Packers end season with loss

Jim Caldwell is expected to be fired after the season according to NFL Network

Jim Caldwell is expected to be fired after the season according to NFL Network

The Packers ended the 2017 season not resembling the usual Packers in a number of ways.

The Packers (7-9) have a losing record for the first time since 2008, which is also the last time they didn't earn a spot in the playoffs.

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.

In the locker room after the game, Tate was quick to point out he is now 2-for-2 throwing the football in his NFL career with a touchdown and a two-point conversion.

"Have you ever heard me defend or anything", Caldwell said. "It wasn't quite what it needed to be in the second half". After Green Bay's Donatello Brown allowed a punt to hit him, the Lions recovered to set up Stafford's 3-yard pass to Marvin Jones to put Detroit up 17-3. He threw for just 172 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. I checked them. Darius Slay added another interception to his league-leading season. We go out and we do what we do and let everybody make an assessment from there. "We just stopped ourselves". Green Bay was how Detroit's rookie class would finish off their seasons. He had 80 yards on two catches and finished with 28 receptions for 477 yards (17.0 average) with three touchdowns in 11 games.

Outside linebacker Reggie Gilbert and cornerback Lenzy Pipkins both followed up decent showings a week ago with a few notable plays here and there. He hadn't scored a touchdown and or gained more than 64 receiving yards in a game-until today.

"I just think there's some things that got done", Caldwell 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.

McCarthy concluded by saying he never had a problem with his team's work ethic, though he felt as a group it took longer than other years for the full week of preparation to "look the way it's supposed to", and for the veterans and young players to get on the same page.

"It's more about them, it's not about me".

"From here, we just have to regroup and figure some stuff out and go from there".

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