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Packers Prevail Over Lions

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DETROIT, MI (WHBL) - The Green Bay Packers could move into a first-place tie with Chicago in the N-F-C North Division if the Bears lose tonight at San Francisco. The Packers are a half-game back at 7-3, after coming from behind to beat last-place Detroit Sunday, 24-20 at Ford Field. Aaron Rodgers threw the game-winning touchdown with 1:55 left, a 22-yard strike to Randall Cobb. Rodgers admitted that the Packers didn’t play their best, but they were still able to come through when it was needed. Rodgers completed 19 of 27 passes for 236 yards. His other T-D was a 20-yarder to tight end Jermichael Finley, who scored for the first time since Week-One. M-D Jennings returned an interception 72 yards for Green Bay’s other touchdown. Detroit outgained the Packers in total yards, 362 to 314. But the Pack got the better of a sloppy game. An interception by Rodgers was Green Bay’s only turnover, while Matthew Stafford threw two picks and the Lions lost a pair of fumbles as they dropped to 4-6. The injury-riddled Packers – playing without seven starters – won their fifth straight.  And coach Mike McCarthy is now 12-1 lifetime over Detroit. The Packers face the Giants at New York next Sunday night. Nose tackle B-J Raji appeared to be the only injured Packer. He limped off late in the game, favoring the same left ankle he sprained last month. Detroit offensive tackle Jim Backus left with an injured hamstring and coach Jim Schwartz said it might end his 186-game starting streak on Thanksgiving against Houston. The Packers kept putting more of an emphasis on their running game, as James Starks ran for 74 yards on 25 carries. Cobb was the Pack’s leading receiver, with nine catches for 74 yards. Mikel Leshoure ran for 84 yards and a touchdown for Detroit. Calvin Johnson had five catches for 143 yards, including a T-D pass from Stafford, who threw for 266 yards. 

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