Packers take the NFC North with an impressive Sunday Night victory

Jan 1, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Both teams knew coming into this game that they had a playoff spot waiting for them regardless of the outcome of this game, but with pride and the NFC North on the line both teams were playing to win. The first half was dominated by the defenses and the second half was a showcase of the offensive firepower of the two NFC North rivals.

The Lions were determined to establish a running game, and they did so with the young Zach Zenner. Zenner would end the game with 20 attempts for 69 yards and a touchdown, and while it wasn’t enough to win the Lions this game, finding a dynamic running back is essential for postseason success. With Theo Riddick now on IR, Zenner’s pass catching ability is something he can bring to the table and he showed his pass catching abilities on a few plays early in the game. There was a lot to like if you’re the Lions in this game.

They got some explosive passes and consistent running plays, both things that they were struggling with coming into this game. If they can keep us this level of offensive duality they have a real chance of going places in the postseason.


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For the Packers, the difference in this game was the exceptionalism of Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers furthered his MVP case by closing out the season with an amazing game and he’s now officially the league leader for touchdown passes with 40, passing Matt Ryan ended his regular season with 38. As far as the MVP race is concerned though, Ryan will still have the upper hand statistically due to his consistency and much higher yards per attempt (Ryan has a YPA of 9.26 compared to Rodgers, who only has a 7.26 YPA). The Packers look ahead to the Giants next week and there’s a lot to be excited about for the Packers, especially on offense. The young receiving duo of Geronimo Allison and DaVante Adams adds an entire new element to this Packers passing attack, and as the pieces are coming together the Packers are getting more and more dangerous offensively. The Packers are playing one of the NFC’s strongest defenses next week and they’re going to need all their weapons if they want to get the win next week.

It was a rough regular season for the Packers, but they ended where they wanted to be. They’re in the playoffs and they won the NFC North. The Lions, having peaked around the midseason are probably disappointed with how things turned out but they’re in the playoffs nonetheless and some would argue that facing the struggling Seahawks is more favorable matchup than playing the Giants.

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