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Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan Attendance: 64,934
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
- At home against the Vikings last week, the Packers played their first tie game in 26 years, a 26-26 standoff in which each team kicked a field goal on its first possession of overtime. The Packers trailed, 23-7, early in the fourth quarter, but scored 16 unanswered points in the final quarter -- 10 in the final 3:30 of regulation -- to force the extra period. Matt Flynn led the comeback for GB, coming off the bench in place of Scott Tolzien and passing for 218 yards and a TD. After overtime field goals by GB's Mason Crosby (20 yards) and the Vikings' Blair Walsh (35 yards), neither offense crossed midfield until the Vikings completed a pass to the Green Bay 45-yard line as time expired in the stalemate.
- With Matthew Stafford throwing four interceptions, the Lions lost at home to Buccaneers last week, 24-21. The game featured six lead changes, the last coming courtesy of an 85-yard TD pass from TB's Mike Glennon to Tiquan Underwood early in the fourth quarter. The Lions were guilty of five total giveaways and had a punt blocked, negating a 390-229 advantage in total yards. Stafford threw three TD passes, and Calvin Johnson had seven catches for 115 yards in defeat.
- Thursday's game will be the 21st Thanksgiving meeting all-time between the Packers and Lions; no other teams have squared off as many times on Turkey Day. GB has won 15 of the last 16 overall meetings between the two longtime rivals, dating back to 2005. The Lions' only win over GB in that stretch was a 7-3 decision on December 12, 2010, in a game in which Matthew Stafford did not play, and Aaron Rodgers was forced from the game with an injury.
- Matt Flynn's last start came on January 1, 2012 against the Lions (Week 17 of the '11 season); Flynn threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns in a 45-41 Green Bay win. Prior to last week, Flynn had played in only five games since then, starting only once (Week 4 this season for Oakland).
- Matthew Stafford is 0-6 all-time against Green Bay, and his home numbers against the Pack are woeful: three TD passes, nine interceptions and a 50.5 rating. Stafford has been sacked only four times in 227 pass plays at home in 2013.
- The Packers (6.26) and Lions (5.95) rank second and sixth, respectively, in yards per play in 2013. Green Bay is averaging 139.9 rush yards per game, its highest since 2003, while the Lions yield only 88.0 rushing yards per contest -- lowest for a Detroit team in 43 years.
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By KEVIN CHROUST
(AP) -- Exit Aaron Rodgers for three weeks, and the NFC North has suddenly overtaken the NFC East as football's most up-for-grabs division.
Two of its three five-loss teams will try to further establish themselves Thursday when Matt Flynn leads the visiting Green Bay Packers against the Detroit Lions with much more than a drumstick at stake.
The Packers' quarterback situation has mirrored the division's uncertainty since Rodgers went down with a broken left collarbone Nov. 4 against Chicago. Rodgers has been ruled out for a third straight game despite returning to practice this week, leaving Green Bay's hopes of matching the Lions and Bears for a division-best six wins in the hands of its fourth starting signal-caller this season.
Coach Mike McCarthy waited until Wednesday to announce Flynn would be his new starter. Though Scott Tolzien started the last two games, it was Flynn who took over midway through the third quarter Sunday and led the team back from a 16-point, second-half deficit in a 26-26 tie with Minnesota.
The Packers (5-5-1) are 0-3-1 since Rodgers got hurt.
"I've been hitting the playbook hard and studying, and asking a lot of questions from Aaron, all the receivers, linemen - how they want things called, and how they want the operation to go," Flynn said. "So I feel good."
Tolzien, who took over for the injured Seneca Wallace on Nov. 11 against Philadelphia, has lost the job to Flynn after combining for one touchdown pass and five interceptions in his two starts and one relief appearance.
Flynn, playing his first game with the Packers since backing up Rodgers from 2008-11, went 21 of 36 for 218 yards and a touchdown Sunday.
"I'm very comfortable. Feel good with the playbook, feel good with the game plan, and I feel ready to go," said Flynn, who re-signed with Green Bay on Nov. 12. "You know, I'm light years ahead of where I would be three weeks into any other system obviously because of the time I spent here."
Green Bay has averaged 18.0 points in the last four weeks, tied for 25th in the league. Through Week 8, the Packers were third in the league with Rodgers at 30.3 points per game.
A win would vault the Packers past the Lions (6-5), who haven't been able to take advantage of their division foe's misfortune or their own seemingly soft schedule.
Detroit has lost consecutive games for the first time this year, and they've come against Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, which have a combined 8-14 record. But both of those teams have won three in a row.
The Lions now face a Green Bay team that has gone winless in four straight for the first time since a five-game losing streak in 2008. Detroit, however, has lost nine straight Thanksgiving Day games since a win over the Packers in 2003.
"I think we all need to remind ourselves, like we did yesterday, that the fact is that there's five games remaining, and we're in first place," Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said Monday. "We need to conduct ourselves accordingly, and we can't worry what happened last week, we can't worry about what happened yesterday. We need to worry about what's going to happen in the future. I like our team's mindset."
The Lions haven't exactly had the same quarterback of late, either. Matthew Stafford threw at least four interceptions for the first time since Nov. 13, 2011, in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Buccaneers.
He'd thrown eight in the previous 10 games this season with just one multi-interception game.
Accuracy has been an issue as Stafford has completed a league-worst 49.6 percent of his throws this month in three games after connecting on 62.4 percent through Week 8.
The off day against the Bucs came despite the return of one of Stafford's top targets, Nate Burleson. The Lions' No. 2 wide receiver had seven catches on 10 targets for 77 yards and a touchdown in his first game since Sept. 22 after breaking his left arm in a car accident.
After Sunday's loss, running back Reggie Bush said it was time for a players-only meeting. Stafford didn't agree.
"I don't think it's necessary," Stafford said. "This is a team I've been around for a while, and we have strong leaders on this team. We can get it taken care of just in individual groups. We've got leaders at every position, and guys know what it takes to win in this league."
This week, it'll take snapping a five-game skid against the Packers, which includes a 22-9 loss in Green Bay on Oct. 6. It was the Lions' only game without a touchdown and the only time they've been held under 21 points as Stafford was sacked a season-high five times.
However, that was the only game Calvin Johnson has missed, and he's had 505 yards receiving in his last three matchups with the Packers. The All-Pro wideout has an NFL-best 1,198 yards, including 861 over the past five weeks with seven of his 42 catches going for touchdowns.
Slowing him or Burleson down could fall on Packers cornerback Sam Shields, who is expected to return after missing two games with a hamstring injury.
Detroit is 1-15 against the Packers since Dec. 11, 2005, and Stafford has never beaten them. He's 0-6 with 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions since entering the league in 2009. The one win against the Packers in his time with the team was led by then-backup Drew Stanton.
Updated November 27, 2013