Packers beat Lions 27-20, take NFC North lead

Packers beat Lions 27-20, take NFC North lead
December 9, 2012, 11:44 pm
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Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford (9) celebrates his touchdown run with Dominic Raiola during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) 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.


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