GREEN BAY–The Packers defense stopped the Cleveland Browns on downs and the Packers offense sealed the deal with a game-clinching touchdown drive in a 24-13 victory at Lambeau Field on Sunday. The win moved the Packers into first place in the NFC North.
The big play in the touchdown drive was a 39-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jarrett Boykin. It carried to the 2-yard line, from where Rodgers flipped a touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson. It increased the Packers’ lead to 24-6 with 8:30 to play in the game.
Nelson’s touchdown catch followed an injury to Jermichael Finley at the start of the drive. Finley was taken from the field on a stretcher. Initital reports were that Finley sustained a neck injury but had movement and feeling in all of his extremities.
Cleveland’s Travis Benjamin returned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards to the Packers 20-yard line and Brandon Weeden completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Cameron to cut the Packers’ lead to 24-13.
Rodgers erased all doubt when he completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Boykin with 3:44 to play in the game, giving the Packers a 31-13 lead. Rodgers completed 25 of 36 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns. Boykin, playing in place of the injured Randall Cobb and James Jones, caught eight passes for 103 yards and a touchdown.
The Packers are 4-2 heading into next Sunday’s game in Minnesota.
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