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Detroit has used a little trick to get revenge on Green Bay in an NFC North final with nothing at stake.

Catcher Tom Kennedy made a reverse pitch and stopped to throw a wide-open Kalif Raymond for a 75-yard touchdown. Raymond was 10 yards behind the defense when he made the catch and ran the final 50 yards untouched.

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The Lions tied at 7-7 at the end of the first quarter. The tricky TD put the Lions tied at 7-7. They went ahead with Amon-Ra St. Brown’s 2-yard touchdown reception from Jared Goff.

Last-place Detroit has long been knocked out of the playoffs. Green Bay finished top seed in the NFC last week.

Most Valuable Player candidate Aaron Rodgers started for the Packers even though the game can’t change a thing for the playoffs. Rodgers led a 13-play drive to a touchdown on the game’s first possession.

The record season for Cincinnati Bengals rookie Ja’Marr Chase continues.

With a 24-yard reception in the first quarter at Cleveland, Chase beat Chad Johnson’s team record (1,440) for the most yards received in a single season. Chase came within 11 yards of Johnson’s mark.

He is also on the verge of setting the NFL rookie record in a single season. Bill Groman of Houston, who had 1,473 for the Oilers in 1960.

Chase’s record comes in the first 17-game NFL season.

The Bengals closed out the AFC North title last week and are sitting off several regulars, including quarterback Joe Burrow, in the regular season finale. Cincinnati will host a playoff game next week.

The NFL’s first 17-game regular season is set to wrap up, and the final game will be a playoff or recession meeting between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Las Vegas Raiders.

The AFC West rivals are chasing one of the AFC’s two remaining postseason spots in the night game.

Ben Roethlisberger still has playoff hopes in his final season, a week after the star quarterback fired in Pittsburgh. The Steelers have to beat Baltimore and hope Indianapolis loses at Jacksonville. With those two early-game results, the only thing that could keep Pittsburgh out is a Chargers-Raiders tie.

The Colts are either on a win or a draw against the Jaguars. The Ravens need a win and a lot of help.

San Francisco is on the inside track to the bottom of the seven NFC playoff spots. It will be decided during the last games.

The 49ers are with a win over the Los Angeles Rams, who have already qualified and can clinch the NFC West with a win. New Orleans comes in with a win over Atlanta and a loss to San Francisco.

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