The Detroit Lions started the season so poorly — losing their first five games — there was talk about whether they could become the second team in franchise and NFL history to go 0-16.
Just before falling to 1-7, the Lions fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and promoted Jim Bob Cooter to replace him.
Team owner Martha Firestone Ford, unlike her late husband, didn't wait to make major changes. She shook up the franchise by firing team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew during the bye week.
And suddenly, Detroit has played like the team that won 11 games last season and made it to the playoffs. The Lions (4-7) have won three straight since the front office was overhauled and are being mentioned as a team in the playoff picture.
Cornerback Darius Slay said he saw a graphic, showing the Lions as a team in the hunt for a spot in the postseason.
"It shows we're a great team, just something happened," Slay said. "Right now, it's kind of flipped at the right time."
After starting 6-0, the Green Bay Packers (7-4) have stumbled into second place behind Minnesota (8-3) in the NFC North.
"Losing four out of our last five leaves a bad taste in your mouth," Packers guard T.J. Lang said.