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Turning point in the Packers' Week 18 loss was letting the Lions respond with a fourth-quarter touchdown


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GREEN BAY - A quick recap of the Green Bay Packers' 20-16 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Big picture is that the Packers season is over

The Packers blew their chance for one of the big turnarounds in recent franchise history. Everything had broken their way in the season's final weeks, and they earned their way to a win-and-in game Sunday night by winning their prior four games. But it was all for naught, because with a playoff berth on the line, the Packers’ offense put up a spotty performance (291 total yards) and they lost to the Detroit Lions 20-16 at Lambeau Field to see their season end at 8-9.

Turning point was letting Detroit respond in fourth quarter

The Packers appeared to regain control of the game late in the third quarter when Aaron Rodgers and Christian Watson set up a touchdown with a 45-yard deep shot. Two plays later, Rodgers hit Allen Lazard in the back of the end zone for a touchdown that put the Packers ahead 16-13. But Detroit came back with a big touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, helped by rookie Quay Walker’s indefensible personal foul when he shoved a Lions athletic trainer who was on the field to tend to an injured player. That gave Detroit a first-and-goal at the Packers’ 5, and former Packers running back Jamaal Williams scored three plays later to give the Lions the winning points.

Thumbs up to Christian Watson

Watson had another impactful game. The deep ball set up a touchdown, and he caught five passes for 104 yards total on the night. He also drew his share of double-team coverage from the Lions and provided a threat on jet sweeps and end arounds (two carries for 12 yards).

Thumbs down to Quay Walker and Rasul Douglas

The Packers had two costly personal fouls, one by Walker and the other by cornerback Rasul Douglas, that helped the Lions put up 10 points. Walker’s penalty gave the Lions first-and-goal at the 5 when they would have had first down at the 11. Douglas committed a personal foul when he took a swing at a Lions player just after a Packers timeout before the final play of the first half. Detroit was about to try a 48-yard field goal when coach Matt LaFleur iced their kicker with the time out, but Douglas for some reason walked down the line of scrimmage and knocked the ball away. Then, after a Lions player shoved him in the back, Douglas retaliated and was hit with the personal foul. That shortened the field goal to 33 yards on a cold night when the ball wasn’t traveling far, and Lions kicker Michael Badgley made the kick to pull the Lions to within 9-6 going into halftime.

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