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It would be a game where the Packers would choose to play their starters late in the game, as with a 12-3 record, they were well off to get to the playoffs, but wanting to secure a number one seed and a home field advantage.
Rodgers would score on his first drive of the game, throwing a long touchdown strike to Greg Jennings, but after that, the Lions defense would tighten up, and Rodgers would struggle for the rest of the quarter.
The Packers would go into the second quarter with a 7-0 lead, and Matt Stafford getting taken out of the game with a shoulder injury, putting Drew Stanton in the game. While Stafford struggled for most of the game, Stanton would shine, throwing a touchdown pass to tie the game, 7-7. The Packers offense would continue to struggle with putting points on the board, and the game would be tied at 7 going into the half.
Early in the third quarter, Drew Stanton would throw an interception to Nick Collins, giving the Packers a chance to cash in on the turnover. However, Rodgers would be sacked twice, and McCarthy made the decision to bench Rodgers, despite the close game, not wanting to risk Rodgers getting injured, and having faith in Matt Flynn to lead the offense to points.
The Lions would score again late in the third quarter, giving them a 14-7 with 1-second left in the third quarter. But Alex Green would make Packer history by returning the kickoff for a touchdown, the first time in 10 years the Packers have done so in the regular season. At the end of the third quarter, the game was tied again, 14-14.
Stanton would throw a third touchdown pass early in the fourth, giving the Lions a 21-14 lead. But Matt Flynn would be the hero of the day, leading the Packers down the field with both his arm and his feet. His scoring play would be a 15-yard touchdown run where Flynn would find himself scrambling out of the pocket, reversing field, and running down the field for the touchdown, being tackled as he crossed the plain.
The Packers would tie it, 21-21, and another interception by Stanton would put the Packers in field goal range with 2 minutes left in the game. The Packers took this opportunity, running the clock down as much as they could and kicking a field goal with 50 seconds left to play. Drew Stanton would get a final chance to win the game, but A.J Hawk would intercept the ball to seal the game.
Aaron Rodgers: 4 receptions, 101 yards, 1 touchdown
Ryan Grant: 10 carries, 53 yards
Greg Jennings: 2 receptions, 82 yards, 1 touchdown
Donald Driver: 4 receptions, 74 yards
Clay Matthews: 1 sack
Tramon Williams, A.J. Hawk, Nick Collins: 1 interception each
Final Record: 13-3