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In the N-F-C North...
Green Bay 38, Carolina 17
Detroit 24, New Orleans 23
Miami 27, Chicago 14
Buffalo 17, Minnesota 16
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The Green Bay Packers easily shook off Carolina at home yesterday, 38-to-17. But the Pack could not shake off the Detroit Lions, who beat New Orleans in the final minutes to remain tied with Green Bay atop the N-F-C North Division. Green Bay led 21-nothing in the first quarter, 28-3 at the half, and 38-3 before a pair of Carolina passing T-D's in the final quarter. Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers became the first in N-F-L history to throw for at least 18 touchdowns with one-or-no interceptions in the first seven weeks. Rodgers also joined Tom Brady as the only ones to have four straight games with three T-D passes and no picks. He tied Bart Starr for a 50-year-old Packers' record of six straight games without a pick. And Rodgers extended a career-high streak of 192 pass attempts without an interception. He came close to breaking that string on the first series, when Carolina's Roman Harper picked him off -- but it was negated by an off-side penalty. Rodgers completed 19-of-22 passes for 255 yards before giving way to Matt Flynn early in the fourth quarter. Rodgers had the third-highest completion percentage in Packers' history at 86-plus, and the third-highest passer rating in team annals at 154-and-a-half.
Randall Cobb caught six passes for 121 yards and a T-D -- his eighth in seven games -- while Jordy Nelson had four catches for 80 yards and a score. Eddie Lacy had 63 rushing yards and a score, as the Packers amassed 122 yards on the ground while out-gaining Carolina 363-to-331 on the day. Packers' running back James Starks left with an ankle injury in the second half. Green Bay has won four straight, while Carolina now has just one win in its last five. Cam Newton threw for 205 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. The Packers kept his running in his check, as he had just 41 yards on the ground. Fox Valley native A-J Klein from Kimberly had three tackles for the Panthers, who fell to 3-3-and-1. Green Bay is 5-and-2, with a ten-game winning streak in October. They'll play at New Orleans next Sunday night.
Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly could get some major punishment, after he was ejected in the third quarter of yesterday's Panther loss to Green Bay. Kuechly was the N-F-L's defensive player-of-the-year last season. He appeared to swing a leg at Packers' tight end Richard Rodgers, in a pile for a fumble recovered by Green Bay. After he got up, Kuechly swung his arms while restrained in the back by official Steve Freeman. The defender calmed down when he saw that it was an official who was holding him.
Meanwhile, former Green Bay linebacker Erik Walden of Indianapolis was ejected for touching an official shortly before halftime of the Colts' 27-nothing win over Cincinnati. Head linesman Bruce Stritesky had an arm on Walden when the player swiped it down and pushed it away. Walden, who won a Super Bowl ring with the Packers in 2010, was suspended for one game last season for head-butting a player after his helmet was knocked off against Tennessee.
Green Bay and Detroit have opened up a two-game lead in the N-F-C North, after both won yesterday. The Packers and Lions are both 5-and-2. Detroit kept pace with a 24-23 home win over New Orleans. Chicago's in third place at 3-and-4, after losing at home to Miami 27-to-14. Minnesota remains last in the division at 2-and-5, after a 17-16 loss at Buffalo.
Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford led two fourth-quarter touchdown drives. Corey Fuller caught the game-winner with 1:48 to play.
The Bears trailed 14-nothing at the half, and could never catch up to Miami after that. Dolphins' quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed his first 14 passes. Matt Forte scored both of Chicago's touchdowns with a run and a catch. After the game, various media said Bears' receiver Brandon Marshall was overheard outside the locker room yelling at quarterback Jay Cutler and others. Both Marshall and Cutler confirmed ramped-up emotions afterward. Marshall said Chicago's offensive performance was "unacceptable."
The Vikings' came loss came with just one second left, as Kyle Orton hit Sammy Watkins for the decisive two-yard scoring strike. Rookie running back Jerick McKinnon rushed for 103 yards for Minnesota.
Former Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre congratulated Peyton Manning for breaking Favre's N-F-L career touchdown pass record last night. Manning went into Denver's home game with San Francisco two T-D's short of Favre's record of 508. Manning's third T-D of the night was an eight-yarder to Demaryius Thomas late in the second quarter. On the giant scoreboard after the play, Favre said he wasn't surprised Manning broke his record. Favre said he enjoyed both competing against Manning and watching him. Favre held the record for seven seasons, when he broke Dan Marino's career mark of 421 touchdown passes in September of 2007 at Minnesota. Manning had four T-D passes in Denver's 42-to-17 win over San Francisco, giving up 510 and counting.
Wisconsin NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth has advanced to the final eight in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The Cambridge native made the Eliminator Round after placing second yesterday in the Geico-500 at Talladega. Four drivers were eliminated from the Chase after that event -- Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Junior, and Kasey Kahne. The other eight are still in contention for the season championship in NASCAR's top series, which Kenseth won in 2003. Kenseth is currently fifth in the standings, but the Top-Eight drivers will all have their points re-set at four-thousand. Winners of the next three races will automatically be among the four finalists for the title in the year's final Sprint Cup race at Miami. The driver with the most points will be the other finalist. Travis Kvapil of Janesville was sixth in yesterday's race. Beloit-born Danica Patrick finished 19th. Paul Menard of Eau Claire was 36th after a crash ended his day early.
In golf, Fox Point native Skip Kendall tied for sixth place at the Greater Hickory Kia Classic on the senior P-G-A Champions Tour. Kendall shot a five-under-par 66 in his third-and-final round yesterday at Rock Barn in Conover North Carolina. He finished at 11-under-202 -- six strokes behind the winner, Jay Haas. It was Kendall's first Top-ten finish on the senior tour, which he joined almost a month-and-a-half ago when he turned 50. Rhinelander native Dan Forsman tied for 66th, at two-over-215. He shot a four-over-75 in his final round yesterday.
The Marquette women's soccer team lost its first Big East Conference home match last night, 3-to-2 in double overtime to DePaul. Alexa Ben scored off a corner in the 104th minute, as the 12th-ranked Blue Demons improved to 5-0-and-2 in the conference and 13-0-and-3 overall. Marquette's Mary Luba tied the match late in regulation, and sent it to overtime. The Golden Eagles had a 15-to-9 shooting edge. The loss dropped them to 4-2-and-1 in the Big East and 8-7-and-2 overall.
The Camp Randall Rowing Club of Madison took first in the men's championship-four category yesterday at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge Massachusetts. The Madison boat with four Badger alums ran the three-mile upstream course in 16-minutes, 13-point-153 seconds. The Cambridge University Boat Club was more than three minutes back in second. The current Badger men placed sixth. The top Badger women's boat was the championship-eight which placed ninth.