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|Following their big win against the Lions, the Packers take a seat in the examination room.|
The Lions' 502 net passing yards pushed the Packers' defense into the record books. They allowed more passing yards — 4,796 — than any team in NFL history this season. That fact will dominate whatever level of public hand-wringing that occurs during the next few weeks. But rarely do you hear this second part, and I'm not sure why. The Packers led the NFL with 31 interceptions, eight more than the next-best team, and opponents had an 80.6 passer rating against them. At some point, like it or not, people need to accept that the Packers give up a lot of passing yards and have won 15 games by making up for it via turnovers. It's not a fool-proof formula. If a team plays a near-perfect game, like the Kansas City Chiefs did in Week 15, the Packers can be beat. But what NFL team has every possible vulnerability locked down?