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Lions Cut RB Bush, Packers Cut LB Hawk

Lions Cut RB Bush, Packers Cut LB Hawk

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The top two teams in the NFC North have released two of their most prominent players.

The Detroit Lions will part ways with running back Reggie Bush and the Green Bay Packers have released inside linebacker A.J. Hawk.

Hawk was the fifth overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft by the Packers. He spent the last nine seasons with the team and is the franchise’s all-time leading tackler with 1,118.

"A.J. is a consummate Packer and we are grateful for all that he has given and how he represented the organization over the past nine seasons," Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement.

The move frees up $3.5 million in cap space for Green Bay.

Bush, who signed a four-year deal with the Lions in 2013, could not stay healthy. He played in 25 games in two seasons with Detroit, missing five this past season as he dealt with a nagging ankle injury. The move frees up $1.7 million in cap space.

The Packers (12-4) won the NFC North last season when they defeated the Lions (11-5) 30-20 in Week 17.

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Aaron Rodgers on Stunning Loss to Seattle: ‘Will Hurt for a While’

Aaron Rodgers on Stunning Loss to Seattle: ‘Will Hurt for a While’

Tom Lynn /Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- The Green Bay Packers let one get away on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

Green Bay had a 19-7 lead with less than three minutes remaining in the game before Russell Wilson, a huge onside kick, and Marshawn Lynch erased that deficit.

Rodgers was seeking his second Super Bowl appearance of his career, the last came in 2012 against the Steelers.

"This one's going to hurt for a while because of the close proximity to feeling that feeling when the clock hits zero when you're ahead," Rodgers said of the stunning loss.  "We gave it away."

Following Wilson's one-yard touchdown run, the Seahawks went with an onside kick that Brandon Bostwick let go through his hands to give them the ball back with 2:13 left in the game, which set up the Lynch 24-yard rushing touchdown and a two-point conversion.

"Just have to move on I guess," Bostwick said of not recovering the onside kick.  "I don't really know what to say."

"I just reacted and thought I'd make a play on it, but obviously I didn't," Bostwick continued.

Had it not been for Mason Crosby's fifth field goal of the game with 14 seconds left to tie things up, the Packers' season would have ended sooner.

Seattle won the coin toss in overtime and Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse with a 35-yard touchdown to end the game.

"If I played a really bad game, yeah, it'd eat at me all offseason," Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said, who was covering Kearse.  "I don't feel that I played bad at all.  I feel that I played that I played a good game."

"The guy at the end of the game made a play," Williams continued.  "You've got to give him his credibility."

Green Bay is now 3-3 in NFC Championship games.  They have five Super Bowl titles in franchise history.

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Seahawks Stun Packers in OT, 28-22, Will Defend Super Bowl Title

Seahawks Stun Packers in OT, 28-22, Will Defend Super Bowl Title

Kevin Casey/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- The Seattle Seahawks are headed back to defend their Super Bowl title on Feb. 1 after they came back from 19-7 down to beat the Green Bay Packers 28-22 in overtime.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw a career-high four interceptions, but pulled them within five on a rushing touchdown with 2:09 left in the game.

Following the score, Seattle went with an onside kick that Chris Matthews recovered, which set up Marshawn Lynch's 24-yard rushing touchdown with 1:25 left in the game.  Wilson would hit Luke Wilson in the end zone for the two-point conversion to take a three point lead.

Mason Crosby's 48-yard field goal with 14 seconds left tied the game up before Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse with a 35-yard touchdown pass in overtime to end the game.

Lynch rushed for 157 yards in the victory to go along with the touchdown.  Wilson finished the game with 209 yards, the rushing touchdown, and game winning pass to Kearse.

The Packers offense failed to convert on offense early in the first quarter and settled for two field goals.

Aaron Rodgers finished with two picks, a touchdown, and threw for 178 yards in the loss.

Seattle has now won nine in a row at Century Link in the postseason and are the first team to repeat as conference champions since the New England Patriots ten years ago.

