Jan 9, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) runs with the ball against the Detroit Lions during the first half at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

Lions score late, hold off Packers 37-30

D’Andre Swift scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:54 remaining on a 14-yard run and the host Detroit Lions defeated the Green Bay Packers 37-30 on Sunday.

Jared Goff passed for 238 yards and two touchdowns, while Amon-Ra St. Brown caught eight passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. The Lions finished the season at 3-13-1.

Aaron Rodgers passed for 138 yards and two touchdowns while playing only the first half for the Packers (13-4), who had already wrapped up the top seed in the NFC playoffs. Allen Lazard caught five passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns.

Detroit led 17-13 at halftime.

Green Bay opened the game with a 13-play, 74-yard drive. The Packers scored on 3rd-and-goal as Rodgers found Lazard from 1 yard out.

Detroit used a trick play to knot the score. Goff handed the ball off to St. Brown, who pitched it to tight end Tom Kennedy. Kalif Raymond was wide open along the right sideline on the 75-yard play.

St. Brown caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Goff to give the Lions a 14-7 lead.

Rodgers’ second scoring pass to Lazard covering 29 yards cut Detroit’s lead to one but Mason Crosby missed the extra point.

Riley Patterson kicked a 34-yard field goal with two seconds left in the half.

The Lions extended their lead to 11 points on Goff’s 36-yard pass to Brock Wright.

Crosby made a 36-yard field goal midway through the quarter, and Patrick Taylor scored his first NFL touchdown from one yard out to make it 24-22 in the fourth quarter. The two-point conversion attempt failed.

Patterson hit a 36-yard field goal with 6:39 left to give Detroit a five-point advantage.

The Packers answered with Jordan Love’s 62-yard hookup to Josiah Deguara, who caught a short toss and charged up the middle for the score. Love ran for the two-point conversion to give Green Bay a three-point edge at 30-27 with 4:49 left.

Swift’s score capped off a six-play, 75-yard drive. Patterson drilled a 27-yard field in the final minute after Love was intercepted by C.J. Moore.

Love was intercepted again, this time by Tracy Walker, on Green Bay’s final possession.

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Jan 9, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14) passes against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Three TDs in fourth quarter get Vikings past Bears

Kirk Cousins completed 14 of 22 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns, and the Minnesota Vikings rallied for a 31-17 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis.

Justin Jefferson, K.J. Osborn and Patrick Peterson each scored fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Vikings finished the game with 21 unanswered points. Ihmir Smith-Marsette also had a touchdown reception for Minnesota (8-9).

Andy Dalton completed 33 of 48 passes for 325 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for Chicago (6-11). Darnell Mooney had 12 catches for 126 yards, and Damien Williams caught a touchdown pass.

The Vikings pulled even at 17-17 with 13:35 to go in the fourth quarter. Jefferson got behind Bears safety Eddie Jackson, and Cousins found him for a 45-yard touchdown.

Minnesota scored the go-ahead touchdown with 8:04 remaining. Cousins had time in the pocket and fired a strike to Osborn in the back left corner of the end zone for a 21-yard score.

On the Bears’ next possession, the Vikings’ defense stepped up. Peterson scored on a 66-yard interception return to make it 31-17 with 5:10 left. It was his first pick-six since Nov. 9, 2014, with the Arizona Cardinals.

Chicago started the scoring on its opening drive. Cairo Santos made a 43-yard field goal with 12:13 to go in the first quarter.

Santos connected again, this time from 46 yards, to make it 6-0 with five minutes left in the second quarter.

The Bears increased their lead to 14-0 after a touchdown and a two-point conversion with 31 seconds to go in the first half. Williams scored on a 23-yard reception for his 25th career touchdown (14 rushing, 11 receiving).

The Vikings got on the scoreboard with three seconds left in the half. Cousins completed three quick passes for 65 yards, and Greg Joseph ended the drive with a 39-yard field goal.

Early in the third quarter, Minnesota pulled within 14-10 on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Smith-Marsette. It was the second touchdown of the season for Smith-Marsette, a rookie fifth-round pick out of Iowa.

Chicago made it 17-10 on Santos’ 42-yard field goal with 1:41 remaining in the third quarter.

–Field Level Media

Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers punter Corey Bojorquez (7) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Packers clear five players from COVID protocol

Five Green Bay players cleared the COVID-19 protocol in time for Sunday night’s game with the Minnesota Vikings, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst confirmed.

Punter Corey Bojorquez, tight ends Marcedes Lewis and Tyler Davis, guard Ben Braden and linebacker Oren Burks are active for the Week 17 contest between the host Packers (12-3) and NFC North rival Vikings (7-8).

Bojorquez, Lewis and Burks have appeared in all 15 games this season. Davis has played in 12 and Braden in seven.

Three Green Bay players remain on the reserve/COVID-19 list: rookie return specialist Amari Rodgers, defensive lineman Kingsley Keke and linebacker Chauncey Rivers.

–Field Level Media

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) against the Cleveland Browns during their football game on Saturday December 25, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.

