This game should have been a low scoring affair since the Green Bay Packers benched Aaron Rodgers. Instead, it turned into a shootout that came down to the wire. The Packers finish a 15-1 regular season, and extend the Lions 20 year losing streak in Wisconsin.
Matt Flynn might have cemented a reputation as the top backup QB in the NFL with 480 yards passing and 6 touchdowns. Three TD passes went to Jordy Nelson, but the entire offense played great. The offensive line did a great job blocking, the backs did a great job running and receiving, and the entire receiving corps showed good hands in the cold weather.
It's hard to give the defense a big thumbs up when they allow 41 points and over 500 yards passing. But the defense forced three turnovers (one fumble recovered by the special teams) and stopped them when it counted at the end of the game. Sam Shields had the game clinching INT (while playing well in coverage), and Desmond Bishop forced an early fumble that led to a touchdown. A surprising honorable mention to Jarrett Bush, who grabbed an interception and almost had another one.
It was quite the way to end the regular season. The Lions will now have to wait and see if they can maintain the No. 5 seed with a Falcons loss. They'd probably want to avoid a return trip to New Orleans to face the Saints next week. Meanwhile, the Packers can rest next weekend before their first playoff game at Lambeau in two weeks.