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Notes From The North: Week 7




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

Detroit Lions:
Detroit 24, New Orleans 23
* Record: 5-2*

Some late-game heroics saved the Lions from a tough home loss. Detroit scored 14 points in the game's final 3:38 to rally to a one-point victory. Matthew Stafford threw a pair of touchdowns in that span – a 75-yarder to Golden Tate and a 5-yard throw to Corey Fuller – to help put the Lions ahead. The team's defense also stepped up, with some key stops late in the game, including a fourth-quarter interception of Drew Brees.

Tate stepped up again with Calvin Johnson sidelined for the second straight week because of an ankle injury. The receiver had 10 catches for 154 yards, both of which were career-highs. He also had the 75-yard touchdown that was a key in the Lions' comeback.

Green Bay Packers
Green Bay 38, Carolina 17
* Record: 5-2

Before the Panthers could even soak in the Lambeau Field atmosphere, the Packers had knocked them out. Green Bay scored 21 points in the first quarter, en route to a blowout victory. Aaron Rodgers finished 19-of-22 with three touchdowns and 255 yards, good for a passer rating of 154.5.

Since Rodgers told Packers fans to "R-E-L-A-X" on his local radio show, the quarterback has been razor sharp. In the team's last four games, he's thrown 13 touchdowns and no interceptions, while completing more than 70 percent of his passes.

Minnesota Vikings:
Buffalo 17, Minnesota 16
* Record: 2-4*

The Vikings were one second away from a big road victory, but their defense could not hold on. Buffalo quarterback Kyle Orton hit rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins for a 2-yard touchdown pass with :01 left on the fourth quarter clock, and Dan Carpenter's extra point sealed the one-point victory for the home team.

In the loss, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw the first touchdown pass of his career, a 4-yarder to Cordarrelle Patterson. Minnesota also saw a strong performance from running back Jerick McKinnon, who gained 103 yards on 19 carries.

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