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Packers get past Browns on Aaron Rodgers’ record day

Aaron Rodgers set the Green Bay Packers’ franchise record for most career touchdown passes Saturday on the way to a 24-22 victory over the Cleveland Browns at Green Bay, Wis.

Rodgers completed 24 of 34 passes for 202 yards and three scores, including an 11-yard strike to Allen Lazard with 5:13 left in the first quarter. That was his 443rd touchdown pass, breaking a tie with Brett Favre atop the franchise’s list.

Green Bay (12-3) stayed atop the NFC with the win, sealing the outcome when Rasul Douglas intercepted Baker Mayfield with 43 seconds left at the Packers’ 40. It was Douglas’ second pick of the day.

Mayfield, who arrived in Green Bay just hours before the game, hit 21 of 36 passes for 222 yards with two touchdowns and a career-high four interceptions. His first three picks were converted into touchdowns.

Browns running back Nick Chubb rushed for 126 yards and a score on 17 carries. Cleveland (7-8) amassed 219 yards on 25 rushing attempts, but its playoff hopes were dealt a devastating blow.

The Browns pulled within two points on Mayfield’s 5-yard touchdown toss to Anthony Schwartz with 4:31 left in the game, then got the ball back with 2:05 remaining. They drove to midfield before Mayfield’s last interception sealed the outcome.

Cleveland got off to a fast start, taking the opening kickoff and marching 75 yards in just 2:39. Chubb keyed it with a 40-yard gain off a screen pass and capped it with a 1-yard touchdown run.

Green Bay took the lead for good after the first of Mayfield’s three interceptions on Rodgers’ record-setting scoring strike, then used another Mayfield interception to build a 14-6 second-quarter lead as Rodgers found Davante Adams for a 9-yard touchdown.

The Browns pulled within 14-12 at the 7:03 mark when Mayfield hit Harrison Bryant with a 1-yard scoring strike. But Mayfield’s third interception of the half led to Rodgers’ 1-yard touchdown flip to Adams 12 seconds before halftime for a 21-12 advantage.

Adams caught 10 passes for 114 yards.

–Field Level Media

Dec 25, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates with wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) after setting the franchise record for most passing TDs in the first quarter during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers passes Brett Favre for Packers’ TD record

Aaron Rodgers became the Green Bay Packers’ all-time leader in passing touchdowns Saturday, vaulting over legend Brett Favre with his 443rd career scoring strike.

Rodgers’ record came on an 11-yard pass to Allen Lazard with 5:13 remaining in the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at historic Lambeau Field.

Rodgers, 38, set the record in his 17th season and 211th game in Green Bay, while Favre set the previous Packers record in 16 seasons over 255 games. Rodgers was Favre’s backup over his first three seasons (2005-07), when he saw action in just seven games total with one TD pass.

Rodgers pushed the total to 445 with two more TD passes in the second quarter, both to Davante Adams, as Green Bay took a 21-12 lead into halftime.

Rodgers has led the Packers to the top record in the NFC at 11-3, heading into play Saturday. The former first-round draft pick in 2005 out of Cal entered Saturday’s game with 3,487 yards passing in 13 games this season with 30 touchdowns and four interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Kenny Clark (97) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Packers place DT Kenny Clark on COVID-19 list

The Green Bay Packers are placing starting defensive tackle Kenny Clark on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, coach Matt LaFleur confirmed.

The 26-year-old veteran’s status is in jeopardy for Sunday’s showdown in Baltimore between the Packers (10-3) and Ravens (8-5). If vaccinated, he needs two negative tests 24 hours apart in order to be activated.

Clark has started all 13 games this season, registering 42 tackles, 13 quarterback hits, four sacks and one fumble recovery.

A first-round pick by Green Bay in 2016 and a Pro Bowl selection in 2019, Clark has 277 tackles, 22.5 sacks, five fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles in 86 career games (72 starts).

Rookie T.J. Slaton is listed as the backup nose tackle on the Packers’ depth chart. The fifth-round pick from Florida has 15 tackles and one sack in 13 games.

–Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) is tackled by Chicago Bears linebacker Trevis Gipson (99) in the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers’ 4 TDs lead Packers to wild win over Bears

Aaron Rodgers passed for 341 yards and four touchdowns and Davante Adams had 121 receiving yards and two scores to lift the host Green Bay Packers to a 45-30 win against the Chicago Bears on Sunday night.

NFC North-leading Green Bay (10-3) seized control with rushing and receiving touchdowns from Aaron Jones a minute apart in the third quarter as the Bears (4-9) sputtered to their seventh loss in eight games.

Jakeem Grant had 177 total yards for Chicago while visiting the end zone on a 46-yard catch-and-run and a 97-yard punt return in a high-octane second quarter. The Bears held a 24-21 edge over the 15 minutes in what now ranks as the highest-scoring quarter between the rivals, who met for the 204th time Sunday.

The Bears and Packers combined for five touchdowns of 35-plus yards in the second quarter, the first such quarter in the NFL since 1951. Rasul Douglas struck for Green Bay’s most explosive play in that span, scoring on a 55-yard return of a Justin Fields interception.

