Pride — and records — at stake in Lions-Packers finale

Before packing up their belongings and heading off to vacation, the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions must play one last game in their horribly disappointing seasons.”And the reality of it is some of these guys may never see each other the rest of their natural lives on Earth, right, because things change in the National Football League, regardless of the win-loss record you had that particular year. So just basically, let’s enjoy the week. And really, they’ll never regret finishing the season strong.”The Packers, who started the season with Super Bowl aspirations, are just 6-8-1. After earning their first road win of the season last week against the Jets, they can pick up their first back-to-back victories of the season with a win Sunday at home.The Lions, after back-to-back 9-7 seasons under Jim Caldwell, are 5-10 under first-year coach Matt Patricia. They enter Sunday with seven losses in their last nine games, failing to surpass 20 points in eight of those games.”I think it’s a great week for us to go out and compete and get better,” Patricia told the media this week. “Obviously, with a game against such a storied program like the Green Bay Packers, with such rich history and tradition and the division and all the rest of it, there’s no place you’d rather be in the circumstances that we have. We’ve got to go up to Lambeau and play a very good team against a great staff, against great players, great quarterback. It’s a huge challenge for us. If you love the game and you love to play and you love to be part of competition and you’re all about football, Sunday, this is where you want to be.”Other than pride, there’s little of consequence on the line. Detroit has clinched last place in the NFC North — bad news for Patricia but good news for the 2019 schedule and draft positioning. Green Bay will finish third for the second consecutive season after eight consecutive playoff appearances.

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