Lions shut out Packers at Lambeau Field; Rodgers suffers concussion

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Matthew Stafford threw for 266 yards and two scores to T.J. Jones, kicker Matt Prater tossed a touchdown pass after faking a field-goal try and the Detroit Lions ended a beleaguered season on a high note with a 31-0 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

With Green Bay trailing 21-0 at the half, quarterback Aaron Rodgers never returned after walking to the locker room early in the second quarter, having suffered a concussion. Both teams had long been eliminated from playoff contention.

"It's horrible, horrible, you get blown out the last game, it sucks," Packers receiver Randall Cobb said.

“It felt like a lifeless game. There was no rhythm to it. It was tough, I was in it, but it was hard to watch also so it was one of those deals today, bad ending, it's tough,” Packers defensive back Tramon Williams said.

“You know as a season, it's definitely not the way we envisioned our season ending so it's tough, you obviously want to come out here and finish strong and we didn't do that, so it's disappointing. Because you obviously want to finish strong, no matter what the record is but to lose like that at home, it sucks,” Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said.

Zach Zenner had a 13-yard touchdown run for the Lions (6-10), who have won four straight against their NFC North rival for the first time since 1982-83.

Even Prater got into the act after taking a direct snap during a field-goal attempt, looking left and finding an open Levine Toilolo for an 8-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead with 10:36 left in the second quarter.

To make matters worse for the Packers (6-9-1), Rodgers walked back to the locker room around the same time his teammates were getting over the shock of Detroit's trick play.

It was unclear exactly when Rodgers got hurt, though he lost his helmet during a sack on his second play of the game. Rodgers, who played two more series before departing, was 3 of 5 for 26 yards.

The Packers were also without receiver Davante Adams, who missed practice this week with a knee injury. Adams finished the season with 111 catches, one shy of tying the single-season franchise record set by Sterling Sharpe in 1993. Left tackle David Bakhtiari, who was dealing with a hip injury during the week, watched most of the second half from the sideline.

Backup DeShone Kizer finished 16 of 35 for 132 yards, while Jamaal Williams managed just four yards on eight carries. Green Bay didn't top 100 yards in total offense until the third quarter.

The Lions had the game well in hand by then, with Zenner making it 21-0 following his touchdown run late in the second quarter.

OVER AND OUT

Rodgers walked back to the locker room around the same time his teammates were getting over the shock of Detroit’s trick play.

It was unclear exactly when Rodgers got hurt. He was 3 of 5 for 26 yards, not the way he wanted to finish even in a meaningless game.

“I said, ‘How long are you playing?’ He said, ‘I’m going the distance,’” linebacker Clay Matthews said, recounting a pregame talk with Rodgers. “I said, ‘All right, I’ll be out there with you in the fourth.’ But it didn’t play out like that.”

The Packers were also without receiver Davante Adams, who missed practice this week with a knee injury. Adams finished the season with 111 catches, one shy of tying the single-season franchise record set by Sterling Sharpe in 1993.

Backup DeShone Kizer finished 16 of 35 for 132 yards and an interception, while Jamaal Williams managed just four yards on eight carries.

UNCERTAIN FUTURE

There is uncertainty in Titletown following a second straight losing season and the firing of coach Mike McCarthy in early December. Philbin, the offensive coordinator, went 2-2 as interim coach.

When asked when he would interview for a chance to take the job permanently, Philbin deferred any questions to team president Mark Murphy, who is leading the search.

Rodgers and Adams have each voiced support over the past couple weeks for Philbin.

“I was very appreciative of all the things they did all season and in the four weeks that I was leading them,” Philbin said in recounting his postgame message. “And that we would get together tomorrow, we’re going to have a brief team meeting tomorrow and we’ll go from there.”