It’s a coveted place 31 other NFL teams would like to be.

First-round playoff bye locked up as the conference’s No. 1 seed with one regular-season game remaining.

The Green Bay Packers are in this enviable position and face the scrappy Lions in Detroit in the regular-season finale at Ford Field Sunday.

The North Division rivalry contest at 12 noon will be televised exclusively in Western Wisconsin on FOX 25/48.

Head coach Matt La Fleur said in a press conference earlier this week that his team going to Detroit to win a football game.  He has weighed the analytics of NFL teams in the past that have played their starters for none, part, or all of a meaningless finale with top seed clinched.

Rest versus a loss of momentum with the NFC Divisional playoff at Lambeau slated for the weekend of January 22-23.

The potential for injury.  The wishes of his players.  The flow of the Lions game.

La Fleur has many factors to consider on the playing time of his starters, including Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, Aaron Jones, MVS, Kenny Clark, Rashan Gary, Preston Smith, De’Vondre Campbell, and Adrian Amos.

Green Bay is hoping several injured starters are able to return for the divisional playoff.

Ruled out of the Detroit game are Jaire Alexander, activated off COVID 19 list a few hours ago, receiver Randall Cobb, and linebacker Za’Darius Smith.  But left tackle David Bakhtiari has practiced this week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, and center

Josh Myers, who has missed 10 straight games, may see action.

The Packers, 13-3, look to end the season on a high note with the second-most victories in franchise history in the regular season.

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Packers 27, Lions 24

This game means nothing and Packers starters will see limited action.  Detroit is scrappy and tough at home and Green Bay has started slowly at Ford Field under La Fleur, but Packers again find a way to win.