Green Bay Packers (8-3) 24, Minnesota Vikings (4-7) 21
Sunday November 23rd 2014 (at Minneapolis)
Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Mike Pennel teams up with free safety Micah Hyde to sack Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. - Image credit: Mark Hoffman 
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers escapes the Minnesota Vikings pass rush and runs for 18 yards. - Image credit: Mark Hoffman 
Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy muscles his way through the Minnesota Vikings defense to score a touchdown on a 10-yard reception. - Image credit: Mark Hoffman 
(MINNEAPOLIS) - Aaron Rodgers had two touchdown passes and Eddie Lacy scored twice as the Green Bay Packers edged the Minnesota Vikings, 24-21, in an NFC North battle on Sunday. Rodgers went 19-for-29 for 209 yards while Lacy finished the game with 25 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown, along with two catches for 13 yards and a score for the Packers (8-3), who have won three straight and now sit atop the NFC North. "He had a great game and made a lot of huge plays for us," said Green Bay wide receiver Jordy Nelson about Lacy. "He got two touchdowns, and the way him and the o-line finished off the game for us was impressive. Green Bay came into the game tied with Detroit, but the Lions lost in New England on Sunday and the Packers now hold a one-game lead in the division. The Packers entered the game after consecutive 50-plus point games, just the sixth team in NFL history to turn that trick. "This week was a little bit more of a grind-it-out thing," said Nelson. "But we needed to see a game like this because if you want to win it all, you have to be able to win all sorts of games." Teddy Bridgewater went 21-for-37 for 210 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Vikings (4-7), who have dropped their past two games. "I'm proud of the way the guys fought today," said Bridgewater. "We fell short and didn't make enough plays to win this game, but the effort was there. We just have to continue to get better each week and be a consistent football team." Each team punted twice in the first quarter, but Green Bay benefited from good field position on its third touch to go on top. Starting at his own 46, Rodgers quickly found himself in a 3rd-and-10, but he connected with Randall Cobb for 29 yards to convert. A 16-yard catch from Andrew Quarless set up Lacy's 1-yard plunge up the middle for a 7-0 lead with 1:34 left in the first. Bridgewater led the Vikings right back down the field on a 14-play, 74-yard march that he finished off with a deep pass to the right corner of the end zone where Charles Johnson came down with the ball for a 22-yard score. Minnesota's next touch saw Bridgewater picked off by Micah Hyde to give the Packers the ball near midfield. A 34-yard catch-and-run from Quarless got the ball to the 1-yard line, and the next play saw Rodgers toss the ball to the left corner where a wide open Richard Rodgers had an easy grab for a 14-7 lead with 5:23 left in the half. The Vikings responded with a 39-yard field goal from Blair Walsh in the closing seconds of the half to make it a 14-10 game at the break. Johnson caught a 19-yard pass to set up the score. Minnesota's second drive of the second half saw the team make it a one-point game as Walsh booted a 51-yard field goal with 6:42 to play in the third. Green Bay answered with a field goal of its own, as Mason Crosby connected from 48 yards to cap a nine-play, 50-yard drive for a 17-13 lead with 2:41 to play in the third. After stopping a Vikings drive at the end of the third quarter, the Packers went on a lengthy touchdown drive to put the game away. The 11-play, 87-yard march saw Rodgers convert one third down with a completion to Nelson and use his feet to convert another third down with an 18-yard run. At the Minnesota 10, Rodgers used a shovel pass to get the ball to Lacy for a 10-yard score and a 24-13 lead with 8:34 to play. Minnesota did get within three points as Bridgewater found Greg Jennings for a 5-yard score, and the 2-point conversion catch by Johnson made it a 24-21 game with 3:23 to play. Lacy, though, was able to get four yards on a 3rd-and-2, and his 10-yard run on second down allowed the team to kill off the rest of the clock for the win.
Game Notes: Rodgers' second touchdown pass was his 30th of the season, the fourth time in his career he's hit that mark. Also, he has just three interceptions on the season...The Packers lead the series with Minnesota, 57-48-2...Nelson led Green Bay receivers with eight catches for 68 yards.
