GREEN BAY, Wis. - Aaron Rodgers is limping into the playoffs with a smile.
Green Bay's franchise quarterback threw two touchdown passes to Randall Cobb, Eddie Lacy gashed Detroit's defense for 100 yards, and the Packers claimed a fourth straight NFC North title with a 30-20 victory Sunday.
Maligned by a left calf injury, Rodgers will appreciate a week off after the win, as the Packers (12-4) earned a bye. Detroit (11-5) start the postseason at Dallas next week.
Rodgers was carted to the locker room after tossing his first score to Cobb late in the second quarter.
He hobbled back onto the field in the third quarter with the game tied at 14. He led Green Bay on a seven-play, 60-yard drive that ended with a 13-yard score to Cobb with 3 minutes, 33 seconds left in the quarter. The Packers didn't look back from there.
"It's clearly an MVP performance - another MVP performance - by Aaron Rodgers," coach Mike McCarthy said. Rodgers also won the award in 2011.
Rodgers plunged forward across the goal line from 1 yard out with 8:45 left to help Green Bay regain a two-touchdown lead. "MVP! MVP" chanted adoring fans while light snow dusted Lambeau Field.
Rodgers finished 17 of 22 for 226 yards. He was out of the game for about a seven-minute stretch between the second and third quarters. In between, receiver Calvin Johnson had touchdown catches of 4 and 20 yards on consecutive drives to help the Lions roar back from a 14-0 deficit.
Detroit hasn't won a division title since 1993. It hasn't won a road game against the Packers since 1991. For a few moments while Rodgers was out, it looked like both those streaks might come to an end.
Instead, the Packers were celebrating again at Lambeau. They finished the regular season 8-0 at home.
The Lions did draw to within 30-20 with 1:45 left after Matthew Stafford connected with Theo Riddick for a 6-yard touchdown pass. But Riddick's two-point conversion run failed, Tramon Williams recovered the ensuing onside kick, and Green Bay ran out the clock.
Packers 30, Lions 20
Detroit 0 7 7 6 – 20
Green Bay 7 7 7 9 – 30
GB–Hyde 55 punt return (Crosby kick), 4:49.
GB–Cobb 4 pass from A.Rodgers (Crosby kick), 2:24.
Det–C.Johnson 20 pass from Stafford (Prater kick), :24.
Det–C.Johnson 4 pass from Stafford (Prater kick), 7:34.
GB–Cobb 13 pass from A.Rodgers (Crosby kick), 3:33.
GB–A.Rodgers 1 run (Crosby kick), 8:45.
GB–Team safety, 2:32.
Det–Riddick 6 pass from Stafford (run failed), 1:45.
First downs 23 24
Total Net Yards 313 377
Rushes-yards 23-111 38-152
Passing 202 225
Punt Returns 1-14 1-55
Kickoff Returns 5-126 1-0
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0
Comp-Att-Int 20-41-0 18-23-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 2-15 1-7
Punts 4-38.0 3-39.0
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-2
Penalties-Yards 10-53 5-40
Time of Possession 25:42 34:18
Rushing: Detroit, Bell 13-60, Stafford 4-29, Bush 5-19, Collins 1-3. Green Bay, Lacy 26-100, Starks 5-26, A.Rodgers 2-14, Kuhn 3-6, Cobb 2-6.
Passing: Detroit, Stafford 20-41-0-217. Green Bay, Flynn 1-1-0-6, A.Rodgers 17-22-0-226.
Receiving: Detroit, Riddick 5-34, C.Johnson 4-39, Tate 3-45, Bush 3-22, Ebron 2-38, Ross 2-33, Collins 1-6. Green Bay, Nelson 6-86, R.Rodgers 5-40, Cobb 4-80, Lacy 3-26.
Missed Field Goals: Green Bay, Crosby 52 (BK).