Rodgers leads Packers to win over Patriots

Sun Nov 30, 2014 9:02pm EST
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(Reuters) - Aaron Rodgers drove the Green Bay Packers to a 26-21 victory over New England on Sunday that lifted them to the top of the NFL standings and sent a strong message to the rest of the league they were genuine Super Bowl contenders.

Rodgers outshone the Patriots' Tom Brady with 368 yards and two touchdowns as the Packers snapped New England's (9-3) seven-game win streak and improved to 9-3 themselves.

Continuing his MVP-caliber season, Rodgers fired a 45-yard TD pass to Jordy Nelson to give Green Bay a 23-14 halftime edge, and they only needed three points in the second half to secure the triumph at Lambeau Field.

While the Packers were ascending, Arizona continued their fall from atop the NFC after a 29-18 loss in Atlanta.

Julio Jones shone with 189 receiving yards for the Falcons (5-7) who scored the game's first 17 points.

Arizona (9-3) have lost their last two games and appear limited offensively since losing starting QB Carson Palmer to a season-ending injury three weeks ago.

The San Diego Chargers stunned the Baltimore Ravens 34-33 with a fourth-quarter comeback, scoring the game-winner with seconds to play.

The Chargers (8-4 in the AFC West) trailed 30-20 with about six minutes remaining before Philip Rivers threw a touchdown pass to Keenan Allen and after a Baltimore field goal, found Eddie Royal for another with just 38 seconds left.

Rivers' rally dropped Baltimore (7-5) further behind first-place Cincinnati (8-3-1). AFC North contenders Pittsburgh (7-5) and Cleveland (7-5) also suffered defeats.   Continued...

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) scrambles with the football during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Lambeau Field.  Green Bay won 26-21.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports