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Week 17 Game Recap: Green Bay Packers 11, Detroit Lions 35

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Green Bay Packers

Brett Hundley capped off a poor 2017 with a game that cements his status as a backup at best. The Packers had a woeful offensive day without their top two receivers, but they did sign Davante Adams to a long-term extension.

Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions had a strong offensive day against the Green Bay Packers. Detroit was set up with good field position early after Green Bay turnovers and were able to capitalize. Like most of the season, Detroit's running game struggled to find room to run, but the passing game was efficient. Matthew Stafford had long touchdown passes to Kenny Golladay and Golden Tate, while also connecting on a fade to Marvin Jones for a third score.

Green Bay Packers

QB Brett Hundley, 61 offensive snaps, Pass: 14 - 24 - 172 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 3 - 15 - 0, Rec: 1 - 10 - 0 (1 targets)
If there was any lingering doubt about Hundleyís general inability to succeed in an NFL offense, this game pretty much put that concern to rest. His continued poor decisions and overall inability to find his receivers put the Packers offense behind the eight-ball too often, and left the defense ó which had its own issues ó in difficult positions. At least the Packers thought they had a competent backup, but Hundley didnít prove he could even do that, much less succeed over an extended absence by the starter.

QB Joe Callahan, 7 offensive snaps, Pass: 5 - 7 - 11 - 0 TD / 0 INT
Callahan didnít get much time to show what he could do, and you canít imagine the team was all that hot on him as they cut him the moment Aaron Rodgers returned only re-signing him when Rodgers went down. He looked decent in mop up duty, but thereís nothing to be excited about.

RB Jamaal Williams, 56 offensive snaps, Rush: 22 - 82 - 0, Rec: 3 - 31 - 0 (5 targets)
Williams continues to look like exactly what everyone has said he was all season long ó serviceably unspectacular. He looks the part of a guy who can be one portion of a solid backfield, but isnít an every down back with a lot of dynamism. He can fight through injury though, and was able to carry the load when asked to. He added some decent receiving yards this week, which should help him hold onto snaps next season.

WR Randall Cobb, 55 offensive snaps, Pass: 1 - 1 - 10 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 4 - 0, Rec: 4 - 45 - 1 (6 targets)
Cobb was a jack of all trades on Sunday, running the ball once, completing a pass to Brett Hundley and scoring the Packersí lone touchdown of the day. It came on a drive where he recorded three catches for 33 yards and it was the lone spark on an otherwise virtually lifeless offense.

WR Trevor Davis, 39 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 56 - 0 (3 targets)
With Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams out, Davis had the opportunity to show what he could do, and in a game where his quarterback continued to struggle, managed to snag all three of his chances. Most of his year was spent on special teams, where heíll probably reside in 2018, but he did show a little speed and sharp route running against Detroit.

WR Geronimo Allison, 22 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 15 - 0 (3 targets)
Allison only saw a few targets and really didnít have much opportunity to do a lot with them. Both of his catches were shorter balls, though one he did gain nine yards with.

WR Jeff Janis, 30 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 0 - 0 (3 targets)
Once upon a time, Janis was a fan favorite who seemed destined for a big role in the Packers offense, but that seemed to end long before Aaron Rodgers was lost this year. Janis struggles to separate from coverage, either by speed or by sharp route running.

WR Michael Clark, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (5 targets)
Clark saw a lot of targets, relatively speaking, but only caught one. Some of those were coverage issues, but he also suffered from the same poor throws which have plagued the Packers receivers for most of the year with Brett Hundley under center.

TE Emanuel Byrd, 11 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 31 - 0 (2 targets)
The rookie tight endís most notable moment came when he ran out of his shoe during a catch. He does seem to have some athleticism, so he might be one to watch heading into 2018.

