Monday, December 29, 2014

Packers: NFC North Champs

The Packers are NFC North champions - AGAIN!

Four straight titles.

From ESPN:

Green Bay's franchise quarterback is limping into the playoffs with a smile. Rodgers threw two touchdown passes to Randall Cobb, Eddie Lacy gashed Detroit's defense for 100 yards, and the Packers celebrated another division championship with a 30-20 victory Sunday.

Rodgers will appreciate a week off after the win, as the Packers (12-4) earned a bye. Detroit (11-5) starts the postseason at Dallas next Sunday. Green Bay will next play on the following Sunday.

"It's clearly an MVP performance -- another MVP performance -- by Aaron Rodgers," coach Mike McCarthy said. Rodgers won the award in 2011.

Rodgers was carted to the locker room after tossing his first score to Cobb late in the second quarter. He tweaked the calf during last week's win at Tampa Bay.

This injury came in a different spot in the calf, Rodgers said. He came up limping again.

In the locker room while getting treatment, Rodgers said he was thinking about "if I could finagle myself to go back in the game."

He hobbled back on to the field in the third quarter with the game tied at 14.

"I just felt like if I got in there, it might give us a little jolt," Rodgers said.

The jolt soon followed. A seven-play, 60-yard drive ended with a 13-yard score to Cobb for a 21-14 lead. The Packers didn't look back.

Rodgers plunged across the goal line from 1 yard with 8:45 left to help Green Bay regain a two-touchdown lead. "MVP! MVP" chanted adoring fans while light snow dusted Lambeau Field.

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