Lions–Packers rivalry

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Detroit Lions–Green Bay Packers
Teams involved Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers
First contested November 2, 1930
Green Bay 47, Portsmouth 13
Number of meetings 168 meetings
Most recent meeting September 21, 2014
Detroit 19, Green Bay 7
Next meeting December 28, 2014
All-time series GB: leads 94–67–7
Postseason results

GB leads 2–0

  • January 8, 1994, GB 28, DET 24
  • December 31, 1994, GB 16, DET 12
Largest victory GB: 50–7 (1940)
Longest win streak
  • DET: W11 (1949–1954)
  • GB: W10 (1940–1945), (2005-2010)
Current streak DET: 2 wins (2013–)

The Lions–Packers rivalry is an NFL rivalry between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. They first met in 1930 when the Lions were known as the Portsmouth Spartans and based in Portsmouth, Ohio. The team eventually moved to Detroit for the 1934 season. The Lions and Packers have been division rivals since 1933 and have always met at least twice a season since 1932, without any cancelled games between both rivals (as of today). This is therefore the longest continuously-running rivalry in the NFL.

Notable moments and games[edit]

  • Packers 50, Lions 7 (November 24, 1940) – In the most lopsided game in the rivalry's history the Packers raced out to a 43-0 lead and would eventually prevail 50-7. The win moved the Packers to 6-4-0 and dropped the Lions to 5-5-1.[1]
  • Lions 26, Packers 14 (November 22, 1962) – The Packers entered the game 10-0 and in first place in the Western Conference. The Lions were second at 8-2. The Lions jumped out to a 23-0 halftime lead and would extend the lead to 26-0 before the Packers would score two late touchdowns. The Lions defense pounded Packers quarterback Bart Starr with 10 sacks. The game was played in Detroit on Thanksgiving and would pull the Lions within one game with one week left in the season. However, the following week the Lions lost to the Chicago Bears while the Packers would defeat the Los Angeles Rams en route to a 14-1 season and their eighth NFL championship.[2]
  • Lions 21, Packers 17 (December 15, 1991) – The Lions staved off a last minute comeback attempt by the Packers offense led by quarterback Mike Tomczak to wrap up a four-point victory over the Packers at Lambeau Field. The game remains the last time the Lions defeated the Packers in the state of Wisconsin, as the Packers currently hold a 23-game home winning streak in the series.
  • Packers 28, Lions 24 (January 8, 1994) – This was the first ever playoff meeting between these two teams. In week 17 the Lions defeated the Packers 30-20 giving them home field advantage for this game. With Green Bay trailing 24-21 late in the game Brett Favre hit Sterling Sharpe for a 40 yard touchdown pass with 55 seconds left, giving Green Bay the lead and ultimately the win. This was the first time the Lions have ever lost a home playoff game, and remains their last home playoff game to date.[3]
  • Packers 16, Lions 12 (December 31, 1994) – For the second consecutive season the Packers and Lions met in the playoffs, this time at Lambeau Field. The Packers held Barry Sanders to -1 yards rushing and the Lions to -4 yards rushing overall. The Packers would never trail as they led 10-0 at half time and would only allow 10 points in the second half before intentionally committing a safety on the last play of the game to run out the clock. This was the Packers' first victory at Lambeau Field against the Lions since 1985, and the Lions have lost every game at Lambeau since (as of 2013).[4]
  • Packers 31, Lions 21 (December 28, 2008) – The Packers defeated the Lions in week 17 and sent them to the first 0-16 season in NFL history.[5]
  • Lions 7, Packers 3 (December 12, 2010) – Aaron Rodgers was knocked out of the game before the half and would miss the rest of the game as well as the Packers next game against the Patriots. Matt Flynn led the Packers to a field goal that would give them a 3-0 lead in the 3rd quarter. The Lions would score a touchdown in the 4th and go on to win 7-3. This would force the Packers to need to win their final two games of the season to make the playoffs. They would do so and go on to win Super Bowl XLV.[6]
  • Packers 45, Lions 41 (January 1, 2012) – With the Packers having already clinched home field advantage in the playoffs, backup quarterback Matt Flynn started in place of Aaron Rodgers and went on to throw a team record six touchdown passes in a shootout victory over the Lions at Lambeau Field. This would be the highest scoring game between both rivals at 86 points, and the first time both teams met after each one accumulated at least 10 regular season victories.
  • Packers home winning streak (1992-present) – The Lions have not beaten the Packers in a road game since 1991. With the Packers' 22-9 win over the Lions on October 6, 2013, the Packers have defeated the Lions in the state of Wisconsin 23 times in a row, including a Wild Card Playoff game on December 31, 1994. The last Lions victory in Wisconsin was a 21-17 win on December 15, 1991.

