Rodgers leads Packers to NFC North title
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[January 02, 2017]
(The Sports Xchange) - Aaron
Rodgers threw four touchdown passes, two to Davante Adams, and the
Green Bay Packers clinched the NFC North Division title with a 31-24
victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
The Packers (10-6) finished the regular season on a six-game winning
streak and enter the NFC playoffs as the fourth seed. They host the
fifth seeded New York Giants in the opening round of the playoffs.
The Lions (9-7), who failed in their bid to win their first division
title in 23 years, wound up seeded sixth and travel to third-seeded
Seattle next week.
Rodgers completed 27 of 39 passes for 300 yards. Adams caught six
passes for 31 yards, while rookie Geronimo Allison caught four
passes for 91 yards and a touchdown.
Fullback Aaron Ripkowski had a combined 76 rushing and receiving
yards, including a touchdown for Green Bay, who won their fifth
division title in six seasons.
Matthew Stafford completed 26 of 41 passes for 347 yards with two
touchdowns and one interception for the Lions.
Detroit running back Zach Zenner picked up a combined 110 rushing
and receiving yards, including a touchdown, and Golden Tate caught
six passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.
The Packers grabbed a 17-14 lead early in the third on Rodgers'
three-yard pass to Adams. Jordy Nelson, held to one catch in the
first half, caught three passes on the drive.
Rodgers then spun out of trouble and bought time before finding
Allison on a 10-yard scoring play with 10:02 remaining. The extra
point was missed, leaving the score at 23-14.
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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) drops back to pass during the
game while Detroit Lions offensive tackle Taylor Decker (68) applies
pressure at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY
Prater's 54-yard field goal with 7:52 left pulled Detroit within
A Detroit penalty for too many men on the field extended Green Bay's
next possession. Rodgers then clinched the victory with a nine-yard
strike to Adams.
Stafford heaved a 35-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin with 13
seconds left though Green Bay recovered the onside kick, ending any
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