Matthew Stafford throws 3 touchdown passes in Lions' season finale

Dec 24 2017 Cincinnati OH USA Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell stands on the sidelines against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

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Geronimo Allison caught 2-of-3 targets for 15 yards in the Packers' Week 17 loss to the Lions.

So, with Caldwell likely being fired, Lions general manager Bob Quinn will have to determine who the next Detroit Lions head coach will be. “Thats what youve got to love about him.”.

On Sunday, the game began with a successful onside kick by the Packers' Mason Crosby and the two teams traded possessions from that point on.

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After an incomplete from Jeff Janis, the Packers settle for the 41-yard field goal. Detroit leads at the break, 20-3.

The Packers (7-9) have a losing record for the first time since 2008, which is also the last time they didnt earn a spot in the playoffs.

Later in the half, the Lions took advantage of a turnover on a punt return to score another touchdown.

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Nobody scored again until the final frame, when Packer quarterback Brett Hundley hit Randall Cobb for both a fourth-and-5 touchdown followed by a two-point conversion to close the deficit to 27-11 with 11:27 to play. He was replaced by Joe Callahan late in the game. “We just stopped ourselves.”. He caught a 2-point conversion pass after Ameer Abdullah, who had just run for a TD, took a direct snap and pitched it to Tate, who easily connected with Stafford in the end zone to put Detroit up 35-11 midway through the fourth quarter.

Lions: Stafford, with a lot of tape covering his right cleat, stayed in the game after hurting his right ankle on his second touchdown when DT Tom Johnson fell on him.

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