Sunday Night Football: Lions beat Packers, clinch final playoff spot over Seahawks

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The Seahawks are headed to the postseason, and they owe it to the Lions.

Detroit beat Green Bay 20-16, eliminating the Packers from the playoffs. The Seahawks eliminated the Lions earlier.

Jamal Williams Had two touchdown runs, his 16th and 17th of the season, and Kerby Joseph It was his third interception Aaron Rodgers As the Lions swept the Packers this season. Detroit finished its season 9-8, one game better than the Packers, and with its first winning record since 2017.

Regardless of what happened earlier in the day in Seattle, the Lions talked all week about wanting to earn the respect of Rodgers and the Packers. They did it and earned the praise of the Seahawks.

Joseph, a rookie safety, made three of his four interceptions this season against Rodgers. He was overturned with one hand for a face penalty on a teammate John Kaminsky In the third quarter.

His 23-yard interception return was on a deep pass intended to the Green Bay 45. Christian Watson 3:27 left.

The Packers never saw the ball again.

Dan Campbell’s aggressiveness and Ben Johnson’s play-calling ran down the clock. Lions tight end James MitchellA holding penalty with 2:12 left seemed to give Rodgers another chance.

But on second-and-17 from the Green Bay 31, Jared Goff He threw a short pass Amon-Ra St. BrownWho sided D’Andre Swift. It went 14 yards. Williams’ third-down run came up a yard short of the Lions’ first down, but instead of kicking a field goal, Goff punted to give them a touchdown lead. DJ Charg for a 9-yard gain and a first down.

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Goff went 23-of-34 for 224 yards, while Williams had 72 yards on 16 carries.

Rodgers was 17-of-27 for 205 yards with a touchdown and an interception and now faces questions about whether he will retire.

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