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Packers vs. Lions 2017 final score: Green Bay’s late-season surge continues with 31-24 victory

The Packers are the NFC North champs after winning a sixth consecutive game, this time against Detroit.

Before the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers kicked off Sunday Night Football, we knew both teams were headed to the postseason courtesy of a Washington loss. What remained to be seen was which team would secure the top spot in the NFC North. With a 31-24 win over the Lions, the Green Bay Packers locked up the division.

This was a hard-fought game from the start, and early on, the Lions had the advantage. Detroit took a 14-10 lead into the half, but Green Bay turned it on beginning in the third quarter. The Lions, for the 15th time this season, found themselves trailing in the fourth quarter after the Packers took a 23-14 lead.

Aaron Rodgers pulled off some heroics to get the win for Green Bay. It’s been a theme for Rodgers over the past few weeks. With Sunday’s win over the Lions, Rodgers has now gone seven straight weeks without throwing an interception.

Rodgers also took the lead for the most touchdown passes this season, 40, during Sunday’s game, grabbing the mantle from Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who established the high mark against the New Orleans Saints. Ryan threw for 38 touchdowns this season.

Rodgers made the plays Green Bay needed to get the win. First, Rodgers overcame a terrible snap and still managed to get the play off, and then he scrambled to extend a play long enough to hit Geronimo Allison for a touchdown.

Rodgers finished the day having completed 27 of 39 passes for 300 yards and four touchdowns.

Detroit had a fighting chance thanks to a Matt Prater 54-yard field goal which made it a one-possession game, but Rodgers and the Packers weren’t done. Rodgers connected with Davante Adams for another touchdown, and then hit Adams for the successful two-point conversion to extend Green Bay’s lead.

Matthew Stafford set an NFL record this year for single-season fourth quarter comebacks with eight, and he very nearly pulled it off against Green Bay.

The Lions were trailing 31-17, and Stafford led a successful drive to get Detroit in the red zone, but it ended with Stafford throwing an interception to Packers safety Micah Hyde.

It wasn’t over, though. The Packers were forced to punt to the Lions with just over 20 seconds remaining in the game, and Stafford launched a 35-yard pass to Anquan Boldin in the end zone to bring the Lions within a score of Green Bay.

The Packers recovered the onside kick attempt by Detroit, and that sealed the win for Green Bay.

Both teams will take the field next weekend in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.