After also returning an interception for a touchdown in Green Bay’s most recent game, Douglas is the second Packer in franchise history to register a pick-six in consecutive weeks. Hall of Famer Herb Adderley also accomplished the feat in 1965.

Green Bay trailed 27-21 at halftime but outscored the Bears 17-0 in the third quarter while boasting a 151-8 edge in net yards. The Packers opened the quarter with a nine-play, 75-yard drive capped by Jones’ 3-yard scoring run, with the ensuing point-after giving the Packers the lead for good with 9:24 remaining in the third quarter.

After a strip sack of Fields on the Bears’ next possession, Rodgers found Jones for a 23-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 35-27.

Fields, who missed the past two games with injured ribs, was 18-for-33 passing for 224 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing for a game-high 74 yards. Cairo Santos kicked field goals of 23, 44 and 43 yards as the Bears reached a season high in points.

Rodgers was 29-for-37 through the air while eclipsing 300 yards passing for the third straight game. AJ Dillon had 15 carries for 71 yards for the Packers.

Both teams had offensive linemen leave the game with injuries — Billy Turner (knee) for the Packers and Jason Peters (ankle) for the Bears.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) celebrates after breaking up a pass during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Packers CB Jaire Alexander returns to practice

Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since his Week 4 shoulder injury.

Coach Matt LaFleur said Alexander will do individual drills, opening the 2020 Pro Bowl selection’s 21-day window to be activated from injured reserve.

Alexander, 24, landed on IR on Oct. 9 after injuring the AC joint in his right shoulder in the third quarter of Green Bay’s 27-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 3.

A first-round pick in 2018, Alexander has 188 tackles and five interceptions in 48 career games (46 starts). He has 13 tackles and one pick this season.

Coming off their bye week, the Packers (9-3) host the NFC North rival Chicago Bears (4-8) on Sunday night. Green Bay won the first meeting this season, 24-14, at Soldier Field in Week 6.

–Field Level Media

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QBs are question marks for Seahawks-Packers matchup

Face it, a Russell Wilson vs. Aaron Rodgers matchup is a lot more intriguing than Geno Smith against Jordan Love.

The Seattle Seahawks (3-5) and Green Bay Packers (7-2) both hope to have their starting quarterbacks return when the teams meet Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Wilson, who had started every game through his first nine NFL seasons, has been out since he fractured the middle finger on his right (throwing) hand Oct. 7 and had surgery soon thereafter.

The original diagnosis had Wilson missing six to eight weeks.

“This is a remarkable story of recovery,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “A guy set an intent that he was going to do this and pull it off. I mean, he’s way ahead of schedule. We just came off the practice field and he threw the ball all over the place.”

The Seahawks’ bye last week allowed Wilson to miss only three games, during which Seattle went 1-2 with Smith under center.

Rodgers was absent for Green Bay’s 13-7 loss last Sunday at Kansas City while in the league’s COVID-19 protocol after testing positive.

Rodgers said this week that he feels “really good,” but he has remained in quarantine and can’t be reinstated until Saturday at the earliest.

“I just do believe there’s a health hurdle that I have to (clear) as far as like movement and sweating and getting into it, making sure my body, especially heart, is fine with physical exertion,” Rodgers said.

Packers coach Matt LeFleur said Love would take the reps with the first-team offense in practice this week, just in case Rodgers isn’t cleared.

“You always have to prepare for either guy to be available, so you have to have a healthy mix that both are comfortable with,” LaFleur said.

LaFleur said he wasn’t concerned about Rodgers playing Sunday without having practiced during the week.

“I think he’s gone through enough where, yeah, you’d like guys to practice all week long, but I don’t think it’s absolutely imperative to be able to do that,” LaFleur said. “We just have to make sure he’s well in-tune with our plan and he feels good about it and that we Zoom him in for the meetings or whatever it may be. But we’ll see where we’re at toward the end of the week.”

Wilson and Rodgers might not be the only key players returning Sunday.

Seattle running back Chris Carson returned to practice this week after being out since Week 4 with a neck injury.

Carson is still questionable for Sunday’s game.

“He’s got to make it through the week of work, and like we always talk about, it’s a one-day-at-a-time thing,” Carroll said. “He’ll get banged around a little bit (in practice). But just see how he responds to it. It’s pretty important to get a good beat on this one. He’ll feel good physically, run around and all that because he’s in great shape and working really hard.”

Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari, a 2020 All-Pro selection, has been activated from the physically unable to perform list. Bakhtiari hasn’t played since tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament in late December.

Elgton Jenkins, a 2020 Pro Bowl left guard who has been filling in for Bakhtiari at tackle, wasn’t sure which position he’d be manning Sunday.

“We really don’t know right now,” Jenkins said. “It depends on how the week goes. Whatever happens, whatever position, I’m basically ready for it.”

Among those limited at practice this week were Seahawks running back Alex Collins (groin) and offensive guard Jamarco Jones (ankle) and Packers defensive linemen Kenny Clark (back) and Kingsley Keke (concussion), offensive tackle Dennis Kelly (back), wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown (ankle) and cornerback Eric Stokes (knee).

–Field Level Media