DETROIT (9-7) AT
GREEN BAY (13-3)
11 a.m. (TV: Ch. 13)
SERIES RECORD - Lions lead 69-59-7.
LAST TIME MET - Packers beat Lions 20-10 on Nov. 2, 1997, in Green Bay.
LIONS OFFENSE - RUSH (No. 2), PASS (No. 12), OVERALL (No. 2)
PACKERS OFFENSE - RUSH (No. 12), PASS (No. 3), OVERALL (No. 4)
LIONS DEFENSE - RUSH (No. 18), PASS (No. 13), OVERALL (No. 14)
PACKERS DEFENSE - RUSH (No. 20), PASS (No. 8), OVERALL (No. 7)
THE LOWDOWN - Detroit has Barry Sanders, who has rushed for 100 or more yards in an NFL-record 15 straight games. Packers have three-time MVP Brett Favre. He's the difference as Green Bay wins 24th straight at home.
PACKERS 24, LIONS 16
Brett Favre and Barry Sanders are used to sharing the spotlight. Last year's co-MVPs will do it again at Lambeau Field.
In the first matchup of reigning MVPs in NFL history, Favre's Green Bay Packers face Sanders and the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
While fans argued over the shared honor, the debate didn't filter down to Favre or Sanders.
"Sure, I'd like to win it outright, but I can't complain," said Favre, who also won the award in 1995 and 96. "I'm sharing it with probably the best running back to ever play the game. In 40 years, I can look back and say I shared it with a great person, a great player."
Sanders, 222 yards short of joining Walter Payton as the only NFL players to rush for 14,000 yards, became only the third player in league history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season.
"I didn't mind sharing it," said Sanders, who rushed for 2,053 yards last season and topped the 100-yard mark a record 14 consecutive times. "That was my first MVP, and I'll take it any way I can get it. I had a great year, and Brett had a great year."
Since 1957, when the award was first presented, there were co-MVPs just one other time, in 1960, when Philadelphia quarterback Norm Van Brocklin shared the honor with Lions linebacker Joe Schmidt.
But Van Brocklin retired after the season, denying fans the head-to-head MVP matchup when the teams faced each other twice in 1961.
Will Sunday's matchup serve as a tie-breaker for Favre and Sanders?
"I doubt it," Favre said. "I don't think head-to-head I can compete with him."