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Packers Back In First Place


GREEN BAY, WI (WHBL) - The Green Bay Packers are back in first place in the N-F-C North Division, after beating Minnesota 23-14 Sunday at Lambeau Field. The Pack and Chicago are both 8-4 after the Bears lost to Seattle.  But Green Bay has the tie-breaker, because of its Week-Two victory over the Bears. And the Pack is now sitting in the Number-three playoff spot in the N-F-C. The Packers scored 13 unanswered points in the second half to beat the Vikings.  But Green Bay lost two more starters to injuries. Receiver Jordy Nelson and tackle T-J Lang both left in the first half. Nelson injured a hamstring. It was not confirmed whether it was the same one he pulled in October. Lang hurt an ankle, and rookie Don Barclay replaced him.  Minnesota led 14-10 at the half, with the help of a monster day from Adrian Peterson that included an 82-yard touchdown run. Peterson ran for 210 yards – the most since he tore an A-C-L knee ligament last December.  But the Vikings were forced to go to the air after the Pack took the lead. James Starks scored Green Bay’s third rushing touchdown of the season – and the first since Week-Five – on a 22-yard scamper in the third quarter. Morgan Burnett intercepted Minnesota’s Christian Ponder twice, and Mason Crosby booted two timely second half field goals. Green Bay protected its lead with an 18-play, 11-minute drive in the fourth quarter, the most time-consuming drive in the N-F-L this season. The Vikings had a chance at the end, but Blair Walsh missed a field goal attempt with two minutes left – and the Vikes lost their fourth game in their last five, falling to 6-6. Ponder threw for 119 yards and a score. Aaron Rodgers threw for 286 yards and an early score to James Jones – and he threw an interception on a flea-flicker play. Starks ran for 66 yards and Alex Green had 58 more on the ground. Randall Cobb caught six passes for 62 yards, and Greg Jennings had four catches for 46 yards in his first game since late September. The Packers had a huge edge in total yards, 435 to 359. And Green Bay held the ball 17 minutes longer than the Vikes did. The Packers play another divisiona opponent next Sunday night, when they host Detroit.