A divisional rivalry is on tap for the final game of the 2018 season. The Packers take on the Lions to wrap up a season to forget. Davante Adams did not play today. He had a great season individually but fell two receptions short of Sterling Sharpe’s single season reception record and over 100 yards short of Jordy Nelson’s single season receiving yards record. Aaron Rodgers left the game in the second quarter with a concussion and it was the Deshone Kizer the rest of the way. The game was the same story that we have witnessed all season long. The defense played well enough to give the offense a chance. But the offense could not do anything. The off-season is now upon us and there will be plenty of changes coming to Green Bay. With the biggest being, who Mark Murphy and Brian Gutekunst will hire as the next head coach of the Packers.
Here is the full game recap:
The defense like they have done all season fought to keep the offense in the game. They started off holding the Lions to 3 plays and 1 yard, forcing them to punt on their opening drive. The first play of the game, Dean Lowry batted the battle back, which ignited Lambeau Field. Unfortunately, the offense remained slow out of the gate. Davante Adams was not active for this game, so the Packers were missing one of their biggest offensive weapons. The Packers ended up punting on all three over their offensive possessions in the first quarter. The had 10 total yards of offense and controlled the ball for just over 5 minutes. Just a dismal start for the offense. Meanwhile, the defense forced the Lions to punt on their first two possessions. On the Lions third possession, Matt Stafford engineered a 12 play,
The Lions started out the second quarter continuing to take it to Green Bay, as they culminated a 78-yard drive with another touchdown. The Packers would start their fourth drive of the game with Deshone Kizer behind center. Aaron Rodgers walked to
The Packers opened up the second half by moving the ball on their first three plays and getting the first down. After they got the first down, they were unable to do anything, as Williams was tackled for a single-season loss, Kizer threw incomplete and then was sacked for a 56-yard loss. Scott punted for his sixth straight time. The Packers defense settled in and forced to the Lions to punt on two of their three drives in the quarter, and holding them to a field goal on their other drive. The Packers couldn’t get a first down on their second drive of the half and ended up punting for their 7th straight drive. On their third drive of the half, Kizer was able to move the ball 48 yards, all the way to the Lions 21 yard line. The crowd got pumped and cheered as Philbin decided to go for it on fourth down. Finally, fans did not have to see Scott come on and punt the ball. It was a well executed fourth down play, Kizer found Tonyan on the slant to the middle and hit him in the hands, unfortunately Tonyan dropped it and the Packers turned the ball over on downs. Progress was finally madedefenceand the Kizer showed some glimpses of being serviceable. Packers 0 – Lions 24
Joe Philbin and the Packers were trying to avoid being shut out by the Lions for the first time since the 1970s. Matt Stafford and the Lions made sure that the Packers would not have any chance at coming back. On their opening drive of the quarter, Stafford found Jones for a 23-yard touchdown to increase their lead. Meanwhile, Kizer was showing fight and trying to get the Packers on the board. He was inaccurate and threw an interception, his first turnover of the game. The Packers would go on to be shut out by the Lions. Final quarter for the 2018 season was far from glamorous. There would be no comeback or celebrating a victory to enter the playoffs. The season would come to an uneventful close. Packers 0 – Lions 31
Next Up: The off-season. Stay tuned as plenty of news will be coming out of Green Bay, as it will be a busy one at 1265 Lombardi Avenue.
Anthony Haag is a writer for PackersTalk.com. He has been a Packers fan since the day he was born and truly bleeds green and gold. He makes annual visits to Lambeau Field and has attended his fair share of games. You can follow Anthony on Twitter at @anthony_haag