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11/18/2012 6:32 PM EST
Rodgers lifts Packers to 24-20 win over Lions
GREEN BAY 24, DETROIT 20

By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer

DETROIT (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers are winning again, and they
aren't too concerned about how they look doing it.



Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes, including a 22-yarder
to Randall Cobb with 1:55 left, and the Packers pulled out a
24-20 win over Detroit Lions on Sunday for their fifth straight
victory.



"When our best was needed," Rodgers said, "we were able to come
through."



The Packers (7-3) moved within a half-game of first-place
Chicago in the NFC North after losing three of their first five
games. The Bears play at San Francisco on Monday night.



"Early on, we were trying to find the identity we had last year
when we had an attitude that no one could stop us coming off our
Super Bowl," receiver Donald Driver said. "Now, we got our
groove back and we're ready to roll."



The Lions (4-6), are struggling. They have dropped two in a row
to make their goal of playing in consecutive postseasons very
challenging. They begin a difficult schedule run on Thanksgiving
against AFC-South leading Houston.



Lions center Dominic Raiola bristled when asked about the team
falling short of expectations.



"That's how we got in trouble earlier in the season," Raiola
said.



Matthew Stafford couldn't put the Lions ahead on either of their
last two drives in a game he'd like to forget.



Stafford threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. One of the
interceptions was returned 72 yards by Green Bay safety M.D.
Jennings for a go-ahead score in the third quarter.



"I have to play better than that to give us a chance to win," he
said.



Rodgers acknowledged he wasn't at his best, but the fifth-year
starter was good enough.



He was 19 of 27 for 236 yards with two TDs and an interception.
His first TD pass was a 20-yard connection with wide open
Jermichael Finley early in the second quarter that gave Green
Bay its first lead.



Cobb had nine catches for 74 yards and the game-winning TD, a
twisting grab in the end zone on a lofted pass across the field.



"We just buckled," Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy said. "Even
that last touchdown late in the game, we had a chance to make a
play on it, we just didn't make the play. That's kind of been
the theme for us this year, being in position and not
finishing."



On Green Bay's next possession, Mason Crosby made a 39-yard
field goal with 19 seconds to go after missing two field goals
earlier in the game.



Finley had three receptions for 66 yards and a score for the
Packers, who were able to strike somewhat of a balance with
James Starks running for 74 yards.



Stafford completed just 17 of 39 passes - missing many receivers
badly - for 266 yards with a 25-yard TD pass to Calvin Johnson
that put Detroit ahead 17-14 late in the third quarter. Stafford
also lost a fumble near midfield in the second quarter one drive
after throwing a pass directly toward rookie cornerback Casey
Hayward, who started for the injured Sam Shields.



The Lions also had some drama on the sideline with receivers
coach Shawn Jefferson screaming at offensive coordinator Scott
Linehan late in the game.



Johnson had five receptions for 143 yards and caught a TD pass
from Stafford for the second straight week after they failed to
connect for a score in the first eight games of the season.



Mikel Leshoure had 84 yards rushing and a 1-yard TD run that
gave Detroit a 10-7 lead midway through the second quarter.



The Lions settled for field goals after driving inside the Green
Bay 10 early and late in the game and those missed opportunities
proved to be costly against a team that is building momentum.



NOTES: Lions OT Jeff Backus left in the first half with a
hamstring injury that seemed to be in his right leg and coach
Jim Schwartz said his 186-game starting streak is "definitely in
jeopardy," against Houston.



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