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Packers Take Huge Step Towards Playoffs With Win Over Detroit

The snow globe like conditions last night at Lambeau Field along with a raucous crowd made the Frozen Tundra come to life for a 27-20 Packers win over the Detroit Lions. 70,382 fans packed in to the most historic stadium in the NFL to witness Green Bay beat the Lions for the 22nd consecutive game in Wisconsin.

Coach Mike McCarthy's ran his record to (13-1) against Detroit to further illustrate the Packers' domination of their divisional rivals to the East. The win also pushes the Pack a game and a half in front of the Bears after Chicago fell 21-14 to the Vikings Sunday.

Green Bay was outplayed in the first half, trailing 14-0 in the second quarter. Matthew Stafford ran one in from four yards out and tossed a three yard TD to Tony Scheffler to put the Packers on their heels early.

It wasn't until Stafford fumbled away the football midway through the second quarter that the Pack showed signs of life. Rookie defensive lineman, and guest of the Witt Ford Red Zone in Sturgeon Bay three weeks ago, Mike Daniels scooped up the Stafford fumble and rumbled 43 yards for a touchdown; the first of his career.

Trailing 14-10 at the half, the Packers offense was being shown up. Detroit held a 16-4 advantage in first downs and outgained the home team 231 to 103 yards through the first two quarters.

In the second half, Green Bay started to pull away. A 27 yard touchdown run by Aaron Rodgers three minutes into the third gave the Packers a 17-14 lead and they would not trail again. The A-Rod score was the longest touchdown run of his career. It was also the longest touchdown run for the Green Bay Packers on the season.

Later, DuJuan Harris scored his first NFL touchdown from 14 yards out with 10:45 left in the fourth quarter to help move Green Bay to (9-4) on the season.

While Green Bay won the game, Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson had a statistical gem of a ball game. The Packers secondary gave up 10 receptions for 118 yards to "Mega-Tron." Johnson surpassed 1,500 yards receiving on the year for the second straight season. He became only the third player in league history to accomplish that feat. The others were Marvin Harrison with the Colts and Andre Johnson with the Texans.

The Packers will travel to Chicago to put the division on ice with a win next Sunday at noon.


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