The Green Bay Packers need to end a two-game losing run against the Detroit Lions to advance to the postseason.
Having won his first five games against the Lions as head coach, Matt LaFleur has since lost consecutive matchups against Sunday’s opponents.
Both of those defeats came at Ford Field. LaFleur is undefeated in his previous three home matchups with the Lions.
Overall, Green Bay’s recent record against Detroit is a strong one. Here are the past five results in this division rivalry:
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Since 1992, the Packers have an incredible 28-3 record over the Lions at Lambeau Field. However, all three defeats have come in Detroit’s past seven trips to Green Bay.
This is one of the rivalry’s most significant games in recent years.
In 2014, the two teams played at Lambeau Field for the NFC North title.
There will potentially be a playoff berth on the line for both teams this week.
If the Los Angeles Rams defeat the Seattle Seahawks, the winner of the Packers-Lions game will clinch a playoff berth.
If Seattle wins the game, Detroit will be eliminated. The Lions would then play to stop the Packers from making the postseason, clinching the seventh seed for the Seahawks.
The Lions have won seven of their past nine games, and this is arguably their most talented team to visit Lambeau Field in years. Perhaps since the 2014 season.
It should make for a fascinating game, especially if both teams can still reach the playoffs. A win-and-in scenario for both the Packers and Lions would make this the biggest game in the rivalry for years.