Sports Rodgers-led Packers beat Lions to win NFC North

12:36  02 january  2017
12:36  02 january  2017 Source:   Sportsnet

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DETROIT (AP) — Aaron Rodgers threw three of his four touchdown passes in the second half, lifting the Green Bay Packers to an NFC North - winning With a chance to lead the Lions to a signature win , however, Stafford came up short to add to his legacy that he beats bad teams and loses against

Green Bay Packers fullback Aaron Ripkowski (22) flips over Detroit Lions strong safety Tavon Wilson (32) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (Photo: The Associated Press).

  Rodgers-led Packers beat Lions to win NFC North © Provided by Sportsnet DETROIT — Aaron Rodgers threw three of his four touchdown passes in the second half, lifting the Green Bay Packers to an NFC North-winning 31-24 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday night.

Detroit’s Matthew Stafford connected with Anquan Boldin for a 35-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds left, but the Packers recovered the onside kick and Rodgers had only to kneel once to seal the victory.

The Packers (10-6) closed the regular season with six straight wins, running the table as Rodgers said they could after losing four straight games midway through the season, to win the division for the fifth time in six years. Like his team, Rodgers has been perfect during the streak with 15 TD passes and no interceptions. He will lead fourth-seeded Green Bay at home on Sunday against the fifth-seeded New York Giants in an NFC wild-card game.

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DETROIT (AP) — Aaron Rodgers threw three of his four touchdown passes in the second half, lifting the Green Bay Packers to an NFC North - winning 31-24 Packers : Green Bay will play the Giants at Lambeau Field , where it beat them 23-16 in Week 5. Lions : Detroit, which has won only one playoff

DETROIT (AP) -- Aaron Rodgers threw three of his four touchdown passes in the second half, lifting the Green Bay Packers to an NFC North - winning 31-24 With a chance to lead the Lions to a signature win , however, Stafford came up short to add to his legacy that he beats bad teams and loses against

Detroit (9-7) dropped its last three games after it had a two-game lead in the NFC North, spoiling its shot at winning a division title for the first time since 1993.

The Lions, though, will be in the playoffs for the second time in three years with coach Jim Caldwell because the Giants beat the Washington Redskins earlier in the day. The sixth-seeded Lions will play at third-seeded Seattle on Saturday night in a wild-card game.

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Rodgers , who was 27 of 39 for 300 yards, threw a go-ahead, 3-yard TD pass to Davante Adams with 9:23 left in the third quarter. Rodgers connected with Geronimo Allison and Adams in the end zone in the fourth quarter to give Green Bay a 14-point lead in a game it trailed 14-7 at halftime.

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DETROIT (AP) - Aaron Rodgers threw three of his four touchdown passes in the second half, lifting the Green Bay Packers to an NFC North - winning 31-24 With a chance to lead the Lions to a signature win , however, Stafford came up short to add to his legacy that he beats bad teams and loses against

DETROIT (AP) — Aaron Rodgers threw three of his four touchdown passes in the second half, lifting the Green Bay Packers to an NFC North - winning With a chance to lead the Lions to a signature win , however, Stafford came up short to add to his legacy that he beats bad teams and loses against

Stafford put Detroit ahead by a touchdown with a 3-yard pass to Golden Tate with 23 seconds left in the second quarter after Zach Zenner tied it with a 1-yard run.

Stafford was 26 of 41 for 347 yards with two TDs and an interception. He made some fantastic passes and some he sailed over wide-open receivers.

RODGERS RUNS: Rodgers ran for 42 yards, his third-highest total of the season, on 10 carries. By design, he converted a third-and-1 from the Green Bay 34 with a 13-yard run a bootleg. Rodgers also used his feet to escape sacks and to give his receivers time to get open.

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES: Stafford failed to connect with Tate when he was all by himself midway through the first quarter, wasting a chance to make a big play to possibly score on Detroit’s second drive. Early in the scoreless second period, Matt Prater missed a 39-yard field goal. Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews also missed an opportunity, dropping one of Stafford’s passes that he could’ve possibly returned for a score.

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DETROIT - Aaron Rodgers threw three of his four touchdown passes in the second half, lifting the Green Bay Packers to an NFC North - winning 31-24 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday night.

Aaron Rodgers was right. The Green Bay Packers ran the table, just as their star quarterback said they could, by capping a six-game winning streak with an NFC North -clinching 31-24 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday night.

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Stafford surpassed 30,000 yards passing for his career, becoming the fastest quarterback to reach the mark. He did it in his 109th game Sunday night against Green Bay. The previous record was held by Dan Marino and Kurt Warner, who did it in 114 games. With a chance to lead the Lions to a signature win, however, Stafford came up short to add to his legacy that he beats bad teams and loses against winning teams.

INJURIES

Packers: Two cornerbacks — Quinten Rollins (neck) and Makinton Dorleant (knee) — were carted off the field minutes apart late in the third quarter and another cornerback — Damarious Randall (knee) — left the game with an injury in the second half. Rollins, who was conscious and able to move, was taken to a hospital. Receiver Randall Cobb (ankle), running back James Starks (concussion) and centre JC Tretter (knee) were inactive with injuries.

Lions: Receiver Marin Jones was evaluated late in the game for a concussion, but returned to play. Cornerback Darius Slay returned from a one-game absence with a hamstring injury. Right tackle Riley Reiff was out with a hip injury and was missed, especially when Nick Perry got past his replacement, Corey Robinson, for a possession-ending sack in the third quarter. Robinson left the game with an apparent injury in the second half and

UP NEXT

Packers: Green Bay will play the Giants at Lambeau Field, where it beat them 23-16 in Week 5.

Lions: Detroit, which has won only one playoff game since winning the 1957 NFL title, will face long odds to advance on the road against the Seahawks.

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