Detroit Lions

QB Matthew Stafford, 58 offensive snaps, Pass: 20 - 29 - 323 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 2 - 0
Stafford played well in the season finale against Green Bay. He was accurate and aggressive, hitting long targets to Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay for 50+ yards. The throw to Marvin Jones was a deep post that beat his corner while getting behind the safety. He later hit Golladay for a 54-yard touchdown pass also on a post. An unappreciated story in Detroit has been the rapport Stafford has shown with Jones in the deep passing game. Stafford also threw a fade to Jones for a red zone touchdown. Stafford's long play of the day was a throw to Golden Tate on a double move. Tate set the move up inside before getting back toward the corner. The route combination cleared the entire perimeter of the field up for a 71 yard catch that he finished off with a stiff arm for a score. Stafford also managed to catch a two-point conversion trick play from Golden Tate. Stafford's play fluctuated at times this season, but he managed to support both Jones and Tate in top 15 WR seasons in PPR.

RB Tion Green, 19 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 21 - 0, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0 (2 targets)
Tion Green was the second back in the game, and led the Lions in both carries (9) and yards (21). Like Abdullah and Riddick, Green was hampered by an offensive line incapable of creating consistent room to run. Green is a pedestrian back who lacks interior vision to run with any consistency between the tackles.

RB Ameer Abdullah, 20 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 18 - 1, Rec: 1 - 11 - 0 (2 targets)
Ameer Abdullah again gave way to Theo Riddick as a starter but out touched Riddick 9 to 6. The entire Detroit running game has been plagued by subpar offensive line play which has left little opportunity to develop a running game. Abdullah was used in the passing game on a dump off route, where he ran well for a first down after the catch. Abdullah can catch passes out of the backfield, but was cast out of the role by the coaching staff with Riddick in the backfield.

RB Theo Riddick, 18 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 10 - 0, Rec: 2 - 12 - 0 (3 targets)
Theo Riddick started again at running back over Ameer Abdullah, but managed to finish behind both Tion Green and Abdullah in touches. Riddick suffered from a continuation of a season long trend of offensive line play that is unable to create running room. Riddick was likewise held in check in the pass game to only two short catches.

WR Golden Tate, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 104 - 1 (7 targets)
Golden Tate led the Lions with seven catches for 104 yards. Tate was his usual fixture in the short passing game, but was able to spring a long 71-yard touchdown on a double move. Tate set up a crossing route before breaking back to the sideline on a corner route. The route combination cleared the side of the field, and left Tate a runway down the sideline. Tate used his physicality as a runner to finish the play off with a stiff arm and a touchdown. Tate was otherwise used in the short passing game and a creative screen which set up a red zone opportunity. He also threw a two-point conversion to Matthew Stafford on a trick play on a reverse pass.

WR Marvin Jones, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 81 - 1 (5 targets)
Marvin Jones capped his season with a big day against Green Bay. He caught a deep post where he beat corner coverage while getting behind the safety for a 56-yard chunk play. Jones was later targeted on a red zone fade for a touchdown. The fade marks an expansion of his role in the red zone where Detroit has frequently struggled to score touchdowns. Jones also drew a defensive holding, which likely should have been a defensive pass interference. Jones beat the defender on a play and would likely have added a second score on the play if he was not interfered with. Jones was also overthrown by Stafford in the red zone.

WR Kenny Golladay, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 80 - 1 (3 targets)
Kenny Golladay continued to see fluctuating usage in Detroit's offense. He was targeted deep early, but unable to win in contested coverage. He got on track when he beat zone coverage up the seam from the slot for a 54-yard touchdown. Golladay's lone other catch was a play along the sideline where he was able to secure the catch and get two feet inbounds on the play. Golladay saw a variety of manufactured touches in recent weeks, but was able to win on his own in deep passing routes.

TE Eric Ebron, 24 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (6 targets)
Eric Ebron had an inefficient day against the Packers. His lone catch was a dump off route where he hurdled a defender for a first down. He was also targeted multiple times in the end zone but unable to create separation on the routes. Ebron had the chance for a big play on a corner route where he was wide open, but Stafford threw the ball too far inside as if he expected Ebron to run a vertical route. Ebron finished the season playing with more passion and confidence than he did earlier in the season when he largely looked lost.