National Football League

       === Packers beat Cardinals, head to bye with 4-game win streak ===
 Green  Bay,  WI (Sports Network) -  Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes,
 two  to Randall Cobb, as the Green Bay Packers kept their winning streak going
 with a 31-17 victory over the reeling Arizona Cardinals.
 Rodgers only completed 14-of-30 passes for 218 yards with an interception, but
 connected  with  Tom Crabtree on  a crucial  72-yard score after the Cardinals
 pulled within seven late in the third quarter.
 Green  Bay had  a  rare advantage  in the  running  game, outgaining  Arizona,
 176-54, on the ground.
 The  Packers (6-3) head into their much-needed bye week riding a four-game win
 streak.  Already without  several key  players due  to injury,  Green Bay  saw
 linebacker  Clay Matthews  (hamstring), wide receiver Jordy Nelson (ankle) and
 offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga (hip) all exit early.
 Arizona (4-5) is also off next week, but it must recover from a different kind
 of ailment -- a debilitating five-game skid after starting the season 4-0.
 "If  you  look at  the  five  games that  we've  lost,  the one  thing  that's
 consistent  is that  we've had opportunities to make plays and we haven't done
 it," Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "It's like a broken record."
 John  Skelton was  23-of-46 through the air for 306 yards with an interception
 and a touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald in defeat.
 Early  in  the third quarter,  the Packers settled  for a 33-yard Mason Crosby
 field goal after Erik Walden intercepted a tipped pass.
 The kick gave Green Bay a seemingly comfortable 24-7 lead, but Skelton and the
 Cardinals  responded with 10 straight points to make it a one-possession game.
 Fitzgerald  finished  an 8-play, 87-yard  drive by breaking several tackles en
 route to a 31-yard touchdown.
 Another  promising  Arizona drive stalled  inside the  red zone, and Jay Feely
 booted a 20-yarder to pull within 24-17 in the final minute of the third.
 The  Packers  answered with their longest  play of the season two snaps later.
 Crabtree  ran a  delayed seam route out  of the backfield and was somehow left
 uncovered.  Rodgers  hit the tight  end in stride,  and Crabtree did the rest,
 sprinting untouched for a 72-yard score to stop the Cardinals' momentum.
 Arizona went three-and-out on its first two possessions of the fourth quarter,
 and  Skelton's incompletion  on 4th-and-3 with just over two minutes remaining
 essentially sealed the outcome.
 Rodgers  did it  all in the first  half as he showed off his precision passing
 and  scrambling  ability while even  recovering a  James Starks fumble deep in
 Packers territory.
 The  mobile  quarterback ran for  a 25-yard gain  on Green Bay's first scoring
 drive  and picked up nine more with his legs on 3rd-and-8 from the Arizona 18.
 On 3rd-and-goal from the 13, Rodgers threw a quick slant to Cobb, who used two
 blocks  from  his fellow  receivers, spun  off a defender  inside the five and
 broke the plane with 5:31 remaining in the first quarter.
 Rodgers  was  credited with  an interception  on the first  play of the second
 quarter when Cardinals cornerback William Gay wrestled the ball away from Cobb
 after the ball bounced off the receiver's chest.
 On  the first play after the turnover, Skelton hit Andre Roberts for a 40-yard
 gain  down to  the Green Bay three, and LaRod Stephens-Howling bounced outside
 two plays later for a 1-yard TD run.
 The  Packers responded with a 12-play, 80-yard march, capped by Cobb making an
 over-the-shoulder catch in the right side of the end zone.
 James Jones scored just after the two-minute warning, as he jumped over rookie
 cornerback  Jamell  Fleming and hauled in  Rodgers' 28-yard toss near the left
 pylon for a 21-7 lead heading into the break. Rodgers kept that drive alive by
 diving head-first to corral Starks' fumble at the 32-yard line.
 "That  was probably  my best play of  the game," Rodgers said. "I saw the ball
 come  out, and it was like slow motion for me. I saw the ball and tried to get
 in position to scoop and cover."
                                   Game Notes
 Rodgers'  interception was  his  first in  131 attempts  ...  Jones has  eight
 touchdown  catches this  season. He came in  tied for the league lead with Rob
 Gronkowski,  Victor  Cruz and A.J.  Green ... Cobb  caught three passes for 37
 yards,  added 29  yards on three rushes  and had 136 yards on punt and kickoff
 returns  ...  Starks had  a team-high 61  rushing yards on  17 carries ... The
 Packers  played without  wide receiver Greg Jennings (abdominal), running back
 Cedric   Benson  (foot),  defensive  back  Charles  Woodson  (collarbone)  and
 defensive  end Jerel  Worthy (concussion) ... Stephens-Howling logged 51 yards
 on 17 carries ...Fitzgerald finished with six catches for 74 yards.
 11/04 18:25:07 ET

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