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Notes from the North: Week 4


A look at how the rest of the NFC North fared in Week 4 action:

Green Bay Packers
Green Bay 17, San Francisco 3
* Record: 4-0*

Led by its defense, Green Bay took control early and never looked back against the 49ers. Aaron Rodgers threw a touchdown to tight end Richard Rodgers in the first quarter, and that was all that the Packers defense needed. The unit sacked Colin Kaepernick six times and intercepted him once in a dominant performance.

Aaron Rodgers was good, as always, throwing for 224 yards while completing 69 percent of his passes. The Packers also received 90 rushing yards from Eddie Lacy in the win.

Up next: Oct. 11 vs. St. Louis

Minnesota Vikings
Denver 23, Minnesota 20
* Record: 2-2*

The Vikings went toe-to-toe with Peyton Manning and the unbeaten Broncos. In the end, however, Minnesota couldn't do enough to overcome the ferocious Denver defense and lost its chance to pull off an impressive road win.

Adrian Peterson ran for 81 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that tied the game. Manning threw two interceptions, but still was able to lead the Broncos to a go-ahead field goal with 1:51 to go. Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had the chance to respond, but he was strip-sacked with 35 seconds left, ending Minnesota's chances. Bridgewater was sacked seven times in the game.

Up next: Bye week

Detroit Lions
Seattle 13, Detroit 10
* Record: 0-4*

Few defeats in Lions history have been more heartbreaking than this one. Detroit came within inches of scoring the go-ahead touchdown with less than two minutes to go, but Seattle safety Kam Chancellor punched the ball loose from Calvin Johnson, just as the Lions receiver was approaching the goal line. The ball bounced into the end zone, where it was batted - illegally, it turns out - for a Seattle touchback. Russell Wilson ran out the clock and the Seahawks escaped with a win.

The Lions defense played well, keeping the team in the game down to the very end. Detroit sacked Wilson six times and forced two fourth-quarter turnovers. Defensive tackle Caraun Reid recovered a fumble and returned it 27 yards for a score to provide the Lions' only touchdown.

Detroit is now the only winless team in the NFL.

Up next: Oct. 11 vs. Arizona

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