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Rodgers Says He Will Play Sunday

Rodgers Says He Will Play Sunday

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has not practiced since re-injuring his left calf on Dec. 28 against the Detroit Lions, says he will be ready to play Sunday when the team hosts the Dallas Cowboys in a NFC divisional playoff game."I'm going on Sunday," Rodgers said Wednesday. "It's just a matter of how."Rodgers missed the Packers' two practices last week during the bye as well as practice Wednesday. Despite that, there still is a chance Rodgers could practice Thursday."It just kind of depends on how it feels," Rodgers said Wednesday. "I met with Doc. I've seen him every day. Nothing really changed on the schedule. This was kind of the plan from the start. It's progressing, but we'll see how it feels tomorrow."Rodgers has started all 16 games for the Packers (12-4) this season. During that time, he's completed 65.6% of his passes for 4,381 yards, 38 touchdowns, and only five interceptions.

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Rodgers Leaves Game, Returns to Lead Packers to Division Title

Rodgers Leaves Game, Returns to Lead Packers to Division Title

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- The Detroit Lions couldn't hold down Aaron Rodgers.Rodgers was carted to the locker room in the second quarter after tweaking his previously injured left calf, but returned in the second half to throw and run for a touchdown and lead the Green Bay Packers to a 30-20 win over the Lions Sunday, clinching the NFC North title.The win also clinches the Packers (12-4) a first-round bye and the number-two seed in the NFC.After missing the first series of the third quarter, Rodgers returned to lead the Packers on a 75-yard scoring drive that ended with him throwing a 13-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb.Despite the loss, the Lions (11-5) are still playoff bound and will take on the Cowboys in Dallas next week.Matthew Stafford completed only 20 of his 41 passes but threw for three touchdowns in the loss.It's the Packers' fourth-straight NFC North championship.

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Packers and Lions to Go Head-to-Head with NFC North on the Line

Packers and Lions to Go Head-to-Head with NFC North on the LineJonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY) -- The Green Bay Packers will host the Detroit Lions on Sunday with the NFC North on the line. Green Bay is 7-0 at Lambeau Field this year and understands the importance of getting a bye in the first week of the ...

Packers Pace Buccaneers

Packers Pace Buccaneers

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(TAMPA BAY) -- The Green Bay Packers took care of business Sunday with a 20-3 win over the Buccaneers.

Aaron Rodgers continued his magnificent season, picking apart the Bucs secondary, completing 31 of 40 passes for 318 yards and a touchdown.

Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson proved to be the reliable targets that Rodgers has trusted all seasons. Cobb caught 11 passes for 131 yards and Nelson 9 passes for 113 yards and the one Packers aerial touchdown.

Eddie Lacy provided balance for the Packers offense, rushing for 99 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries. 

The Packers' defense clamped down on Tampa Bay, as they held Bucs running back Doug Martin to 17 yards on the ground and kept Josh McCown in check. McCown threw for just 147 yards and tossed an interception.

The Packers host the Detroit Lions next week, with the winner earning the NFC North title.

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Packers Stay Strong at Home Against Falcons

Packers Stay Strong at Home Against Falcons

Tom Lynn /Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wi.) -- The Green Bay Packers maintained home dominance with a 43-37 victory over the Atlanta Falcons Monday night.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers continued his MVP-like season, completing 24 of 36 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns. 

The Packers also leaned on their running game to keep the Falcons off balance.  Eddie Lacy and James Starks each ran for a touchdown and combined for 148 yards on 23 carries. 

The Falcons fell behind early, surrendering a 24 point lead at halftime. Julio Jones helped lead an Atlanta rally, catching a career best 259 yards on 11 catches, including a 22-yard touchdown that contributed to a 20 point Falcons fourth quarter.

Green Bay (10-3) has won all seven of their home games so far this season, scoring at least 38 points in four of their last five games in Lambeau. Their final home game will be in week 17 against the Detroit Lions, who are one game behind the Packers in the NFC North at 9-4. 

