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Extra point: Lions' win won't slow Packers momentum

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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The Packers are expected to rest some of their key starters in Sundayís regular-season finale against the Detroit Lions, perhaps in some cases for the entire game. The Lions, meanwhile, can lock up the No. 5 seed in the NFC with a victory and are expected to play most if not all of their starters. The result could be a decisive Lions victory and an end to the Packersí 20-year victory streak over Detroit on Wisconsin soil. Could a lopsided loss have a detrimental effect on the Packers heading into the playoffs? Could the momentum gained from their 14-1 season be lost? Could the Lions use a big victory as a springboard into the playoffs, especially if they return to Green Bay for a divisional†game in two weeks? The answers to those questions: no, no and no. Itís silly to think that a Detroit victory over what would amount to the Packersí jayvee team could carry any significance into the playoffs. For hard evidence, look at the 2009 regular-season finale between the Packers and Arizona Cardinals. †The Packers played to win, while the Cardinals rested a lot of their starters. Not surprisingly, the Packers routed the Cardinals 33-7. The two teams met one week later in the wild-card round of the playoffs, and the Cardinals showed no ill effects from that one-sided loss. Arizona brought its A-team offense and beat the Packers in a shootout, 51-45, in overtime. So letís put to rest any notion that a big Detroit victory on Sunday will mean anything†come playoff time other than securing their No. 5 seed. †If someone tries to sell that theory leading into Sunday's game, tell them to take†their snake oil somewhere else.

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