Summary of results[edit]

Packers wins Ties Lions wins Packers points Lions points
Regular season 94 7 67 3,548 3,053
Postseason 2 0 0 44 36
Total 96 7 67 3,592 3,089

Updated September 21, 2014.

Game results[edit]

Lions victory Packers victory Tied game Postseason meeting

1930s (Packers 13–5–1)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
1930 Nov 2 Green Bay Packers 47–13 Portsmouth Spartans Green Bay, Wisconsin
1930 Dec 14 Portsmouth Spartans 6-6 Green Bay Packers Portsmouth, Ohio
1932 Oct 9 Green Bay Packers 15-10 Portsmouth Spartans Green Bay, Wisconsin
1932 Dec 4 Portsmouth Spartans 19-0 Green Bay Packers Portsmouth, Ohio
1933 Oct 8 Green Bay Packers 17–0 Portsmouth Spartans Green Bay, Wisconsin
1933 Nov 12 Portsmouth Spartans 7–0 Green Bay Packers Portsmouth, Ohio
1934 Oct 7 Detroit Lions 3-0 Green Bay Packers Green Bay, Wisconsin
1934 Nov 25 Green Bay Packers 3-0 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan
1935 Oct 20 Green Bay Packers 13-9 Detroit Lions Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1935 Nov 10 Green Bay Packers 14-2 Detroit Lions Green Bay, Wisconsin
1935 Nov 17 Detroit Lions 20-10 Green Bay Packers Detroit, Michigan
1936 Oct 18 Green Bay Packers 20-18 Detroit Lions Green Bay, Wisconsin
1936 Nov 29 Green Bay Packers 26-17 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan
1937 Oct 3 Green Bay Packers 26-6 Detroit Lions Green Bay, Wisconsin
1937 Oct 31 Green Bay Packers 14-13 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan
1938 Oct 9 Detroit Lions 17-7 Green Bay Packers Green Bay, Wisconsin
1938 Nov 13 Green Bay Packers 28–7 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan
1939 Oct 22 Green Bay Packers 26-7 Detroit Lions Green Bay, Wisconsin
1939 Dec 3 Green Bay Packers 12-7 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan

1940s (Packers 16–4)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
1940 Oct 20 Detroit Lions 23-14 Green Bay Packers Green Bay, Wisconsin
1940 Nov 24 Green Bay Packers 50-7 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan
1941 Sept 14 Green Bay Packers 23-0 Detroit Lions Green Bay, Wisconsin
1941 Oct 26 Green Bay Packers 24-7 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan
1942 Oct 11 Green Bay Packers 38-7 Detroit Lions Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1942 Oct 25 Green Bay Packers 28-7 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan
1943 Oct 10 Green Bay Packers 35-14 Detroit Lions Green Bay, Wisconsin
1943 Oct 24 Green Bay Packers 27-6 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan
1944 Oct 1 Green Bay Packers 27-6 Detroit Lions Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1944 Oct 29 Green Bay Packers 14-0 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan
1945 Oct 7 Green Bay Packers 57-21 Detroit Lions Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1945 Dec 2 Detroit Lions 14-3 Green Bay Packers Detroit, Michigan
1946 Oct 27 Green Bay Packers 10-7 Detroit Lions Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1946 Nov 17 Green Bay Packers 9-0 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan
1947 Oct 26 Green Bay Packers 34-17 Detroit Lions Green Bay, Wisconsin
1947 Dec 7 Green Bay Packers 35-14 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan
1948 Oct 3 Green Bay Packers 33-21 Detroit Lions Green Bay, Wisconsin
1948 Oct 31 Detroit Lions 24-20 Green Bay Packers Detroit, Michigan
1949 Oct 30 Green Bay Packers 16-14 Detroit Lions Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1949 Dec 11 Detroit Lions 21-7 Green Bay Packers Detroit, Michigan