 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/8/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/8/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: New Jersey Devils 2 (11-13-4, 26pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 1 (8-16-3, 19pts)

New York Rangers 4 (12-10-4, 28pts) - Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (18-6-3, 39pts) - OT

NBA: Atlanta Hawks 108 (14-6) - Indiana Pacers 92 (7-14)

Cleveland Cavaliers 110 (12-7) - Brooklyn Nets 88 (8-11)

Toronto Raptors 112 (16-5) - Denver Nuggets 107 (9-12) - OT

Washington Wizards 133 (14-6) - Boston Celtics 132 (7-12) - 2OT

Golden State Warriors 102 (18-2) - Minnesota Timberwolves 86 (4-16)

Top 25 College Basketball: (15) Butler 93 (8-1) - Kennesaw St. 51 (3-7)

(20) Miami 70 (9-1) - Savannah State 39 (3-7)

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Monday Night Football Preview

Monday Night Football Preview

Tom Lynn /Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wisc.) -- The Green Bay Packers will host the Atlanta Falcons on Monday in a battle of two first place teams.

Green Bay is coming off an impressive 26-21 win over the Patriots last Sunday and quarterback Aaron Rodgers knows how critical winning in the final stretch of the season is.

"We have some big goals, and we're getting into December football now with a chance with everything right in front of us," Rodgers said.

Rodgers has completed 66.3 percent of his passes and has thrown 32 touchdowns this year..

"No disrespect to any quarterback in the NFL, but right now he's at a level that much higher than anybody else," Falcons head coach Mike Smith said this week.  "I don't know that there's been a quarterback that's had a stretch like he's had in the history of the NFL." 

The Falcons have won their last three out of four games, but are 2-4 on the road this year.

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Rodgers Outduels Brady in Win Over Patriots

Rodgers Outduels Brady in Win Over Patriots

Tom Lynn /Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wisc.) -- The Green Bay Packers went up 13-0 in the first quarter and held on late as Aaron Rodgers outdueled Tom Brady, beating the New England Patriots 26-21 on Sunday afternoon. The matchup was the first ever meeting between two of the top quarterbacks in the NFL.

The Packers (9-3) got a pair of Mason Crosby field goals to open the scoring, before Rodgers found Richard Rodgers for a 32-yard touchdown pass and a 13-0 advantage. New England (9-3) got on the board quickly in the second with a 6-yard run from Brandon Bolden, making it a 13-7 game. After a third Crosby field goal the two teams traded touchdown passes, giving Green Bay a 23-14 lead at halftime.

A scoreless third quarter set up a dramatic final frame with the Patriots closing the gap almost immediately. Just over a minute into the period, Brady connected with Brandon LaFell on a 15-yard scoring play that brough New England within two at 23-21. Crosby would add another field goal, his fourth of the game, to make it a five point lead with less than nine minutes remaining in regulation.

New England looked to drive down the field and had a 3rd-and-nine at the Packers 20-yard line. Brady, who had not been sacked all game, was brought down for a 9-yard loss. That was followed by a missed field goal from Stephen Gostkowski, giving the ball back to Green Bay. With no timeouts, the Patriots could not stop the clock as the Packers improved to 6-0 at home.

Both quarterbacks performed well with each tossing a pair of touchdowns and neither throwing an interception. However, Rodgers was 24-for-38 for 368 yards while Brady was just 22-for-35 for only 245 yards.

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Rodgers Ties NFL Record in Packers Rout

Rodgers Ties NFL Record in Packers Rout

Tom Lynn /Getty Images(GREEN BAY Wisc.) -- Aaron Rodgers tied an NFL record by throwing six touchdowns in the first half as Green Bay walloped the Chicago Bears 55-14 on Sunday night at Lambeau Field. The Packers (6-3) jumped out to a 45-0 lead before Chicago (3-6) finally got on the board in the third quarter.

"We just kind of got things going our way," Rodgers said. "The line did a good job of giving me time to extend plays. If you extend plays, you look down the field and there's Jordy Nelson. He made some nice catches."

Nelson had six catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Rodgers' six touchdown passes tied the Green Bay record for most scoring tosses in a game, while also tying Daryle Lamonica's NFL record for most touchdown passes in a half, which he set in 1969 while playing for Oakland.

All six of the Packers' scores in the first half came from a Rodgers pass. It began with a 1-yard strike to Brandon Bostick in the first and included scoring plays of 73, 56, and 40-yards. Chicago finally found the end zone when Jay Cutler hit Brandon Marshall for a 45-yard touchdown in the first half. 

