GREEN BAY, Wisconsin ( Associated Press) – Aaron Rodgers threw a late interception and the Green Bay Packers lost 20-16 to the Detroit Lions on Sunday, falling out of the playoffs.
After winning four straight games and receiving much help from other teams, the Packers were in control of their postseason options heading into the final game of the NFL regular season.
But they failed to dominate the Lions, who were knocked out of the playoffs on Sunday after the Seattle Seahawks beat the Los Angeles Rams 19-16 in overtime.
Instead, Seattle (9–8) clinched the final NFC playoff berth and would face San Francisco (13–4) in the first round. The Packers (8-9) missed the playoffs for the first time in Matt LaFleur’s four seasons as coach.
Rodgers went 17 of 27 for 205 yards with a touchdown and was crucial on the final pass of the four-time MVP’s last game at Lambeau Field. Rodgers, 39, has said he does not know whether he will continue playing next season.
During the meeting he became the eighth NFL player to complete at least 5,000 career passes.
Jamal Williams’ second one-yard touchdown run against his old team put the Lions ahead with 5:55 remaining. Williams added 17 touchdown runs to break the Lions’ single-season rushing record set by Barry Sanders in 1991.
Green Bay only reached their own line of 33 on the ensuing drive before Kerby Joseph caught Rodgers’ pitch with 3 1/2 minutes remaining. Detroit held the ball for the rest of the game.