                         GREEN BAY   MINNESOTA
First downs                     24          20
Rushes-yards                32-155      25-112
Net Passing yards              207         196
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     29-19-0     37-21-1
Sacked-Yards Lost              1-2        2-14
Punts-Average               4-42.3      4-44.8
Fumbles-Lost                   1-0         0-0
Penalties-Yards               8-75        7-77
Time of Possession           31:45       28:15
GREEN BAY -   7   7   3   7  - 24
MINNESOTA -   0  10   3   8  - 21
1st - GB - Eddie Lacy, 1-yard run (Mason Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - MINN - Charles Johnson, 22-yard pass from Teddy Bridgewater (Blair Walsh kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Richard Rodgers, 1-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
2nd - MINN - Walsh, 39-yard field goal GREEN BAY 14-10
3rd - MINN - Walsh, 51-yard field goal GREEN BAY 14-13
3rd - GB - Crosby, 48-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-13
4th - GB - Lacy, 10-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 24-13
4th - MINN - Greg Jennings, 5-yard pass from Bridgewater (Bridgewater pass to Johnson) GR BAY 24-21
GREEN BAY - Eddie Lacy 25-125 1 TD, Aaron Rodgers 6-34, James Starks 1-(-4)
MINNESOTA - Jerick McKinnon 15-54, Teddy Bridgewater 5-32, Joe Banyard 5-26
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 29-19-208 2 TD
MINNESOTA - Teddy Bridgewater 37-21-210 2 TD 1 INT
GREEN BAY - Jordy Nelson 8-68, Randall Cobb 4-58, Andrew Quarless 2-50, Eddie Lacy 2-13 1 TD, Davante Adams 1-10, John Kuhn 1-9, Richard Rodgers 1-1 1 TD
MINNESOTA - Greg Jennings 4-38 1 TD, Charles Johnson 3-52 1 TD, Kyle Rudolph 3-50, Joe Banyard 3-19, Jerick McKinnon 3-9, Cordarrelle Patterson 2-18, Rhett Ellison 2-11, Chase Ford 1-13
Sunday November 23rd
CHICAGO 21, Tampa Bay 13 -  Lovie Smith and Josh McCown were not greeted warmly in their return to Chicago. The Bears scored three straight touchdowns in the third quarter to take the lead, including two by Matt Forte, who finished with 89 yards on 23 carries to lead Chicago to a 21-13 win over Smith and McCown's Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. McCown, who spent the past three seasons with Chicago, threw a touchdown pass to rookie Mike Evans 1:36 into the second quarter to give the Bucs a 7-0 lead, but they didn't find the end zone again. The Bucs quarterback committed three turnovers, including two in the second half, as the Tampa Bay offense never gained footing after the break. Jay Cutler completed 17-of-27 passes for just 130 yards for the Bears (5-6). Alshon Jeffery caught a 2-yard touchdown pass for Chicago's first touchdown in the third quarter. Tampa Bay (2-9) never got its ground game going. Doug Martin led the team with 27 yards on 11 carries and Charles Sims added 22 yards. Vincent Jackson and Louis Murphy both had over 100 yards receiving for the Bucs.
NEW ENGLAND 34, Detroit 9 - Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes in leading the New England Patriots to a 34-9 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Brady carved up the NFL's top-ranked defense, 
completing 38-of-53 passes for 349 yards. LeGarrette Blount had two rushing scores in his first game back with the AFC-leading Patriots (9-2), who secured their 14th consecutive winning season. New England has won seven games in a row, 14 straight against NFC North teams and 15 straight at home. Matthew Stafford was 18-of-46 for 264 yards as the Lions (7-4) fell one game behind Green Bay in the division with a second consecutive loss.
GREEN BAY    8   3   0   .727   354  246
Detroit      7   4   0   .636   197  190
Chicago      5   6   0   .455   236  303
Minnesota    4   7   0   .364   202  244