GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers are a victory away from clinching the NFC North title after beating the Detroit Lions 27-20 on Sunday night.
DaJuan Harris rushed for a score in his first NFL game, Aaron Rodgers added the longest TD run of his career, and Mike Daniels returned a fumble 43 yards as the Packers (9-4) opened a one-game lead over Chicago. Beat the Bears next weekend at Soldier Field, and Green Bay will win the NFC North for a second straight year.
The loss was the fifth straight for Detroit (4-9). This wasn’t quite as excruciating as the previous three, though, when the Lions gave up fourth-quarter leads and fell by a total of nine points.
The Packers have won 22 straight at home against the Lions, the longest streak in the NFL.
SEAHAWKS 58, CARDINALS 0: In Seattle, Marshawn Lynch ran for three touchdowns as the Seahawks set a franchise record for points. Seattle forced eight turnovers.
The Seahawks (8-5) kept firm grasp on the final NFC wild-card spot and kept alive slim chances of catching San Francisco in the NFC West race. The 58-0 victory was the biggest shutout in Seattle’s history. Leon Washington’s 3-yard TD run with 2:32 left set a franchise record for points.
Wilson became the first rookie quarterback to start and win his first six games at home since the 1970 merger.
This was really a different game. This is so much different than everything we’ve played, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. It’s a nice reward. Sometimes you get a chance to win big like that and we haven’t had many since we’ve been here.
Arizona (4-9) was shut out for the first time since 2003 and lost its ninth straight overall.
BROWNS 30, CHIEFS 7: In Cleveland, rookie Travis Benjamin’s electrifying 93-yard punt return touchdown gave Cleveland momentum as the Browns won their third straight game.
Trent Richardson had a pair of 1-yard TD runs for Cleveland (5-8).
It’s all kind of coming together, said 14-year veteran kicker Phil Dawson, who booted three field goals. We’re just doing all the little things right now. Guys are hungry to come back to work every day. There’s some energy around here that I haven’t felt. This is all good.
Jamaal Charles ran for 165 yards, breaking off an 80-yard TD run on the game’s first play for Kansas City (2-11).
JETS 17, JAGUARS 10: In Jacksonville, Fla., Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell ran for short touchdowns as New York kept its postseason hopes alive. The Jets (6-7) pounded the Jaguars (2-11) up the middle.
Mark Sanchez, benched last week in a 7-6 win against Arizona, was hardly a factor. Neither was backup Tim Tebow, who spent his homecoming on the sideline.
Sanchez completed 12 of 19 passes for 111 yards.
RAMS 15, BILLS 12: In Orchard Park, N.Y., Sam Bradford threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Gibson with 48 seconds left. St. Louis (6-6-1) continued its late-season resurgence by winning its third straight for the first time since closing the 2006 season with three victories.
The Bills (5-8) blew a lead in the final minute of the fourth quarter for the second time this season.