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WEEK IN REVIEW: Lions prepare for season finale vs. Packers

The Lions are preparing for their season finale Sunday at Ford Field against the division Rival Green Bay Packers.

Both teams are playing for very different goals: The Packers can clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs with a win, while the Lions are looking to play the spoiler role.

"What do we have to lose? We're just going to go and throw our best shot at them and give them everything we got," Lions quarterback David Blough said.

"They are playing for a lot, but so are we. Pride means something around here and these guys are going to fight."

The Lions want to end the season on a good note, and the best way to do that is with a win.

"Every game I play in, I want to win," linebacker Devon Kennard said. "There's only one left. Green Bay's had a great year, but the loss we took (23-22 in Week 6) that one still stings.

"I think about it. Being able to beat them would be a good thing for us. It would make this year feel a little better – at least walking out of here at the end of the week.

"So, yeah ... I'm looking forward to it."

TAVAI TO IR

The Lions announced Monday that rookie linebacker Jahlani Tavai was headed to Reserve/Injured after injuring his shoulder in the Lions' loss to the Broncos in Denver.

Head coach Matt Patricia confirmed it is the same shoulder Tavai injured his senior year at Hawaii. It's not clear at this time if this injury will cause Tavai to miss any of the offseason training program.

With just one game left in the season, the Lions will need guys like Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Steve Longa to step up and help fill Tavai's role.

"We have a lot of packages that are up defensively, and those guys had to fill a couple of different roles from maybe different linebacker types to different third-down packages, things like that, to goal-line packages," Patricia said. "Those guys are really good during the course of the week. They really pay attention, they understand that injuries can happen and there could be a situation where they might be up."

The team also signed linebacker Anthony Pittman to the active roster from the practice squad Friday.

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