Historic Lions Losing Streak on the Line Against Packers

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The Green Bay Packers were hoping to head into the final game of the season against the Lions with a 15-game winning streak and a chance at perfection. That streak ended two weeks ago, but another streak will be on the line on Sunday -- the Lions haven't won in Wisconsin in 20 years.

ESPN points out that the last time the Lions won at Lambeau or Milwaukee (where the Packers used to play some home games) was in 1991, a season in which the Lions finished 12-4 and the Packers were 4-12.

The Elias Sports Bureau says the Lions 19-game road losing streak is the longest of its kind against a single opponent in league history.

"I think it had a lot to do with the guys they had playing quarterback since 1991 more than anything," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said.

The Lions have a good chance of breaking the streak this year. The Packers have nothing to play for and will likely rest many of their starters, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers, at some point during the game.

Detroit has a lot to play for. A win would clinch the fifth playoff seed and a matchup with the winner of the weak NFC East, either the struggling Cowboys or the reeling Giants. If the Lions lose and the Falcons win, Detroit would have to play either the 49ers or the Saints, which both go into the final weekend with identical 12-3 records.