Green Bay heat: Rodgers and Packers unstoppable
It's heating up in Green Bay.
Yep, the Packers couldn't be hotter. Aaron Rodgers passed for 341 yards and three touchdowns, Julius Peppers returned his second interception of the season for a score, and Green Bay's defense stuffed high-octane Philadelphia for a 53-20 rout.
The Packers (7-3) raced to a 30-6 halftime lead. Green Bay is the first team in NFL history to score at least 28 points in the first half of four consecutive home games.
''We felt strongly that this game was going to come down to big plays, the big-play opportunities,'' coach Mike McCarthy said, ''and I thought our players did an excellent job in all three phases.''
Rodgers threw for two touchdowns in the first half, while Micah Hyde scored on a 75-yard punt return.
''This is not easy,'' said Rodgers, who broke Tom Brady's NFL record of 288 straight passes at home without an interception. ''There's a lot of preparation that goes into it. It takes 11 guys to win, to do the job to make something like that happen.''
Philadelphia (7-3) was held to 11 points below its NFC-leading scoring average and is tied with Dallas atop the NFC East.
On Monday night, Pittsburgh (6-4) is at Tennessee (2-7).
The weekend began with Miami (6-4) beating Buffalo (5-5) 22-9 on Thursday night.
Off this week were Baltimore (6-4), the New York Jets (2-8), Jacksonville (1-9) and Dallas (7-3).
PATRIOTS 42, COLTS 20
At Indianapolis, unheralded Jonas Gray rushed for 199 yards and a franchise-record four touchdowns in his fourth career game.
His first two scoring runs gave New England a 14-10 halftime lead. His other two helped put the game away in the second half. Tom Brady sealed it with a late TD pass to Rob Gronkowski.
''I am blessed beyond belief,'' Gray said. ''The coaches put together a great game plan, hammered it in all week. The linemen kept keeping me positive.''
Brady threw two TD passes as the AFC-best Patriots (8-2) earned their sixth consecutive victory. New England also has won five in a row against Indianapolis (6-4).
CARDINALS 14, LIONS 6
The Cardinals (9-1) increased their lead in the NFC to two games thanks to a staunch defense
''It was a great win for us,'' Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said, ''and solidifies the belief in our locker room that whoever steps in steps up.''
Arizona won its sixth in a row; the Cardinals, with their best record through 10 games since 1948, have a three-game lead over Seattle and San Francisco in the NFC West.
CHIEFS 24, SEAHAWKS 20
At Kansas City, the Chiefs stopped Seattle on fourth down three times late in the fourth quarter and moved into a tie for the AFC West lead with Denver.
Russell Wilson threw for 178 yards and two touchdowns, and Marshawn Lynch had 124 yards rushing for Seattle (6-4). But Lynch, fresh off a four-touchdown game, was stuffed twice by the Kansas City defense with the outcome hanging in the balance.
''We're sitting there with three fourth-down plays late in the game,'' Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, ''and they stepped up and did a phenomenal job there getting off the field.''
RAMS 22, BRONCOS 7
At St. Louis, the Rams' defense made life miserable for Peyton Manning. Although Manning was 34 for 54 for 389 yards with two interceptions, he was held to a 42-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders, ending a streak of 15 consecutive games with at least two touchdown throws.
The Broncos (7-3) were held to 28 yards rushing and failed twice on fourth down deep in St. Louis territory.
Rookie Tre Mason had 29 carries for 113 yards, the most allowed by the Broncos' top-ranked run defense. Kenny Britt had four catches for 128 yards with a 63-yard score and Greg Zuerlein was a career-best 5 for 5 on field goals for the Rams (4-6), who also have beaten Seattle and San Francisco this season.
CHARGERS 13, RAIDERS 6
The skid by the Raiders (0-10) is the equivalent of a full season.
Rivers hurt his right leg midway through the third quarter but stayed in the game. The injury appeared to get progressively worse, and Rivers was walking gingerly on the sideline in the fourth period a backup Kellen Clemens warmed up. But Rivers went back in after Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 25-yard field goal to pull the Raiders within a touchdown.
BENGALS 27, SAINTS 10
At New Orleans, Andy Dalton rebounded from one of the worst outings of his career by passing for three touchdowns.
The game represented a dramatic reversal for Dalton, who completed only 10 passes for 86 yards and had a passer rating of 2.0 in a 24-3 loss to Cleveland last week.
Against New Orleans (4-6), Dalton gave the Bengals (6-3-1) an early lead they never relinquished. He was 16 of 22 for 220 yards, did not throw an interception and finished with a passer rating of 143.9.
TEXANS 23, BROWNS 7
The Browns (6-4) lost for just the second time in seven games.
49ERS 16, GIANTS 10
Rookie linebacker Chris Borland intercepted a fourth-down pass by Eli Manning at the 49ers 2 with 4:43 to play, capping a goal-line stand and sending error-plagued New York (3-7) to its fifth straight loss.
Borland had two of the 49ers' five interceptions as the Niners (6-4) survived a game in which a big advantage in time of possession and takeaways did not translate into a blowout on the scoreboard. He is the first rookie in franchise history with two picks in one game.
Linebacker Aldon Smith returned to the 49ers after a nine-game suspension.
FALCONS 19, PANTHERS 17
Bryant's 44-yard field goal with 2:08 left put Atlanta ahead for good.
Carolina's Graham Gano missed a 46-yard field goal try with 1:27 remaining and had a 63-yarder blocked as time expired.
BUCCANEERS 27, REDSKINS 7
Mike Evans caught seven passes for 209 yards and scored two touchdowns to help Tampa Bay (2-8) end a five-game losing streak. Evans became the first rookie to post three consecutive 100-yard games with at least one touchdown in each since Randy Moss in 1998. According to STATS, he's also the first rookie with 200 yards receiving and two touchdowns since Anquan Boldin in 2003.
Evans is the youngest player in NFL history with a 200-yard receiving game.
BEARS 21, VIKINGS 13
Jared Allen had a sack against Minnesota (4-6), his former team. The Bears (4-6) prevailed after joining the 1923 Rochester Jeffersons as the only teams to give up 50 or more points in consecutive games with blowouts at New England and Green Bay.
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