GREEN BAY–The Packers can clinch their second consecutive NFC North Division title with a win in Chicago next Sunday, following a 27-20 win over the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on Sunday night.
Aaron Rodgers’ 27-yard scramble for a touchdown in the third quarter gave the Packers their first lead of the night, 17-14, and running back DuJuan Harris broke a 17-17 tie with a 14-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Mason Crosby clinched the win with a 41-yard field goal with about four minutes to play in the game.
The Lions scored touchdowns on each of their first two possessions of the game to take a 14-0 lead. Crosby cut the Packers’ deficit to 14-3 and then rookie defensive lineman Mike Daniels returned a Matt Stafford fumble 43 yards for a touchdown that left the Packers trailing by only four points at halftime, despite the Lions having dominated play.
Rodgers completed 14 of 24 passes for 173 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. Alex Green led the Packers with 69 yards rushing and cornerback Sam Shields intercepted a pass.
At 9-4, the Packers hold a one-game lead over Chicago and a two-game lead over Minnesota, which defeated Chicago earlier on Sunday.
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GREEN BAY–The Detroit Lions held a 14-10 lead over the Packers at halftime of Sunday night’s game at Lambeau Field.
Quarterback Matt Stafford got off to a fast start with a 4-yard touchdown run that capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive on the Lions’ opening possession of the game. Stafford followed that scoring drive with a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Tony Scheffler that ended an 11-play, 79-yard march.
Aaron Rodgers passed the Packers into scoring territory in the first quarter but he was sacked and stripped of the ball by Lions defensive end Lawrence Jackson. Rodgers moved the Packers into scoring range in the second quarter and Mason Crosby booted a 49-yard field goal.
The Packers’ big play of the first half was Packers rookie defensive lineman Mike Daniels’ 43-yard touchdown return of a Stafford fumble. The ball slipped out of Stafford’s hand as he was attempting to pass. Stafford had the Lions on the move toward another score when the fumble occurred.
Detroit fashioned a strong running game that gained over 100 yards and allowed the Lions to control the action along the line of scrimmage, but Stafford’s fumble and an interception by Packers cornerback Sam Shields spoiled an otherwise dominant performance.
The half was played in a steady snowfall, but playing conditions remained favorable.
Thanks to a Minnesota win over Chicago earlier in the day, the Packers can clinch the NFC North Division title with a win over the Lions and a win in Chicago next Sunday.
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Check out these behind-the-scenes photos from Lambeau Field. The Green Bay Packers face the Detroit Lions in a Week 14 NFC North showdown.
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The following players have been declared as inactive for today’s Green Bay Packers-Detroit Lions game at Lambeau Field.
Green Bay Packers
21 DB Charles Woodson
44 RB James Starks
52 LB Clay Matthews
56 LB Terrell Manning
87 WR Jordy Nelson
96 DE Mike Neal
98 DE C.J. Wilson
Starting lineup changes: On offense, #89 James Jones will start at wide receiver for #87 Jordy Nelson. On defense, #99 Jerel Worthy will start in place of #98 C.J. Wilson at right defensive end. #54 Dezman Moses will start in place of #52 Clay Matthews at right outside linebacker. #29 Casey Hayward will start at right cornerback in place of #37 Sam Shields.
17 QB Kellen Moore
26 S Louis Delmas
70 T Jason Fox
78 T Corey Hilliard
86 WR Lance Long
97 DE Ronnell Lewis
99 DT Corey Williams
Starting lineup changes: On offense, #18 Kris Durham will start at wide receiver in place of #19 Mike Thomas. On defense, #98 Nick Fairley will start at defensive tackle in place of #99 Corey Williams. #32 Don Carey will start at free safety in place of #26 Louis Delmas.
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