NFL Week 12 Recap: NFC North

Just a few short weeks ago the Packers were one of the undefeated and looked like the dominant team in the NFC North. However, something happened on the way to the playoffs.

Just a few short weeks ago the Packers were one of the undefeated and looked like the dominant team in the NFC North. However, something happened.

Just a few short weeks ago the Packers were one of the undefeated and looked like the dominant team in the NFC North. However, something happened.

In a drenching rainstorm at Lambeau Field in Green Bay the Packers lost to the Chicago Bears. This game marked the first time that a Jay Cutler led Bears’ team beat the Packers in Lambeau. It was also the Packs’ second consecutive loss at home this season.

In the four previous Bears-Packers match ups in Lambeau Field Cutler had thrown 12 interceptions. However, in this game he threw none. He finished with 19 completions on 31 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked once.

The Packers had a few chances to score as the fourth quarter was closing out. Bears cornerback Tracy Porter stopped the first chance when he intercepted a Aaron Rodgers’ pass at the Bears 45 yard line with 3:19 remaining, a Rodgers’ throw into the end zone bounced off receiver Davante Adams’ hands, and James Jones was unable to make a touchdown catch on a third down play.

Packers’ running back Eddie Lacy fumbled deep in Bears territory in the second quarter and Cutler took advantage throwing a 3-yard touchdown pass to Zach Miller. The play tied the game at 7 with a little more than six minutes left in the first half. Lacy scored on a 25-yard pass from Rodgers with 5:33 remaining in the second quarter. Lacy finished with 105 yards on 17 carries.

Mason Crosby kicked two field goals for the Packers –- a 22-yarder with 1:58 remaining in the first half and a 50 yarder at the end of the first half.

Bears’ kicker Robbie Gould kicked a 21-yard field goal in the forth quarter that accounted for the only points scored in the second half.

Bears’ running back Jeremy Langford scored a touchdown and rushed for a total of 48 yards on 12 carries. Matt Forte played his first game after sitting out three games due to a knee injury and rushed for 44 yards on 15 carries. Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery also returned after missing five games and caught seven passes for 90 yards.

Rodgers finished with 22 completions on 43 attempts for 202 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was sacked two times. BEARS 17 PACKERS 13
 Adrian Peterson ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns as the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Atlanta Falcons. Peterson’s 1-yard touchdown run put the Vikings ahead in the first quarter and sealed it with a 35-yard touchdown run with 4:15 remaining. It was Peterson’s sixth 100-yard game this season and he moved into 18th place on the NFL’s top rushers list with 11,354 yards. He passed O.J. Simpson (11,236), Corey Dillion (11,241) and John Riggins (11,352).

Teddy Bridgewater completed 20 passes on 28 attempts for 174 yards and an interception. The pick was made in the end zone.

The Vikings’ defense kept the Falcons out of the end zone until Matt Ryan completed a one-yard pass to Nick Williams with 1:28 remaining.

Ryan threw two interceptions. He has five in the past two games. One pick occurred in the end zone.

Julio Jones was held to only 58 yards on five catches. VIKINGS 20 FALCONS 10
 Lions’ wide receiver Calvin Johnson caught three touchdown passes from Matthew Stafford and Stafford threw a total of five touchdown passes as the Lions beat the Philadelphia Eagles. It was their third loss in a row. This was the Lions third straight win since firing their team president, general manager and offensive coordinator. Johnson finished with eight catches for 93 yards. The three touchdown receptions tied his career high, which was set in 2010.

Stafford started the scoring with an 8-yard pass to Theo Riddick and threw for the go ahead score to Golden Tate midway in the second quarter.

Stafford finished with 27 completions on 38 throws for 337 yards and five touchdowns. It was the fourth time in his career that he has thrown five TD passes in one game.

Mark Sanchez started at quarterback for the Eagles replacing Sam Bradford, who was injured. He completed 19 passes on 27 attempts for 199 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked six times. Brent Celek caught one of the scoring passes and Jordan Matthews caught the other.

Lions’ defensive end Ezekiel Ansah got 3-1/2 sacks, one of which forced a fumble that he recovered. LIONS 45 EAGLES 14
NFC NORTH STANDINGS                         Overall              Division
 MINNESOTA VIKINGS                                   8-3                     3-1
GREEN BAY PACKERS                                  7-4                      2-2
CHICATO BEARS                                            5-6                       1-3
DETROIT LIONS                                             4-7                       2-2
 PACKERS @ LIONS                          THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2015
SEAHAWKS @ VIKINGS                   SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2015
49ERS @ BEARS                                 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2015

Courtesy of USA Today

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