Key Decision #1: (Opening Kick Off)
- The Packers won the opening coin toss and deferred. The Packers would be kicking the ball off to the Lions to start the game. Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby onside kicked the ball and the Packers successfully recovered at their own 49- yard line.
- The Packers successful onside kick would mean that they would more likely get an additional possession that they otherwise wouldn’t have. This was a bold maneuver in a game that didn’t have any impact on the NFC playoff picture. Chances are that in a game of significance, head coaches would not be allowing an onside kick to start the game.
- The Packers moved the ball down the field with a series of first downs. At the Lions 21-yard line, Packers QB Brett Hundley threw a pass that was deflected and intercepted by Lions LB Jarrad Davis.
Key Decision #2: (GB trail 17-3/ 1st and 10 / GB 14 2:16 Q2)
- The Packers were still in the game with two timeouts and had an opportunity to make it a one score game with a touchdown. Green Bay would also be receiving the kickoff in the second half, so they could tie potentially tie the game up in two possessions.
- Instead, the Packers went three-and-out and marched backwards due to an intentional grounding penalty that had them operating out of their own one-yard line. They took little time off the clock due to the play selection. Green Bay punted and Detroit took over at the Packers 35-yard line. The Lions moved the ball down quickly to the Packers 12-yard line and kick a field goal to take a 20-3 commanding lead at the half.
- The Packers had two timeouts going into this drive. They could have run the ball and taken more time off the clock and forced the Lions to use timeouts.
Key Decision #3:
- Down 27-3 and late in the third quarter (1:38 remaining), the Packers scored a touchdown to make 27-9. They successfully attempted a 2-pt conversion to make it a 27-11 game. Going for two here made sense as two scores (both touchdowns with 2-pt conversions) would have made it a tied game. It never got to that point, but at this added some intrigue to an otherwise decided game. In response the Lions tried a….
Key Decision #4:
- Trick play 2-pt conversion after a touchdown to make it 35-11. This would require the Packers, if they could muster up three touchdowns, to have to be successful with three touchdowns and two-point conversions to tie the game. The play was a creative one (a pass TO Stafford). This type of creativity at the goalline is something that was needed throughout the season.
- The Lions finished the season at 9-7, for the second year in a row, making it the first time since 1995 that the Lions have had consecutive winning seasons since 1995.
- Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah had three sacks.
- Matthew Stafford completed 20-of-29 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns.