This is the first time since 2008 the Packers are not going to playoffs.
Heading into Week 17, the Detroit Lions had next to nothing to play for.
Despite the victory, and posting his third winning season in four years, it appears that head coach Jim Caldwell has likely coached his last game for the Lions.
Stafford is enjoying another strong season in Detroit. According to various sources, Detroit is expected to fire Caldwell soon. The Lions are also out of the playoffs.
Lions: Stafford, with a lot of tape covering his right cleat, stayed in the game after hurting his right ankle on his second touchdown when DT Tom Johnson fell on him. He came into Sunday ranked fourth in the National Football League in passing yards, tied for seventh in passing touchdowns and eighth in quarterback rating. His top wide receiver, Golden Tate, caught seven passes for 104 yards and a score. One quick stiff arm later and Golladay was gliding into the end zone for the touchdown. Rookie running back Tion Green rushed for a team-high 21 yards on nine carries.
Latavius Murray had 84 yards rushing and a 2-yard score, giving the Vikings a 27-10 lead early in the third quarter. Ezekiel Ansah, healthy and hungry for a new contract, accounted for three of those sacks to bring his season total to 12.
When the job becomes open, keep an eye on Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, a hire that would allow the Lions to keep the offensive side of the ball mostly in place. The 2016 Pro Bowler has struggled to create impact plays.