The Green Bay Packers lost 20–16 to the Detroit Lions in a game that would have secured their post-season spot; the result meant the Seattle Seahawks were in last place in the NFC in the playoffs after having previously beaten the Los Angeles Rams 19–16 in overtime.
Aaron Rodgers made a late interception as the Green Bay Packers lost 20–16 to the Detroit Lions on Sunday night and missed the playoffs.
Instead, Seattle has earned the last spot in the NFC playoffs and will play San Francisco (13-4) in the first round. The Packers missed the playoffs for the first time in Matt Lafleur’s four seasons as coach.
Jamaal Williams, a former Packer, scored both Lions touchdowns and rushed for 72 yards, while Jared Goff passed for 224 yards and Caliph Raymond caught four passes for 66 yards.
Rodgers went 205 yards with one touchdown, but was intercepted on Green Bay’s final pass. Christian Watson caught the Packers five passes for 104 yards.
There were five field goals in the first half, and Green Bay led 9–6 at the end.
With the help of a pass interference penalty, the Packers scored on their first possession when Mason Crosby hit a 22-yard field goal.
Green Bay went for it, finishing fourth in home territory midway through the first quarter, but Allen Lazard lost. The Lions then settled on Michael Badgley’s 37-yard field goal in the next run.
Crosby made a 49-yard try at the end of the quarter and a 48-yard one early in the second to make it 9-3.
Badgley missed from 46 yards with 6:16 left in the first half. He knocked out a 33-yard try in the last game of the half after the Packers were whistled for a personal foul.