If the Detroit Lions want to win their first division title in 23 years, they’ll have to beat the Packers vs Lions Live Stream next Sunday at Ford Field. The Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday afternoon, 38-25, to set up a de facto playoff game in the regular season finale.The Lions (9-5) are in first place in the NFC North entering Monday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, a half game ahead of the Packers (9-6).Green Bay, however, beat the Lions earlier this season, and a sweep of the season series would give them the tie-breaker advantage over the Lions in the event the two teams finish with identical records.The Lions won their last division title in 1993, when they beat the Packers in the final week of the regular season, only to lose a rematch six days later, 28-24, on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Brett Favre to Sterling Sharpe with 55 seconds to play.While the Cowboys (12-2) already have the best record in the NFC locked up, the Lions might be able to secure a playoff spot on Monday night.If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers loss to the New Orleans Saints in an afternoon game later today, the Lions can clinch their second playoff appearance in three seasons with a win or a tie.
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Aaron Rodgers threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns, Jordy Nelson shredded Minnesota’s secondary for 154 yards and two scores, and the resurgent Green Bay Packers beat the Vikings 38-25 on Saturday.The Packers’ fifth straight win set up a winner-take-all showdown next week with the Detroit Lions (9-5) for the NFC North title, while extinguishing the Vikings’ faint postseason hopes.The Lions play the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football before the finale against the Packers (9-6) at Ford Field on Jan. 1.“We’re planning on going to Detroit to win the division,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “Merry Christmas.”While a Lions win against the Packers vs Lions Live Stream would give Detroit and Green Bay identical 10-6 records, Green Bay would hold the tiebreaker with a head-to-head sweep this season. The Packers beat the Lions on Sept. 25, 34-27.
Though they can’t win the division title until Week 17, the Lions can clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Cowboys, since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the New Orleans Saints on Saturday.Green Bay built a 28-13 lead at halftime, with Rodgers accounting for all four scores in the half. He finished 28 of 38, and shrugged off his right calf injury after scrambling for a 6-yard touchdown late in the second quarter and making a rare Lambeau Leap.Once I got moving, I felt like myself,” said Rodgers, adding that the sore calf is getting better.Rodgers and Nelson connected for scores from 21 and 2 yards in the first half. The veteran receiver found seams in Minnesota’s defense, despite the return of safety Harrison Smith from an ankle injury.Playing again without running back Adrian Peterson, the Vikings (7-8) had success through the air after Sam Bradford threw for 382 yards and three touchdowns, including a 71-yard touchdown Packers vs Lions Live pass to Adam Thielen in the second quarter.Thielen had a career-high 202 yards and two scores.
But the Vikings made too many other mistakes to catch up to the Packers.Maybe they were sluggish after the team plane got stuck in the grass on the way to the gate at a Wisconsin airport on Friday night after making a safe landing, forcing a delay of more than five hours.The Vikings will miss the playoffs after a 5-0 start.After all the swings this season for both the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, it’s still going to come down to one thing for the NFC North title, a home playoff game and potentially even a playoff berth.Green Bay’s 38-25 win over Minnesota on Saturday guaranteed that next Sunday’s regular-season finale between the Lions and Packers at Ford Field will be for the division title no matter what happens for Detroit in Monday night’s game against Dallas.It’s not yet clear if the game will be flexed into either an afternoon time slot or the prime-time period, but based on other results this weekend, Lions-Packers might be the most attractive game on the Week 17 schedule.
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A Lions win against the Packers would give the franchise its first division title since the 1993 season. A Detroit loss would give Green Bay the NFC North crown and leave the Lions hoping things fall right for a wild-card playoff spot — potentially at Lambeau Field against the Packers depending how things shake out.If the Lions win Monday against the Cowboys and then tie the Packers in Week 17, the Lions would win the division because they would have a 10-5-1 record while Green Bay would have a 9-6-1 record.Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he would not address his team any differently based on Green Bay’s result Saturday. Earlier this week, he also wouldn’t discuss what a potential NFC North title would mean to the Lions, a franchise that went the second half of the Barry Sanders era and Calvin Johnson’s entire career without winning one.“I’m not concerned about any of that. I’m not concerned about looking, even if it’s another game ahead,” Caldwell said. “I’m looking right straight forward at the team that we have to face; that’s our focus. I think our guys understand that probably as well as anybody now. They have a real good sense of that.”
But the truth is there. The season finale against Green Bay will be for the division title and, for both teams, potentially a chance to continue Lions vs Packers Live Stream their seasons.All but one game this weekend has postseason ramifications tied to it. Yet, before getting you knee-deep into the schedule, I must get a small gripe off my football chest. Matthew Stafford and Sean Lee should be in the Pro Bowl. I don’t need to look at the roster; I know these guys are deserving. Sure, the Pro Bowl doesn’t mean what it did in 1986, or even 2006, but it’s not complete without those two dudes. Tell me the Lions, who have trailed in the fourth quarter in all but one of their wins, would be 9-5 without Stafford. Lee is a 4-3 OLB who doesn’t get sacks because he’s not supposed to in the Cowboys defense, yet has performed at a level commensurate with the best defenders in pro football. Lee and Von Miller would be my first-team All-Pro outside linebackers.How many times have these two duked it out for playoff positioning … or in the postseason itself? The ramifications of this game are much more straightforward than the others on the Week 16 ticket.