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                      === Rodgers, Packers edge Lions ===
 
 Detroit,  MI  (Sports Network)  -  Aaron  Rodgers  had two  touchdown  passes,
 including  the  game-winner to Randall Cobb  late in the fourth quarter as the
 Green  Bay  Packers took a  24-20 win  over the Detroit  Lions in an NFC North
 battle at Ford Field.
 
 Rodgers  passed  for 236 yards  and an  interception on 19-of-27 attempts with
 Cobb  and  Jermichael Finley each catching  a score for the Packers (7-3), who
 have won five straight.
 
 "We  just had to  have this win," said Rodgers. "We knew it was a struggle and
 we  didn't  play our  best on  offense. But  when we  needed it, everyone came
 through and this is a big one."
 
 James  Starks had 25  carries for 74 yards while Mason Crosby missed two field
 goals, but did make one late for Green Bay, which is 2-0 in division play this
 season.
 
 Matthew  Stafford had a rough day as he went just 17-for-39 with 266 yards and
 a  touchdown along  with two  interceptions and  a lost  fumble for  the Lions
 (4-6),  who  have dropped two  straight and fell to  0-4 in division play this
 season. Calvin Johnson caught five passes for 143 yards and a touchdown.
 
 "It's  tough  enough to lose this  game without thinking about anything else,"
 said Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz. "This is a tough league and the division
 is even tougher. We had our chances today, but just couldn't pull it out."
 
 Green Bay began the winning drive at its own 18 and Starks got it started with
 an 11-yard run. Two plays later, Finley caught a pass near the right sideline,
 broke a tackle and raced 40 yards to the Detroit 31. From the 22 on 3rd-and-1,
 Rodgers lofted a pass to the left side of the end zone and Cobb came down with
 the ball for a 21-20 lead with 1:55 to play.
 
 Four  straight incompletions  from Detroit  turned  the ball  over and  Crosby
 sealed  the win with his 39-yard field goal with 19 seconds to play as Detroit
 had burned all its timeouts.
 
 Detroit's third touch of the game came after stopping Green Bay on a 4th-and-4
 at  the  Lions' 31. Facing  a 3rd-and-12, Stafford  went deep and Johnson came
 down  with  a 53-yard catch. On  3rd-and-goal at the 3-yard line, Stafford was
 sacked  for a 9-yard  loss and a 30-yard field goal from Jason Hanson gave the
 Lions a 3-0 lead with 4:24 to play in the first quarter.
 
 Green  Bay  responded with its  most impressive  drive of the game. Converting
 three  third  downs on the  11-play, 81-yard drive, the  team got into the end
 zone  when Rodgers found Finley over the middle and he took it in on a 20-yard
 score for a 7-3 lead just over a minute into the second quarter.
 
 The  Lions  came right back with  a 74-yard drive  that ended in the end zone.
 Johnson  caught passes  of 21 and 14  yards during the march while Will Heller
 had  a 17-yard catch. Mikel Leshoure's 10-yard run down to the 1-yard line set
 up  a 1st-and-goal  and he stretched it over  on the next play for a 10-7 lead
 with 8:06 left in the half.
 
 After  Green Bay  punted, Stafford and Rodgers exchanged interceptions, before
 Stafford  fumbled to  give the Packers the  ball at the Lions' 42 with under a
 minute to play. Detroit's defense held and forced a 50-yard field goal attempt
 from  Crosby. He  missed his  first try  to the  right, but  Detroit called  a
 timeout  prior to the  snap. It didn't matter, though, as he missed his second
 attempt  to the left as time expired in the half.
 
 Following  a short possession from Green Bay to start the second half, Detroit
 got  the  ball across midfield.  A pass to  Tony Scheffler, though, was tipped
 by  the  tight end into the  hands of M.D.  Jennings, who raced down the right
 sideline and into the end zone on a 72-yard score for a 14-10 lead.
 
 "It  felt good  to have that," said  Jennings. "You have to go out there every
 day and do your job because everyone is counting on you out there."
 
 The  Lions, though,  came right back down  the field to regain the lead. A 12-
 yard  catch  by Brandon Pettigrew  on third down moved  the chains and got the
 ball  across midfield.  Later from the 25 following an offensive holding call,
 Stafford  whipped  the ball down  the middle where  Johnson caught it near the
 goal line and took it in for a 17-14 lead with 3:01 to play in the third.
 
 Crosby  missed  his second  field  goal  of the  game  on  Green Bay's  second
 possession of the fourth quarter, a 38-yard attempt he pushed to the left.
 
 Detroit  got  into the Green Bay  red zone on  its ensuing touch, but was only
 able  to  come away with  three points after a  27-yard field goal from Hanson
 with 4:25 to play.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Green  Bay  has won 21  of the  last 24 games  against Detroit ... Detroit has
 allowed seven return touchdowns this season ... Mason has made just six of his
 last  13 field goal attempts ... Cobb finished with nine catches for 74 yards,
 two  carries for 19 yards and four kick returns for 71 yards. His nine catches
 were  a career-high  ... It was the  first career TD for Jennings ... Leshoure
 finished  the game with 19 carries for 84 yards ... Johnson leads the NFL with
 1,127 receiving yards, but has just three touchdowns on the season ... Detroit
 hosts  Houston  on Thanksgiving  ... Green  Bay plays in  New York against the
 Giants next Sunday.
 
 
 
 11/18 20:47:31 ET