NFL: Packers top Lions 24-20
Detroit • The Green Bay Packers are winning again, and they aren't too concerned about how they look doing it.
Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes, including a 22-yarder to Randall Cobb with 1:55 left, and the Packers pulled out a 24-20 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday for their fifth straight victory.
"When our best was needed," Rodgers said, "we were able to come through."
The Packers (7-3) moved within a half-game of first-place Chicago in the NFC North after losing three of their first five games. The Bears play at San Francisco on Monday night.
"Early on, we were trying to find the identity we had last year when we had an attitude that no one could stop us coming off our Super Bowl," receiver Donald Driver said. "Now, we got our groove back and we're ready to roll."
The Lions (4-6), are struggling. They have dropped two in a row to make their goal of playing in consecutive postseasons very challenging. They begin a difficult schedule run on Thanksgiving against AFC South-leading Houston.
Lions center Dominic Raiola bristled when asked about the team falling short of expectations.
"That's how we got in trouble earlier in the season," Raiola said.
Matthew Stafford couldn't put the Lions ahead on either of their last two drives in a game he would like to forget.
Stafford threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. One of the interceptions was returned 72 yards by Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings for a go-ahead score in the third quarter.
Rodgers was 19-for-27 for 236 yards with two TDs and an interception. His first TD pass was a 20-yard connection with wide open Jermichael Finley early in the second quarter that gave Green Bay its first lead.
Cobb had nine catches for 74 yards and the game-winning TD, a twisting grab in the end zone on a lofted pass across the field.
"We just buckled," Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy said. "Even that last touchdown late in the game, we had a chance to make a play on it, we just didn't make the play. That's kind of been the theme for us this year, being in position and not finishing." Packers 24,Lions 20
Green Bay 0 7 7 10 24
Detroit 3 7 7 3 20
Det • FG Hanson 30, 4:24.
GB • Finley 20 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick), 13:56.
Det • Leshoure 1 run (Hanson kick), 8:06.
GB • M.Jennings 72 interception return (Crosby kick), 8:31.
Det • Johnson 25 pass from Stafford (Hanson kick), 3:01.
Det • FG Hanson 27, 4:25.
GB • Cobb 22 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick), 1:55.
GB • FG Crosby 39, :19.
Attendance • 63,716.
First downs 16 19
Total Net Yards 314 362
Rushes-yards 29-95 24-110
Passing 219 252
Punt Returns 0-0 1-0
Kickoff Returns 4-71 4-64
Interceptions Ret. 2-92 1-10
Comp-Att-Int 19-27-1 17-39-2
Sacked-Yards Lost 3-17 5-14
Punts 4-44.0 3-39.3
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 3-2
Penalties-yards 9-80 7-50
Time of Possession 30:18 29:42
Rushing • Green Bay, Starks 25-74, Cobb 2-19, Rodgers 1-3, Kuhn 1-(minus 1). Detroit, Leshoure 19-84, Stafford 2-12, Thomas 1-6, Bell 1-4, Smith 1-4.
Passing • Green Bay, Rodgers 19-27-1-236. Detroit, Stafford 17-39-2-266.
Receiving • Green Bay, Cobb 9-74, Finley 3-66, Nelson 3-45, Ja.Jones 2-33, Driver 1-12, Starks 1-6. Detroit, Johnson 5-143, Pettigrew 4-22, Broyles 2-35, Scheffler 2-22, T.Young 1-24, Heller 1-17, Bell 1-5, Leshoure 1-(minus 2).
Missed Field Goals • Green Bay, Crosby 50 (WL), 38 (WL).
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