Jordan Love's pass is intercepted by C.J. Moore and returned to the Packers 15, where the Lions will have it first-and-10.

Lions 34, Packers 30 (1:09 4th)

A holding penalty sets teh Lions up with first-and-20.

Two short runs by Jamaal Williams draw two timeouts from Green Bay, bringing up third-and-16. Amon-Ra St. Brown takes the reverse for a 12-yard run, but gets out of bounds and stops the clock.

Riley Patterson makes the chip-shot field goal to put the Lions up 7.

Lions 37, Packers 30 (0:48 4th)

Lions take 34-30 lead on Packers with 1:54 left in game

The Lions take over at their own 25, trailing 30-27 with 4:49 to go in the game.

Kalif Raymond picks up 13 yards on a reverse to start the drive. Amon-Ra St. Brown then hauls in a big catch over the middle, sheds a tackler, and scoots to the Green Bay 34 for a gain of 28.

The next throw is to Brock Wright for a gain of 15 to the Green Bay 14, and the Lions are in business as we reach the two-minute warning.

After the two-minute warning, D'Andre Swift houses a 15-yard touchdown run to the weak side that gives the Lions a lead with under two minutes remaining.

Lions 34, Packers 30 (1:54 4th)

Packers take 30-27 lead, late in 4Q

Green Bay takes over at its own 25, trailing 27-22 with 6:39 to go in the game.

The Lions quickly get it to third-and-1, but Patrick Taylor punches it up the middle to move the chains.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Jaguars are kicking the ever-loving crap out of the Colts, so the consolation prize for the Lions hypothetically blowing this game is the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

Jordan Love hits Josiah Deguara for a 62-yard touchdown pass, then sneaks runs it in on his own for the 2-point conversion to put the Packers up 3.

Packers 30, Lions 27 (4:49 4th)

Lions extend lead on Packers to 27-22 in 4Q

Detroit takes over at its own 25 with 14:05 left in the game and a chance to take a two-score lead.

After Jamaal Williams moves the chains with a 9-yard gain, Amon-Ra St. Brown converts third-and-7 for the Lions with a 15-yard reception to the Green Bay 44.

Williams converts the next third down for Detroit with a 3-yard gain, bringing up first-and-10 at the 34. Williams also gets the next two touches, and he gets Detroit to the 20, where it'll have another first down.

Timeout #2 Detroit (7:28 4th)

The Lions are forced into third-and-8 after a second-down pass to Amon-Ra St. Brown goes incomplete. D'Andre Swift drops the third-down pass, and that'll bring out the field goal team.

Riley Patterson's 36-yard field goal try is good.

Lions 27, Packers 22 (6:39 4th)

Packers score TD, still trail by 2 to start 4Q

Detroit takes over at its own 25, leading 24-16.

The Lions can't get anything going, and Jack Fox's punt is blocked before bouncing to the 43 of Green Bay, where the Packers will take over.

Lions 24, Packers 16 (6:06 3rd)

Injury update: Lions OT Taylor Decker (foot) is questionable to return.

Green Bay's run game is getting going, as Patrick Taylor starts the drive with a 12-yard run.

A 12-yard pass gets Green Bay to first-and-10 at the 24, where the Lions force third-and-2. They're able to break up a throw to the end zone, and will call a timeout before Green Bay goes for it on fourth-and-2.

Timeout #1 Detroit (2:33 3rd)

The pass gets exactly enough to move the chains, bringing up first-and-10 at the 13.

Another third-down conversion brings up first-and-goal at the 3, as the third quarter comes to a close.

END 3RD: Lions 24, Packers 16

The Packers punch it in with a short run up the middle, and are a 2-point conversion away from tying things up.

"Go, Pack! Go!" chants have started again.

Jordan Love is blown up by Charles Harris as he lets go of an incomplete pass that keeps the Lions in the lead.

Lions 24, Packers 22 (14:12 4th)

Jordan Love at QB as Green Bay punches back with TD

The Packers take over at their own 25, trailing 24-13.

A 26-yard pass to Dominique Dafney starts the drive and gives Green Bay first-and-10 at the Detroit 49.

The Lions rebound to force an incompletion on third-and-2 during the next set of downs, but the Packers will go for it. A neutral-zone infraction gives the Packers a free first down.

The Lions force a third-down incompletion to Amari Rodgers that'll bring up fourth-and-7.

Mason Crosby's 35-yard field goal is good.

Lions 24, Packers 16 (7:38 3rd)

Lions use another trick play to take 11-point lead on Packers

The Lions take over at their own 25 to start the third quarter, leading 17-13.

The drive comes to an end quickly, as Jared Goff is spun out of the pocket on third down and forced to throw it away.

Jack Fox's punt is returned to the 31 of Green Bay.

Lions 17, Packers 13 (14:31 3rd)

Jordan Love is in at quarterback for the Packers.

After an 8-yard run on first down, Julian Okwara beats his man on the right edge and tracks down Love for a sack that loses 8.

Ifeatu Melifonwu recovers a fumble forced by A.J. Parker, and the Lions take over at the Green Bay 36, first-and-10.

Lions 17, Packers 13 (12:59 3rd)

On the very first play of the drive, the Lions do another double reverse that ends with Jared Goff throwing a 36-yard touchdown pass to Brock Wright to put the Lions up 11, after the PAT.

Lions 24, Packers 13 (12:50 3rd)

Lions extend lead to 17-13 before half

Detroit takes over at its own 25, looking to extend its 14-13 lead before halftime.

