Packers finish with first losing season since 2008 after Lions loss

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There are all kinds of words that can be used to describe the Green Bay Packers' season finale in Detroit on Sunday, but those three likely stand out among the rest.

The Packers surrendered 27 unanswered points to the Lions after jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter.

Green Bay finished 7-9 and with a lot of questions swirling about the future. Now, with no more next games, Caldwell was sticking with business as usual until it isn't usual anymore. "Wins and losses, that's the key", Caldwell said. "Every team has play styles that are supposed to reflect where you spend your time". Obviously, it didn't end the way we wanted it to. The Packers have three giveaways in the first half, including two in the red zone.

Stafford pretended he was changing a play and was walking around communicating with the receivers when the Lions direct snapped the ball to Abdullah, who went right with it. Abdullah pitched it back to Golden Tate on the reverse, who then threw the ball to a wide-open Stafford in the end zone. "It wasn't quite what it needed to be in the second half". However, despite these injuries, the Packers depleted offense will struggle to move the ball with Brett Hundley under center. Golladay blows past Ha Ha for the 54-yard touchdown.

"I just think there's some things that got done", Caldwell said. "We just stopped ourselves". Their chances this season were crushed by Aaron Rodgers missing nine games with a collarbone injury. Among other pass catchers, Richard Rodgers is out and Geronimo Allison is questionable.

The defense got in on the fun, with 3.5 sacks (three for Ziggy Ansah), two interceptions and two fumbles forced and recovered.

Outside linebacker Reggie Gilbert and cornerback Lenzy Pipkins both followed up decent showings a week ago with a few notable plays here and there.

The Lions led 20-3 at halftime with the aid of three Packers turnovers.

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"Last year, we couldn't buy a big play", Stafford said.

Detroit (6-5) made mistakes in every phase of the game and Minnesota took advantage. "We'll use the offseason to grow from that and build off it".

He said he planned on going home with his family to celebrate New Year's Eve and that was going to be his focus on Sunday evening.

Don't tell Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy Sunday's game didn't mean anything.

"For me, this is the first year that I've ever gotten to play as a starter in the NFL", Hundley said.

It will all be part of McCarthy's analysis in the coming days, weeks and months as the page eventually turns to 2018. The Packers finished the season 3-5 on the road.

"History will tell you when you go through as many negatives as we did, we'll be better for it".

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