Packers clinch homefield advantage with win over Lions

Mason Crosby kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired to give the Green Bay Packers a 23-20 victory over the host Detroit Lions on Sunday.The winning boot allowed the Packers (13-3) to clinch a first-round bye for the NFC playoffs. The Lions (3-12-1) lost their ninth straight game despite holding a 17-3 halftime lead.Aaron Rodgers overcame a miserable first half to finish 27-of-55 passing for 323 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Aaron Jones rushed for 100 yards and Davante Adams caught seven passes for 93 yards.Having failed once to get the go-ahead score, Green Bay took possession at its 17-yard line with 1:20 remaining. An unnecessary-roughness penalty on safety Tavon Wilson after a short run by Rodgers and completions of 4 yards to Geronimo Allison and 11 yards to Marquez Valdes-Scantling set up the play of the game.With Rodgers under pressure, he checked it down to Jones, who broke two tackles en route to a 31-yard gain to the Lions’ 20. Four plays later, Crosby, who missed four field goals and one extra point in last year’s game at Detroit, connected on the game-winning boot.The Lions received a combined 160 rushing yards from Ty Johnson, Kerryon Johnson and Bo Scarbrough.Lions third-string quarterback David Blough was intercepted by linebacker Blake Martinez midway through the fourth quarter to help Green Bay get the tying points. The score came when Rodgers fired a bullet to Allen Lazard for a 28-yard touchdown to tie the score at 20 with 5:19 remaining.

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