A 5-yard run by D'Andre Swift takes us to the two-minute warning. He runs for 11 yards on the next play, making it first-and-10 at the 41.

After a 4-yard loss, Jared Goff hits Tom Kennedy for a gain of 11 to bring up third-and-3. 

Timeout #1 Detroit (0:47 2nd)

Swift is forced out of bounds after a 2-yard gain. The Lions are going for it, but will call a second timeout to reconvene.

Timeout #2 Detroit (0:42 2nd)

Josh Reynolds hauls in an 11-yard pass near the sideline to make it first-and-10 at the 39 with 23 seconds left. The Lions still have one timeout.

An 18-yard gain by Kalif Raymond gets Detroit to the 21, where it'll call its last timeout of the half.

Timeout #3 Detroit (0:16 2nd)

Tom Kennedy's 5-yard reception gives the Lions one last shot at the end zone, which falls incomplete.

Riley Patterson's 34-yard field goal try is good.

END 2ND: Lions 17, Packers 13 

Packers nearly draw even with TD

The Packers take over at their own 25, looking to tie the game at 14.

Davante Adams moves the ball downfield with a 16-yard reception, and the Packers keep knocking down the door. Allen Lazard beats Derrick Barnes in coverage to come down with a 29-yard touchdown pass.

The PAT is missed by Mason Crosby.

Lions 14, Packers 13 (2:34 2nd)

St. Brown's dominant drive gives Lions 14-7 lead

The Lions take over at their own 43 after stopping the Packers on fourth down.

The Lions get it to first-and-10 in Green Bay territory with a 9-yard gain to Amon-Ra St. Brown. Craig Reynolds is then dropped for a big loss, but St. Brown comes up huge again in pulling down a 17-yard pass to make it first-and-10 at the 34.

After a 6-yard run by D'Andre Swift, St. Brown then hauls in a 21-yard pass to get Detroit first-and-goal at the 7.

Reynolds rushes to the 2, but he's dropped for a loss of 1 on third down. The Lions are going for it on fourth-and-goal from the 3.

And the ball goes to St. Brown for a Lions touchdown. This kid is unreal.

Lions 14, Packers 7 (7:00 2nd)

Lions force turnover on downs to get ball back

The Packers take over at their own 25 in a 7-7 game.

A 13-yard pass to Davante Adams starts the drive, but the Lions quickly force third-and-6, bringing the first quarter to a close.

END 1ST: Lions 7, Packers 7

Allen Lazard moves the sticks with a 9-yard reception to the Detroit 49.

Another third-and-4: The pass to Adams is broken up by Ifeatu Melifonwu. The Packers are going for it, and Tracy Walker makes a huge play to drop Josiah Deguara for a gain of only 1 to end the drive.

Lions 7, Packers 7 (12:44 2nd)

Lions tie game at 7 with wide-receiver pass

The Lions take over at their own 7, trailing 7-0.

Amon-Ra St. Brown hauls in a 17-yard catch to pass Roy Williams for the most receiving yards by a rookie receiver in franchise history with 820.

On the very next play, the Lions run a double reverse that ends with Tom Kennedy throwing a 75-yard touchdown pass to Kalif Raymond.

We're tied at 7.

Lions 7, Packers 7 (1:29 1st)

Lions get ball back after turning ball over on downs

The Packers take over at the Detroit 35, leading 7-0.

After a 1-yard completion and second-down incompletion, Jessie Lemonier breaks free up the middle and sacks Aaron Rodgers for a loss of 8 to push Green Bay out of field-goal range.

Kalif Raymond fields the punt with a fair catch at the 7.

Packers 7, Lions 0 (2:57 1st)

Lions can't move ball, run failed fake punt

The Lions take over at their own 25, trailing 7-0.

Jamaal Williams helps move the chains with runs of 6 and 4 yards.

Lions offensive lineman Evan Brown gets rolled up on and is helped off the field ahead of third-and-5 on the next set of downs, where Jared Goff is sacked for a loss of 8.

The Lions go for a fake punt, but Jack Fox's pass is just out of the reach of Godwin Igwebuike.

Packers take over at the Detroit 35.

Packers 7, Lions 0 (4:29 1st)

Packers take 7-0 lead on opening drive

The Packers receive the opening kick and will take over at the 26.

They start the game with a 28-yard completion to Allen Lazard, moving into Lions territory at the 46. Detroit then forces a third-and-5 from the 43, but Davante Adams hauls in a 5-yard pass to move the chains.

Green Bay faces three more third downs and picks them all up, eventually scoring on a third-and-goal from the 1 on a touchdown pass to Lazard.

Oh, and 'Go, Pack! Go!" chants have started to ring out in Ford Field.

Packers 7, Lions 0 (7:42 1st)


It's been real, folks.

The Detroit Lions will wrap up their season on Sunday as they welcome in Aaron Rodgers and the NFC-best Green Bay Packers to Ford Field.

There's no chance for the Lions to play spoiler with a win. There's slim chance Detroit will improve its draft position with a loss.

What we have here is a good old-fashioned grudge match between divisional rivals that don't like each other and have entirely different things to prove, but are each looking to make a statement.

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Packers at Lions

Kickoff: 1 p.m., Sunday, Ford Field

TV/radio: Fox/97.1

Records: Lions 2-13-1; Packers 13-3

Line: Green Bay by 3.5