1950s (Lions 15–4–1)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
1950 Sept 17 Detroit Lions 45-7 Green Bay Packers 20,285 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1950 Nov 19 Detroit Lions 24-21 Green Bay Packers 18,000 Detroit, Michigan
1951 Nov 4 Detroit Lions 24-17 Green Bay Packers 18,165 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1951 Nov 22 Detroit Lions 52-35 Green Bay Packers 32,247 Detroit, Michigan
1952 Oct 26 Detroit Lions 52-17 Green Bay Packers 24,656 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1952 Nov 27 Detroit Lions 48-24 Green Bay Packers 39,101 Detroit, Michigan
1953 Nov 15 Detroit Lions 14-7 Green Bay Packers 20,834 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1953 Nov 26 Detroit Lions 34-15 Green Bay Packers 52,547 Detroit, Michigan
1954 Nov 21 Detroit Lions 21-17 Green Bay Packers 20,767 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1954 Nov 25 Detroit Lions 28–24 Green Bay Packers 55,532 Detroit, Michigan
1955 Sept 25 Green Bay Packers 20-17 Detroit Lions 22,217 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1955 Nov 24 Detroit Lions 24-10 Green Bay Packers 51,685 Detroit, Michigan
1956 Sept 30 Detroit Lions 20-10 Green Bay Packers 24,668 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1956 Nov 22 Green Bay Packers 24-20 Detroit Lions 54,087 Detroit, Michigan
1957 Oct 6 Detroit Lions 24-14 Green Bay Packers 32,132 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1957 Nov 28 Detroit Lions 18-6 Green Bay Packers 54,301 Detroit, Michigan
1958 Oct 5 Green Bay Packers 13-13 Detroit Lions 32,035 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1958 Nov 27 Detroit Lions 24-14 Green Bay Packers 50,971 Detroit, Michigan
1959 Oct 4 Green Bay Packers 28-10 Detroit Lions 32,150 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1959 Nov 26 Green Bay Packers 24-17 Detroit Lions 49,221 Detroit, Michigan

1960s (Packers 11-6-3)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
1960 Oct 2 Green Bay Packers 28-9 Detroit Lions 32,150 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1960 Nov 24 Detroit Lions 23-10 Green Bay Packers 54,123 Detroit, Michigan
1961 Sept 17 Detroit Lions 17-13 Green Bay Packers 32,150 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1961 Nov 23 Green Bay Packers 17-9 Detroit Lions 43,272 Detroit, Michigan
1962 Oct 7 Green Bay Packers 9-7 Detroit Lions 38,669 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1962 Nov 22 Detroit Lions 26-14 Green Bay Packers 57,598 Detroit, Michigan
1963 Sept 22 Green Bay Packers 31-10 Detroit Lions 45,912 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1963 Nov 28 Detroit Lions 13-13 Green Bay Packers 54,016 Detroit, Michigan
1964 Sept 28 Green Bay Packers 14-10 Detroit Lions 59,203 Detroit, Michigan
1964 Nov 8 Green Bay Packers 30-7 Detroit Lions 42,327 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1965 Oct 17 Green Bay Packers 31-21 Detroit Lions 56,712 Detroit, Michigan
1965 Nov 7 Detroit Lions 12-7 Green Bay Packers 50,852 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1966 Oct 2 Green Bay Packers 23-14 Detroit Lions 50,861 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1966 Oct 30 Green Bay Packers 31-7 Detroit Lions 56,954 Detroit, Michigan
1967 Sept 17 Green Bay Packers 17-17 Detroit Lions 50,861 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1967 Oct 8 Green Bay Packers 27–17 Detroit Lions 57,877 Detroit, Michigan
1968 Sept 29 Detroit Lions 23-17 Green Bay Packers 50,681 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1968 Oct 20 Detroit Lions 14-14 Green Bay Packers 57,302 Detroit, Michigan
1969 Oct 12 Green Bay Packers 28-17 Detroit Lions 58,384 Detroit, Michigan
1969 Nov 23 Detroit Lions 16-10 Green Bay Packers 50,861 Green Bay, Wisconsin

