Final

Lions 21

(0-16, 0-8 away)

Packers 31

(6-10, 4-4 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, December 28, 2008

Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI 

1 2 3 4 T
DET 0 7 7 721
GB 14 0 0 1731

Top Performers

Passing: A. Rodgers (GB) - 308 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: D. Wynn (GB) - 7 CAR, 106 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Driver (GB) - 6 REC, 111 YDS, 1 TD

Lions first NFL team to finish 0-16

ESPN.com news services

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Nobody will remember the Detroit Lions came close to winning their last game. All anyone will know -- now and forever -- is 0-16.

Fast Facts

• Detroit became the first team since the inception of the 16-game schedule (1978) to go 0-16.

• The Lions have lost 17 straight dating back to last season (matching the fifth longest streak in NFL history), and they have lost their last 17 road games against the Packers in the state of Wisconsin. (Detroit hasn't won in Wisconsin since 1991).

• Aaron Rodgers finished his first season as Green Bay's starting quarterback with 4,038 passing yards.

• Both Donald Driver (111) and Greg Jennings (101) had 100 receiving yards and Ryan Grant and DeShawn Wynn each had 106 yards rushing.

-- ESPN research

• Rapid Reaction

The worst record in NFL history, a dubious distinction that will permanently stain everyone involved.

The Lions lost to the Green Bay Packers 31-21 on Sunday, making them the first team to go winless through a 16-game season. The 1976 expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-14) were the last NFL team to complete a season without a victory.

"I've got to live with this," center Dominic Raiola said. "I've been here eight years. This is on my resume."

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It's also on the resume of Lions coach Rod Marinelli, who faces an uncertain future.

"No competitor wants to go through something like this," Marinelli said. "This is not fun to go through, obviously. But there's people going through a lot worse than this."

Asked if he was glad it was over, the coach said "no. I could go another 16."

Marinelli told reporters that he expected to have a routine Monday -- watch film of Sunday's game, meet with the team and then with owner William Clay Ford Sr. later in the day.

Marinelli has gone 10-38 in three seasons. His future has not been announced, but Ford has decided the leaders of the front office, Martin Mayhew and Tom Lewand, will be back in some capacity.

The Lions' last loss didn't come without a fight. After falling behind 24-14 midway through the fourth quarter, Kevin Smith's 9-yard touchdown run put Detroit back within a field goal.

But Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers responded with a 71-yard touchdown pass to Donald Driver and the Lions' Dan Orlovsky threw an interception on fourth-and-27 with 3 minutes left, dooming Detroit to futility of historic proportion.

"It's just kind of numb," veteran kicker Jason Hanson said. "It's here. It's been coming, though, a train rolling down the tracks for a while. We tried to stop it. We couldn't."

The Lions were building toward this for years and now have lost 23 of their last 24 games. The 0-16 record will be a lasting testimony to the Matt Millen era. With Millen as president of the team from 2001 until he was fired on Sept. 24, Detroit won only 31 games -- none this year, of course.

It's so bad that some Lions can't remember the last time they won.

"I don't ever want to be a part of this again," Orlovsky said. "We haven't won since, November of '07, maybe? I don't even know the last time we won a game."

The Lions haven't won since Dec. 23, 2007, actually, when they beat Kansas City. Green Bay is where this woeful streak began at the end of last season. Since then, the Lions have lost 17 straight and have been outscored 551-281.

Orlovsky was 22-of-42 for 225 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Lions, whose bid to steer clear of the record book came undone in large part because of ill-advised penalties.

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Rodgers was 21-of-31 for 308 yards and three touchdowns for the Packers (6-10), and Ryan Grant and DeShawn Wynn rushed for 106 yards each.

After a disappointing season of their own, Rodgers said the Packers wanted a win to build momentum for next season. Left unsaid was that they didn't want to be the only team to lose to the Lions this year.

"We didn't want to lose, no, we didn't," Rodgers said. "But really it's not on your mind once the game starts. I didn't even think about it until the fans started chanting in the fourth quarter. They played hard, they really did."

Packers coach Mike McCarthy didn't want any part of the 0-16 discussion.

"I want to politely try to avoid the question here," McCarthy said. "That's tough. That's a tough deal. But we were focused on winning the game."

With the Lions trailing 14-7 early in the third quarter, safety Kalvin Pearson then put a hard hit on Grant to cause a fumble, and recovered the ball at the Packers 11.

Calvin Johnson caught a pass from Orlovsky and broke three tackling attempts to score a tying 14-yard touchdown with 10:20 left in the third quarter.

But the Packers drove for a 36-yard field goal by Mason Crosby early in the fourth quarter. After a three-and-out by Detroit's offense, Lions linebacker Ernie Sims' penalty for a late hit out of bounds on Grant played a key role on a drive that ended with a 5-yard pass from Rodgers to fullback John Kuhn.

The Lions weren't finished, as Orlovsky used two long completions to John Standeford to set up Smith's touchdown with 8:34 left. After the ensuing kickoff, Rodgers reared back and threw deep to Driver, who blew past Lions cornerback Leigh Bodden and ran in for a touchdown.

Orlovsky led the Lions back into Packers territory, but a taunting penalty on Smith moved the Lions back near midfield and Orlovsky threw an interception to Nick Collins.

"It was a very bad, selfish decision," Smith said. "I let my emotions get the best of me. It was tough, but it is no excuse."

Perhaps more than anything, the penalties got Raiola riled up.

"Stupid," Raiola said. "You know, just uncalled for. You're in a game like that, you can't do that. Just dumb."

And very much like the Lions.

Game notes


Green Bay's Driver and Greg Jennings each had 100 yards receiving Sunday. Combined with Grant and Wynn's 100-yard rushing days, it is the first time in league history a team has had a pair of 100-yard rushers and 100-yard receivers in a single game, according to Elias. ... Packers rookie TE Jermichael Finley caught his first career touchdown pass in the first quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Detroit
Green Bay
1st Downs1920
3rd down efficiency
5-175-12
4th down efficiency
4-50-2
Total Yards316484
Yards per play4.47.8
Total Drives22
Passing220273
Comp-Att
22-4221-31
Yards per pass
5.28.8
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-54-35
Rushing96211
Rushing Attempts
2927
Yards per rush
3.37.8
Penalties5-606-60
Turnovers21
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
20
Possession30:0229:58

Passing Leaders

DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Orlovsky22/422255.4221-5
GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rodgers21/313089.9304-35

Rushing Leaders

DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith28923.3111
Felton144.004
GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grant191065.6021
Wynn710615.1173

Receiving Leaders

DETRECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson910211.3236
Standeford38227.3036
GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Driver611118.5171
Jennings510120.2047

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDETGB
TD08:49DeShawn Wynn 73 Yd Run (Mason Crosby Kick) 07
TD01:29Jermichael Finley 3 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERDETGB
TD11:17Calvin Johnson 9 Yd Pass From Dan Orlovsky (Jason Hanson Kick) 714
THIRD QUARTERDETGB
TD10:20Calvin Johnson 14 Yd Pass From Dan Orlovsky (Jason Hanson Kick) 1414
FOURTH QUARTERDETGB
FG13:34Mason Crosby 36 Yd 1417
TD08:34John Kuhn 5 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 1424
TD07:32Kevin Smith 9 Yd Run (Jason Hanson Kick) 2124
TD07:16Donald Driver 71 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 2131