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NFL: Perfect Packers put Raiders in a box

SIZZLING:Green Bay ran their record to 13-0, moving the team to within three games of completing their regular season without losing a single game to any NFL rivals


Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass against the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Sunday.

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Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 281 yards with two touchdowns in less than three quarters of work, leading the Packers to a 46-16 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday and extending their perfect NFL record.

Ryan Grant had two touchdowns rushing and Charles Woodson picked off a pass against his former team as the Packers ran their record to 13-0 — moving them within three games of completing a perfect regular season. And they did it with a near-perfect performance.

Carson Palmer threw for 245 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions for the Raiders (7-6), who looked like anything but legitimate contenders in the AFC West.

The biggest concern for the Packers was an apparent left knee injury to wide receiver Greg Jennings in the third quarter.


In Cincinnati, Ohio, rookie quarterback T.J. Yates led the biggest drive in Houston history, throwing a six-yard touchdown pass with two seconds left to clinch victory over Cincinnati and seal the first ever NFL playoff berth for the franchise.

With their seventh straight win, the Texans (10-3) moved to the threshold of their first playoff berth. They clinched the AFC South title a few minutes later when Tennessee lost to New Orleans.

Cincinnati (7-6) couldn’t prevent the Texans from going 80 yards in the closing minutes, led by their third quarterback in the past four games. Yates’ six-yard throw to Kevin Walter — uncovered at the goal line — set off a celebration on the Houston sideline.


In Nashville, Tennessee, Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes to Marques Colston in the fourth quarter to lead New Orleans to their fifth straight victory, beating Tennessee.

The NFC South-leading Saints (10-3) had little trouble picking up yards, but struggled to score until Brees and Colston connected on passes of 35 and 28 yards.

The Titans (7-6) twice had the ball in the final minutes with a chance to win. The first time, New Orleans stopped Tennessee’s back-up quarterback Jake Locker on fourth-and-one at the Saints 24 with 2 minutes, 18 seconds left. The second time, Jo-Lonn Dunbar sacked a scrambling Locker on third-and-goal as time expired.

Brees threw for 347 yards and joined Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas as the only quarterbacks to throw a touchdown pass in 40 straight games.

Locker replaced Matt Hasselbeck, who hurt his left calf in the second quarter.


In Glendale, Arizona, John Skelton stepped in for the injured Kevin Kolb and threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns, helping Arizona rally and inflict just the third defeat this season upon San Francisco.

Larry Fitzgerald had seven catches for 149 yards, including a 46-yarder for a touchdown and a 53-yarder to set up the go-ahead score in the fifth victory in six games for Arizona (6-7).

Kolb left the game after a blow to the head on Arizona’s third play. Skelton, benched after throwing three interceptions in last month’s loss at San Francisco, had a 60-yard touchdown pass to Early Doucet and a three-yard toss to Andre Roberts for what proved to be the winning score early in the fourth quarter.


In Denver, Colorado, Matt Prater’s 51-yard field goal with 8:34 left in overtime gave Denver victory over Chicago, having kicked a 59-yarder with two seconds left in regulation to tie the scores.

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