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Notes from the North: Week 1


A look at how the rest of the NFC North fared in Week 1 action:

Green Bay Packers
Green Bay 31, Chicago 23
Record: 1-0

On Sept. 6, a day after he had been cut by the New York Giants, wide receiver James Jones agreed to a contract with the Packers. One week later, Jones was a star in the team's season-opening win. The veteran wide receiver caught four passes for 51 yards, scoring two touchdowns in the team's win at Soldier Field. Green Bay trailed by three points at halftime, but Jones' touchdown in the third quarter – his second score of the game – gave the team a lead they would never relinquish.

Aaron Rodgers threw for 189 yards and three touchdowns, while Eddie Lacy had 85 rushing yards and a score.

Next up: Sept. 20 vs. Seattle

Minnesota Vikings
San Francisco 20, Minnesota 3
Record: 0-1

Playing the late game on Monday night, the Minnesota offense appeared to be asleep against the 49ers. The team struggled to move the ball downfield in a sloppy affair. Running back Adrian Peterson, making his return after missing much of 2014 because of a suspension, had just 31 yards on 10 carries. And the team's offensive line, which was a question mark during the preseason, showed it still had a long way to go, as quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was sacked five times.

The Vikings' defense played well early on, but was worn down as the game went along. San Francisco had possession more than six minutes longer than the Vikings, thanks to a strong running game. 49ers back Carlos Hyde was a difference maker, rushing for 168 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Next up: Sept. 20 vs. Detroit

Detroit Lions
San Diego 33, Detroit 28
Record: 0-1

Midway through the second quarter, Detroit appeared well on its way to an easy season-opening win. The Lions led 21-3, thanks to some big plays. But as quickly as the lead was built, it fell apart even faster. San Diego scored 30 consecutive points for a shocking comeback win.

Matthew Stafford threw for 246 yards and two touchdowns, but he was also intercepted twice. Of his 19 completions, only two went to star receiver Calvin Johnson. On the other side, the Detroit pass defense struggled, as Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 404 yards and two scores.

Rookie Ameer Abudallah had a memorable first-career game. On his first-ever carry, he ran for a 22-yard touchdown. He finished with 50 yards rushing, 44 yards receiving and 105 yards as a kick returner.

Next up: Sept. 20 at Minnesota

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