1970s (Lions/Packers 9–9–2)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
1970 Sept 20 Detroit Lions 40-0 Green Bay Packers 56,263 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1970 Dec 20 Detroit Lions 20-0 Green Bay Packers 57,387 Detroit, Michigan
1971 Oct 10 Detroit Lions 31-28 Green Bay Packers 54,418 Detroit, Michigan
1971 Nov 1 Green Bay Packers 14-14 Detroit Lions 47,961 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1972 Oct 16 Green Bay Packers 24-23 Detroit Lions 54,418 Detroit, Michigan
1972 Dec 3 Green Bay Packers 33-7 Detroit Lions 56,263 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1973 Sept 23 Green Bay Packers 13-13 Detroit Lions 55,495 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1973 Oct 23 Detroit Lions 34-0 Green Bay Packers 43,616 Detroit, Michigan
1974 Sept 29 Green Bay Packers 21-19 Detroit Lions 47,292 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1974 Oct 27 Detroit Lions 19-17 Green Bay Packers 51,775 Detroit, Michigan
1975 Sept 21 Detroit Lions 30-16 Green Bay Packers 52,613 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1975 Nov 9 Detroit Lions 13-10 Green Bay Packers 75,283 Pontiac, Michigan
1976 Oct 3 Green Bay Packers 24-14 Detroit Lions 55,041 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1976 Oct 31 Detroit Lions 27-6 Green Bay Packers 74,992 Pontiac, Michigan
1977 Oct 16 Detroit Lions 10-6 Green Bay Packers 78,452 Pontiac, Michigan
1977 Dec 4 Green Bay Packers 10-9 Detroit Lions 56,267 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1978 Sept 3 Green Bay Packers 13-7 Detroit Lions 51,187 Pontiac, Michigan
1978 Oct 1 Green Bay Packers 35-14 Detroit Lions 54,601 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1979 Oct 14 Green Bay Packers 24-16 Detroit Lions 53,930 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1979 Dec 15 Green Bay Packers 18-13 Detroit Lions 57,376 Pontiac, Michigan

1980s (Lions 13–7)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
1980 Sept 14 Detroit Lions 29-7 Green Bay Packers 53,099 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1980 Dec 21 Detroit Lions 24-3 Green Bay Packers 75,111 Pontiac, Michigan
1981 Oct 25 Detroit Lions 31-27 Green Bay Packers 76,063 Pontiac, Michigan
1981 Dec 6 Green Bay Packers 31-17 Detroit Lions 54,481 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1982 Dec 12 Detroit Lions 30-10 Green Bay Packers 51,875 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1983 Jan 2 Detroit Lions 27-24 Green Bay Packers 64,377 Pontiac, Michigan
1983 Oct 9 Detroit Lions 38-14 Green Bay Packers 67,738 Pontiac, Michigan
1983 Nov 20 Detroit Lions 23-20 (OT) Green Bay Packers 50,050 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1984 Oct 28 Green Bay Packers 41-9 Detroit Lions 54,289 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1984 Nov 22 Detroit Lions 31-28 Green Bay Packers 63,698 Pontiac, Michigan
1985 Oct 6 Green Bay Packers 43-10 Detroit Lions 55,914 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1985 Dec 15 Green Bay Packers 26-23 Detroit Lions 49,379 Pontiac, Michigan
1986 Oct 12 Detroit Lions 21-14 Green Bay Packers 52,290 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1986 Nov 27 Green Bay Packers 44-40 Detroit Lions 61,199 Pontiac, Michigan
1987 Oct 11 Detroit Lions 19-16 (OT) Green Bay Packers 35,779 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1987 Oct 25 Green Bay Packers 34-33 Detroit Lions 27,278 Pontiac, Michigan
1988 Nov 20 Detroit Lions 19-9 Green Bay Packers 44,327 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1988 Dec 4 Detroit Lions 30-14 Green Bay Packers 28,124 Pontiac, Michigan
1989 Oct 29 Green Bay Packers 23-20 (OT) Detroit Lions 53,731 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1989 Nov 12 Detroit Lions 31-22 Green Bay Packers 44,324 Pontiac, Michigan

1990s (Packers 13–9)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
1990 Sept 30 Green Bay Packers 24-21 Detroit Lions 64,509 Pontiac, Michigan
1990 Dec 22 Detroit Lions 24-17 Green Bay Packers 46,700 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1991 Sept 8 Detroit Lions 23-14 Green Bay Packers 43,132 Pontiac, Michigan
1991 Dec 15 Detroit Lions 21-17 Green Bay Packers 43,881 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1992 Nov 1 Green Bay Packers 27-13 Detroit Lions 60,594 Pontiac, Michigan
1992 Dec 6 Green Bay Packers 38-10 Detroit Lions 49,469 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1993 Nov 21 Green Bay Packers 26-17 Detroit Lions 55,119 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1994 Jan 2 Detroit Lions 30-20 Green Bay Packers 77,510 Pontiac, Michigan
1994 Jan 8 Green Bay Packers 28-24 Detroit Lions 68,479 Pontiac, Michigan
1994 Nov 6 Green Bay Packers 38-30 Detroit Lions 54,995 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1994 Dec 4 Detroit Lions 34-31 Green Bay Packers 76,338 Pontiac, Michigan
1994 Dec 31 Green Bay Packers 16-12 Detroit Lions 58,125 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1995 Oct 15 Green Bay Packers 30-21 Detroit Lions 60,302 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1995 Oct 29 Detroit Lions 24-16 Green Bay Packers 73,462 Pontiac, Michigan
1996 Nov 3 Green Bay Packers 28-18 Detroit Lions 60,695 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1996 Dec 15 Green Bay Packers 31-3 Detroit Lions 73,214 Pontiac, Michigan
1997 Sept 28 Detroit Lions 26-15 Green Bay Packers 78,110 Pontiac, Michigan
1997 Nov 2 Green Bay Packers 20-10 Detroit Lions 60,126 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1998 Sept 6 Green Bay Packers 38-19 Detroit Lions 60,102 Green Bay, Wisconsin
1998 Oct 15 Detroit Lions 27-20 Green Bay Packers 77,932 Pontiac, Michigan
1999 Sept 19 Detroit Lions 23-15 Green Bay Packers 76,202 Pontiac, Michigan
1999 Nov 21 Green Bay Packers 26-17 Detroit Lions 59,869 Green Bay, Wisconsin

