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Flynn For The Win: Packers Don’t Miss Beat Without Rodgers; Nip Detroit In 45-41 Thriller

With Aaron Rodgers bundled up on the sideline in cold and windy conditions at Lambeau Field, Matt Flynn set franchise records with 480 yards passing and six touchdowns — the final one to Jermichael Finley with 1:10 left, giving the Packers a 45-41 victory over the Detroit Lions in a wild regular-season finale Sunday.

“Just think of all of the great quarterbacks that have come through here,” Flynn said. “It’s very humbling. I just thank everybody around me and everything. I couldn’t have done it, obviously, by myself. There’s weapons all around me, and the line did a great job. It’s one of those games where it got to a shootout, and we just kept having to match each other.”

It was an ideal afternoon for the Packers (15-1), who got to rest Rodgers and several other big-name players without losing momentum going into the playoffs.

Flynn barely got the Packers past Matthew Stafford, who threw for 520 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions for the Lions (10-6). Detroit has lost 21 straight road games to the Packers, including the postseason.

According to STATS LLC, it was the first time in NFL history opposing quarterbacks each threw for 400-plus yards and five-plus touchdowns in a game. The teams’ combined 971 net yards passing broke the record of 906 set earlier this season in a Week 1 game between New England and Miami.

Jordy Nelson had nine catches for 162 yards and three touchdowns for the Packers.


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