Sunday's NFL roundup: Packers keep pace with Lions
Green Bay, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and thePackers pulled away from the Texans with two fourth-quarter touchdowns for a 21-13 win Sunday to get back to .500.
The Packers (6-6) weathered snowy conditions at Lambeau Field, making just enough plays on the cold turf to even their record for the first time since they were 4-4 after losing to the Colts on Nov. 6. The Packers are tied with the Vikings, two games behind the Lions in the NFC North.
“Well, that was a good bad-weather win. A lot of fun to play in that type of atmosphere in Lambeau Field,” coach Mike McCarthy said.
Brock Osweiler connected with DeAndre Hopkins for a 44-yard touchdown pass with 1:51 left to get within eight for Houston.
Nick Novak missed the extra point, with footing slippery at Lambeau.
The Texans (6-6) had one last shot after the Packers failed to run out the clock. But Osweiler’s last-ditch pass-and-lateral play from Houston’s 12 with 4 seconds left failed, handing Houston its third straight loss.
The Texans are tied with idle Tennessee and a half-game ahead of Indianapolis, which plays the Jets tonight, for the AFC South lead.
“We’re at a tough stretch right now, three in a row,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said.
“Played OK at times, but obviously not good enough to win.”
The Packers broke a 7-7 tie when Rodgers found Jordy Nelson open in the end zone for a 32-yard touchdown pass with 12:42 left after Texans cornerback Charles James slipped on the turf.
Nelson, who missed last season with a knee injury, finished with eight catches for 118 yards.
“I don’t know how much more Jordy needs to prove,” McCarthy said. “He’s going through what every great player goes through in that first year back from major injury.”
Aaron Ripkowski’s 3-yard touchdown run with 4:11 left proved to be the decisive score for Green Bay, which has won two straight following a four-game losing streak.
Hopkins finished with just two catches for 55 yards for the Texans.
(At) Seattle 40, Carolina 7: Thomas Rawls ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, Tyler Lockett took a reverse 75 yards for a score to open the second half and Seattle routed Carolina.
The Seahawks (8-3-1) rolled up a season-high 534 yards and kept a three-game lead over Arizona in the division with four remaining. Rawls finished with 106 yards on 15 carries, quiet in the second half after briefly being checked for a concussion. Russell Wilson was 26 of 36 for 277 yards and a touchdown.
Carolina dropped to 4-8.
(At) Baltimore 38, Miami 6: Joe Flacco threw for 381 yards and four touchdowns, and the Ravens ended the Dolphins’ six-game winning streak.
Baltimore (7-5) led 24-0 at halftime behind Flacco and a dominant performance from the league’s second-ranked defense.
The Ravens won their fourth in five games. Miami also is 7-5.
Flacco finished with a franchise-record 36 completions in 47 attempts.
(At) Oakland 38, Buffalo 24: Derek Carr threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns to rally the Raiders to their biggest comeback in 16 years.
After falling behind 24-9 following touchdowns on the first two drives of the second half for Buffalo (6-6), the Raiders (10-2) took the game over with 29 straight points and won their sixth straight to remain one game ahead of Kansas City in the AFC West.
It was the biggest comeback for the Raiders since overcoming a 21-point deficit to Indianapolis to win 38-31 on Sept. 10, 2000.
(At) Arizona 31, Washington 23: Carson Palmer threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns and David Johnson scored twice for the Cardinals.
The loss by Washington (6-5-1) clinched a playoff spot for Dallas.
Palmer’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Johnson with 11:09 to play put Arizona ahead 24-20, the fourth lead change of the second half.
After a Washington field goal, Palmer’s 42-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Nelson with 1:56 padded gave the Cardinals (5-6-1) a 31-23 lead.
Tampa Bay 28, (at) San Diego 21: Jameis Winston threw a go-ahead, 12-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Brate midway through the fourth quarter and Keith Tandy intercepted Philip Rivers in the end zone with 2:56 left to give the Buccaneers their fourth straight victory.
Tampa Bay (7-5) pulled into a tie with Atlanta atop the NFC South.
Kansas City 29, (at) Atlanta 28: Eric Berry returned an interception for a touchdown, and then brought back another pick for a 2-point conversion that gave the Chiefs an improbable victory.
The Falcons (7-5), rallying from a 27-16 deficit, went ahead 28-27 on Matt Ryan’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson with 4:32 remaining.
Atlanta decided to go for 2, looking to stretch the margin to a field goal. But Berry stepped in front of Ryan’s pass and ran 99 yards the other way to give the Chiefs (9-3) their winning margin.
Berry had another huge play with less than a minute to go in the first half, picking off Ryan’s pass over the middle and bringing it back 37 yards for a touchdown. After reaching the end zone, the suburban Atlanta native handed the ball to his mother sitting in the stands at the Georgia Dome.
Denver 20, (at) Jacksonville 10: Bradley Roby returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown, helping the Broncos (8-4) gain ground in the AFC playoff picture.
Roby picked off Blake Bortles’ wobbler across the middle in the third quarter and went untouched the other way. Star linebacker Von Miller hit Bortles as he released the ball.
Jacksonville had a chance to tie in the final minutes, but Bortles fumbled trying to make a play in the pocket.
(At) New England 26, Los Angeles 10 : Tom Brady threw for 269 yards and a touchdown, a 14-yard pass to Chris Hogan in the first quarter.
LeGarrette Blount scored the game’s first touchdown , rumbling for a 43-yard, ankle-breaking score in the first quarter while spinning around safety Maurice Alexander in the process. He finished with 88 yards on 18 carries.
The Patriots (10-2) have won seven of their last eight.
(At) Cincinnati 32, Philadelphia 14: Andy Dalton threw a pair of touchdown passes and Cincinnati finally got its depleted offense moving without receiver A.J. Green.
The Bengals (4-7-1) got their first win since Oct. 23, beating a team that’s in a swoon of its own. The Eagles (5-7) opened the season with three straight wins, but have dropped seven of nine.