2000s (Packers 17–3)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
2000 Oct 8 Detroit Lions 31-14 Green Bay Packers 77,549 Pontiac, Michigan
2000 Dec 10 Green Bay Packers 26-13 Detroit Lions 59,854 Green Bay, Wisconsin
2001 Sept 9 Green Bay Packers 28-6 Detroit Lions 59,523 Green Bay, Wisconsin
2001 Nov 22 Green Bay Packers 29-27 Detroit Lions 77,730 Pontiac, Michigan
2002 Sept 22 Green Bay Packers 37-31 Detroit Lions 61,505 Detroit, Michigan
2002 Nov 10 Green Bay Packers 40-14 Detroit Lions 63,313 Green Bay, Wisconsin
2003 Sept 14 Green Bay Packers 31-6 Detroit Lions 70,244 Green Bay, Wisconsin
2003 Nov 27 Detroit Lions 22-14 Green Bay Packers 62,123 Detroit, Michigan
2004 Oct 17 Green Bay Packers 38-10 Detroit Lions 62,938 Detroit, Michigan
2004 Dec 12 Green Bay Packers 16-13 Detroit Lions 70,497 Green Bay, Wisconsin
2005 Sept 11 Detroit Lions 17-3 Green Bay Packers 61,877 Detroit, Michigan
2005 Dec 11 Green Bay Packers 16-13 (OT) Detroit Lions 70,019 Green Bay, Wisconsin
2006 Sept 24 Green Bay Packers 31-24 Detroit Lions 61,095 Detroit, Michigan
2006 Dec 17 Green Bay Packers 17-9 Detroit Lions 70,472 Green Bay, Wisconsin
2007 Nov 22 Green Bay Packers 37-26 Detroit Lions 63,257 Detroit, Michigan
2007 Dec 30 Green Bay Packers 34-13 Detroit Lions 70,869 Green Bay, Wisconsin
2008 Sept 14 Green Bay Packers 48-25 Detroit Lions 60,285 Detroit, Michigan
2008 Dec 28 Green Bay Packers 31-21 Detroit Lions 70,141 Green Bay, Wisconsin
2009 Oct 18 Green Bay Packers 26-0 Detroit Lions 70,801 Green Bay, Wisconsin
2009 Nov 26 Green Bay Packers 34-12 Detroit Lions 57,383 Detroit, Michigan

2010s (Packers 6-3)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location
2010 Oct 3 Green Bay Packers 28-26 Detroit Lions 70,729 Green Bay, Wisconsin
2010 Dec 12 Detroit Lions 7-3 Green Bay Packers 57,659 Detroit, Michigan
2011 Nov 24 Green Bay Packers 27-15 Detroit Lions 66,263 Detroit, Michigan
2012 Jan 1 Green Bay Packers 45-41 Detroit Lions 70,294 Green Bay, Wisconsin
2012 Nov 18 Green Bay Packers 24-20 Detroit Lions 63,716 Detroit, Michigan
2012 Dec 9 Green Bay Packers 27-20 Detroit Lions 70,382 Green Bay, Wisconsin
2013 Oct 6 Green Bay Packers 22-9 Detroit Lions 78,200 Green Bay, Wisconsin
2013 Nov 28 Detroit Lions 40-10 Green Bay Packers 64,934 Detroit, Michigan
2014 Sept 21 Detroit Lions 19-7 Green Bay Packers Detroit, Michigan

See also[edit]

Other rivalries involving the two teams:

References[edit]