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Notes From The North: Week 6




A look at how the rest the other three teams in the NFC North fared this weekend.

Detroit Lions:
Detroit 17, Minnesota 3
* Record: 4-2*

Despite playing without their top running back – Reggie Bush – and top wide receiver – Calvin Johnson – the Lions were able to earn an important road win within the division. Joique Bell ran for 74 yards and a touchdown in place of Bush, while Golden Tate did much of the work in the passing game, hauling in seven receptions.

The Lions' defense also stepped up with a big game, forcing three turnovers and recording eight sacks. Ezekiel Ansah and Ndamukong Suh led the pass rush, combining for 4.5 sacks on the day.

Green Bay Packers
Green Bay 27, Miami 24
* Record: 4-2

A late rally led the Packers to a road win. Green Bay scored 10 points in the final 4:09 of the fourth quarter, with the game-winning score – a 4-yard touchdown from Aaron Rodgers to Andrew Quarless – coming with four seconds remaining. Rodgers finished the game with 264 passing yards and three touchdowns.

The Packers had possession of the ball for more than 37 minutes, but still needed to rally at the end. After Mason Crosby made a 30-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter, the Packers defense was able to get the stop they needed, forcing a Miami punt with 2:04 remaining. Rodgers did the rest of the work, even faking a clock-stopping spike to help set up the game-winning TD pass.

Minnesota Vikings:
Detroit 17, Minnesota 3
* Record: 2-4*

Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has flashed the potential the Vikings saw in him to use a first-round selection on him last May, but Sunday was not his finest afternoon. Bridgewater threw three interceptions and was sacked eight times, as the Minnesota offense was never able to get much going versus a stout Detroit defense.

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