Detroit Lions (4-5) 27, Green Bay Packers (5-3-1) 24
Sunday January 2nd 1983 (at Detroit)
(DETROIT) - Rookie TE Rob Rubick scored his first NFL touchdown on a 2-yard reverse with 5:47 left to play as Detroit edged Green Bay 27-24 to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 1970. Backup QB Eric Hippie replaced starting Detroit QB Gary Danielson with 10:34 left and promptly directed the Lions on the game winning 60-yard drive. He completed all three passes on the drive, including an 18-yarder to TE David Hill that set up Rubick's touchdown. Combined with the Los Angeles Rams' 21-20 upset victory over defending Super Bowl champion San Francisco, the Lions ended the season at 4-5 to qualify for one of eight playoff spots in the NFC. Green Bay took the lead 24-20 early in the final quarter when rookie Del Rodgers recovered a fumble by teammate Gerry Ellis in Detroit's end zone. Before being yanked for Hipple, Danielson tossed scoring strikes of 9 yards to Hill and 25 yards to WR Leonard Thompson in the first quarter. Green Bay QB Lynn Dickey hit WR James Lofton for a 17-yard touchdown pass, also in the first quarter. Detroit's Eddie Murray booted a 49-yard field goal in the second quarter, then hit a 28-yard kick in the third quarter. Green Bay's other scores came on an 11-yard run by Eddie Lee Ivery in the third quarter and a 48-yard field goal by Jan Stenerud also in the third quarter. For the Packers, the loss mean they would have the third seed in the playoffs. A win would have given them the second seed and home field for the first two rounds.
GREEN BAY -  7  7 10  0 - 24
DETROIT   - 14  3  3  7 - 27
                       GREEN BAY       DETROIT
First downs                   17            23
Rush-yards-TDs           30-94-1      32-127-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 13-26-188-1-4 20-35-252-2-1
Sacked-yards                 1-6          2-11
Net pass yards               182           241
Total yards                  276           368
Fumbles-lost                 2-0           5-2
Turnovers                      4             3
Penalties-yards             6-53          7-54
SCORING
1st - DET - David Hill, 9-yd pass from Gary Danielson (Eddie Murray kick) DETROIT 7-0
1st - GB - Lofton, 17-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) TIED 7-7
1st - DET - Leonard Thompson, 25-yd pass from Danielson (Murray kick) DETROIT 14-7
2nd - DET - Murray, 49-yard field goal DETROIT 17-7
2nd - GB - Ivery, 11-yard run (Stenerud kick) DETROIT 17-14
3rd - DET - Murray, 48-yard field goal DETROIT 20-14
3rd - GB - Stenerud, 48-yard field goal DETROIT 20-17
3rd - GB - Rodgers, fumble recovery in the end zone GREEN BAY 24-20
4th - DET - Rob Rubick, 1-yard run (Murray kick) DETROIT 27-24
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Eddie Lee Ivery 12-35 1 TD, Gerry Ellis 9-28, Lynn Dickey 3-16, Del Rodgers 6-15
DETROIT - Billy Sims 14-64, Eric Hipple 4-21, Horace King 5-18, Leonard Thompson 1-13, Gary Danielson 4-9, Dexter Bussey 2-7, Rob Rubick 1-1 1 TD, Freddie Scott 1-(-6)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 26-13-188 1 TD 4 INT
DETROIT - Gary Danielson 31-16-199 2 TD 1 INT, Eric Hipple 4-4-53
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - James Lofton 7-128 1 TD, Paul Coffman 3-23, Eddie Lee Ivery 1-14, John Jefferson 1-12, Gerry Ellis 1-11
DETROIT - Billy Sims 5-32, David Hill 4-44 1 TD, Freddie Scott 3-51, Horace King 3-36, Leonard Thompson 2-42 1 TD, Tracy Porter 1-23, Robbie Martin 1-18, Rick Kane 1-6