Rodgers out, Matt Flynn in for the Packers

With the No. 1 seed in the NFC all locked up and nothing left to play for, the Green Bay Packers have decided there’s no sense in taking any unnecessary risks.

According to NFL.com, Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been ruled inactive for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions. Backup Matt Flynn will get his first start of the season.

Aaron RodgersPackers quarterback Aaron Rodgers can start looking ahead to the postseason.

Rodgers will end the year with 15 games played and one of the most prolific quarterback stat lines in NFL history. For the season, the seven-year veteran out of California completed 68.3% of his passes for 4,643 yards and 45 touchdowns with just six interceptions. In addition, Rodgers’ QB Rating of 122.5 will go down as an NFL record. Colts signal-caller Peyton Manning previously held the top spot with a season-long rating of 121.1 achieved back in 2004.

In addition to Rodgers, cornerback Charles Woodson, linebacker Clay Matthews and offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga have been ruled out for Sunday.

The Rodgers news had an immediate impact in Las Vegas Sunday morning, as the Detroit Lions went from 3.5-point favorites to 6.5-point favorites after word broke that Flynn would get the start.

This is clearly good news for the Lions, who can clinch the No. 5 seed in the NFC and avoid a potential first-round date with the New Orleans Saints by pulling off their first win at Lambeau Field since 1991.

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