Rodgers finished the day with 325 passing yards in the win while Cutler tossed one touchdown for 272 yards to go along with two interceptions. Cutler's second interception was returned 82 yards by Casey Hayward for a touchdown.

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Mike McCarthy & Green Bay Packers Agree to Contract Extension

Mike McCarthy & Green Bay Packers Agree to Contract Extension

iStock/Thinkstock(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- The Green Bay Packers and head coach Mike McCarthy have agreed to a contract extension, the team announced on Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In nine seasons at the helm of the Packers, McCarthy has compiled an overall record of 93-53, winning four division titles, an NFC championship and a Super Bowl title in the 2010 season.

His 93 wins rank third in franchise history behind Curly Lambeau, with 212, and Vince Lombardi, with 98.

“We are very happy to extend our relationship with Mike,” Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement. “Over the past nine years, he’s provided great stability and consistency to the Packers organization and our community as an excellent coach and leader. He’s a good man and we look forward to the future with Mike as our head coach.”

Before joining the Packers in 2006, McCarthy served as an offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints (2000-04) and San Francisco 49ers (2005).

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Saints March Past Packers at Home

Saints March Past Packers at Home

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Drew Brees threw for three touchdowns while Mark Ingram ran for 172 yards and another score, helping the New Orleans Saints rout Green Bay 44-23 on Sunday night. The loss snapped the Packers (5-3) four-game winning streak while pulling the Saints (3-4) into a tie atop the NFC South.

"All we talked about all week long is just coming together as a team and playing a complete game as a team," said Brees. "It was a perfect representation of that."

Green Bay jumped on top early when Aaron Rodgers hit Randall Cobb on a 70-yard touchdown strike just two minutes into the first quarter. The Saints quickly countered with touchdown of their own, courtesy of Brandin Cooks' four-yard run. Both teams each converted three field goals in the first half, heading into halftime tied at 16-16.

The second half featured a little more defense, both teams scored on every possession in the first, but only from the Saints. After New Orleans turned the ball over on downs, the defense picked off Rodgers inside the redzone. Four plays later, Brees connected with Cooks on a 50-yard touchdown pass to put the Saints up 23-16. 

Brees would also find Jimmy Graham and Josh Hill in the end zone, giving New Orleans a 37-16 lead before the Packers finally scored in the fourth quarter. The Saints quarterback finished the game with 311 yards on 27-of-32 passing. 

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Austin Davis Says He’s Humbled by Brett Favre’s Comments

Austin Davis Says He’s Humbled by Brett Favre’s Comments

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- St. Louis Rams quarterback Austin Davis received some high praise from future Hall of Famer Brett Favre this week.

Favre spoke with ESPN's Ed Werder and compared the Southern Miss alumni to another future Hall of Famer.

"Austin can definitely play at this level," Favre told Werder this week. "Not to sound off my rocker, but [Davis], in my mind, can be the next Tom Brady or Kurt Warner. [Brian] Hoyer as well. Austin, like those mentioned, just needed a legit opportunity."

Davis was humbled by the comments and said that Favre has sent him text messages of encouragement. Still, he told reporters that he just wants to be himself.

"I don't really want to be the next anybody," Davis said. "I just want to be the first Austin Davis and just keep doing what we're doing."

Davis and the Rams are coming off a 28-26 win over the Seahawks last Sunday.

"It felt good to get one this past week. I think it was much needed for our football team," Davis said of the win.

The Rams (2-4) will travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs (3-3) on Sunday.

