Packers finish with first losing season since 2008 after Lions loss

Lions fire Caldwell after four seasons

Detroit, meanwhile, was close to full strength in what could be Jim Caldwell's final game as head coach.

Not much from the Detroit Lions' final game this season will be of effect, but the statistics still count, and Matthew Stafford found himself a pretty impressive one.

Stafford struggled even before he was hurt late in the game, missing open receivers, and finished 20 of 35 for 250 yards with two TDs and an interception on fourth down with just under three minutes left. Jones continued his excellent record against the Packers with four receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. With coach Jim Caldwell expected to be fired, it's possible Stafford will have to learn a new offense in 2018, unless the new coach keeps OC Jim Bob Cooter, who has done wonders with Stafford the past two years.

Defensively, it was once again the Ziggy Ansah show in Detroit.


This was the 75th game that the Detroit Lions have hosted on Thanksgiving Day.

The second half saw more back-and-forth possessions until the Lions increased the gap to 27-3 on a 71-yard scoring strike from Stafford to Golden Tate at the 1:38 juncture of the third.

Unfortunately, the Lions' issues with their running game continued. Lined up in the slot, Golladay caught a pass over the middle and outraced the defense on the 54-yard play. Minnesota Vikings free safety Harrison Smith deflects a pass intended for Detroit Lions tight end Darren Fells (87) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, in Detroit. Tate threw a two-point conversion pass to Stafford after Adbullah took the snap and pitched it Tate on the trick play.

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