Aaron Rodgers accounted for four touchdowns as Green Bay clinched the NFC North for a second straight season on Sunday with a 31-24 win at Detroit.
Offense: Aaron Rodgers
The future Hall of Fame quarterback continued his push for a third MVP award with three more touchdown passes and running for another. Rodgers started the game 10-for-10 for 134 yards and two scores to give the Packers 14-7 lead. He finished with a quarterback rating of 133.6, the 11th time in 12 games he’s topped 100.
Rodgers has now thrown an NFL-best 39 touchdowns, just four interceptions and is completing a career-best 69.6% of his passes.
Green Bay’s best defensive player played like it on Sunday. He was a big part of the Packers holding Detroit to just 51 yards on the ground and also got in quarterback Matthew Stafford’s face a bunch. He had a sack and another quarterback hit. Clark’s hustle, and hit, knocked Stafford out of the game in the fourth quarter.
Special Teams: Mason Crosby
The Packers all-time leading scorer added to his total with a clutch 57-yard field goal in the final minutes to give Green Bay a two-score lead. On the ensuing kickoff, he made the touchdown-saving tackle and Detroit eventually settled for a field goal. Crosby is now 15-for-15 on the season.
— Tavon Austin made his debut in the first quarter as a punt returner. He got some time on offense, as well, catching two passes for eight yards.
— After going two games without a catch, Marquez Valdes-Scantling bounced back with six catches for 85 yards and a great touchdown grab.
— Cornerback Chandon Sullivan left the game in the second half with a hip injury and did not return.
— Outside linebacker Rashan Gary played limited snaps after halftime. Coach Matt LaFleur said he was dealing with an injury but didn’t say the exact issue.
Inside the Numbers
73 — That’s how many times Aaron Rodgers has thrown for at least three touchdowns in a game after throwing three on Sunday. It moved him into fourth place all-time, passing former Packers quarterback Brett Favre.
10-1 — That’s Matt LaFleur’s record against the NFC North.
13:39 — That’s how long the Packers held the ball in the third quarter. They ran 21 plays to Detroit’s three in the quarter.
51 — That’s how many rushing yards the Lions had. It was the fewest against the Packers this season.
11 — That’s how many NFC North titles the Packers have won since the division was created in 2002. The other three teams have combined for eight.
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