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Packers Sink Vikings 42-10

Packers Sink Vikings 42-10

Tom Lynn /Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- Aaron Rodgers continued to give the Green Bay Packer fans another reason to relax.Rodgers completed 12 of 17 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Packers past the Minnesota Vikings 42-10 Thursday night.After a four-and-out on their first drive of the game, the Packers scored on consecutive offensive possessions on two Rodgers' touchdown passes, the second being a 66-yard bomb to Jordy Nelson.This game was good for anybody wearing green: Packers running back Eddie Lacy rushed for over 100 yards for the first time this season and two touchdowns in the win.The Green Bay defense did its part, turning the Vikings over three times, one of them being a 49-yard pick-six to linebacker Julius Peppers.After the Packers lost two out of their first three games of the season, the Green Bay fans were getting restless. That prompted Rodgers to tell the Packer fans to "relax" during his weekly radio show on ESPN Milwaukee. Since then, the Packers have blown out both the Chicago Bears and now the Vikings.Christian Ponder, who started in place of the injured Teddy Bridgewater, completed 22 of 44 passes for 144 yards and two interceptions, while rushing for one touchdown.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/2/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/2/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: American League Divisional Series: Baltimore Orioles 12 - Detroit Tigers 3 (Orioles lead series, 1-0)

Kansas City Royals 3 - Los Angeles Angels 2 - 11 Innings (Royals lead series, 1-0)

Top 25 College Football: Arizona 31 (5-0) - (2) Oregon 24 (4-1)

NFL: Green Bay Packers 42 (3-2) - Minnesota Vikings 10 (2-3) 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/28/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/28/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Green Bay Packers 38 (2-2) - Chicago Bears 17 (2-2)

Indianapolis Colts 41 (2-2) - Tennessee Titans 17 (1-3) 

Baltimore Ravens 38 (3-1) - Carolina Panthers 10 (2-2)

Detroit Lions 24 (3-1) - New York Jets 17 (1-3)

Miami Dolphins 38 (2-2) - Oakland Raiders 14 (0-4)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 (1-3) - Pittsburgh Steelers 24 (2-2)

Houston Texans 23 (3-1) - Buffalo Bills 17 (2-2)

San Diego Chargers 33 (3-1) - Jacksonville Jaguars 14 (0-4)

Minnesota Vikings 41 (2-2) - Atlanta Falcons 28 (2-2) 

San Francisco 49ers 26 (2-2) - Philadelphia Eagles 21 (3-1)

Dallas Cowboys 38 (3-1) - New Orleans Saints 17 (1-2)

MLB: Cleveland Indians 7 (85-77) - Tampa Bay Rays 2 (77-85)

Cincinnati Reds 4 (76-86) - Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (88-74)

Baltimore Orioles 1 (96-66) - Toronto Blue Jays 0 (83-79)

New York Mets 8 (79-83) - Houston Astros 3 (70-92)

Detroit Tigers 3 (90-72) - Minnesota Twins 0 (70-92)

Washington Nationals 1 (96-66) - Miami Marlins 0 (77-85)

Atlanta Braves 2 (79-83) - Philadelphia Phillies 1 (73-89)

New York Yankees 9 (84-78) - Boston Red Sox 5 (71-91)

Kansas City Royals 6 (89-73) - Chicago White Sox 4 (73-89)

Chicago Cubs 5 (73-89) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (82-80)

Oakland Athletics 4 (88-74) - Texas Rangers 0 (67-95)

St. Louis Cardinals 1 (90-72) - Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (64-98)

San Francisco Giants 9 (88-74) - San Diego Padres 3 (77-85)

Seattle Mariners 4 (87-75) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 (98-64)

Los Angeles Dodgers 10 (94-68) - Colorado Rockies 5 (66-96)

NASCAR: Jeff Gordon won the Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway.

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Seahawks Start Title Defense by Blowing Out Packers

Seahawks Start Title Defense by Blowing Out PackersKevin Casey/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- The Seattle Seahawks are not having a Super Bowl hangover.  Marshawn Lynch rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns and Russell Wilson threw for two scores, as the Seahawks started off their title defense by blo...

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Seattle Seahawks 36 (1-0) - Green Bay Packers 16 (0-1)

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 1 (72-67) - Tampa Bay Rays 0 (67-74) - 10 Innings

New York Yankees 5 (72-66) - Boston Red Sox 4 (61-79) 

Baltimore Orioles 9 (82-57) - Cincinnati Reds 7 (66-74) 

Seattle Mariners 10 (76-63) - Texas Rangers 2 (53-87)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (84-55) - Minnesota Twins 4 (61-79)

Detroit Tigers 11 (77-63) - Cleveland Indians 4 (71-67) - 11 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 3 (77-63) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (73-67)

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (59-81) - San Diego Padres 1 (66-73)

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