Chicago Bears Alone Atop NFC North After Week 12

New England Patriots 45, Detroit Lions 24 (box score)

Minnesota Vikings 17Washington Redskins 13 (box score)

Minnesota’s new interim coach, Leslie Frazier, got his first win on Sunday.  It looked like the Redskins took the lead late when Brandon Banks scored on a 77 yard punt return, but it was called back due to a block in the back. Without Clinton Portis and Ryan Torain, the ‘Skins were held to 29 yards rushing.  McNabb was 21 for 35 with a touchdown and an interception.  For the Vikings, Favre was 15 for 23 and also had a ten yard run inside two minutes that sealed the win for Minnesota.  Toby Gerhart led the Vikes with 76 rushing yards because Adrian Peterson left the game with an ankle injury.

Green Bay Packers 17, Atlanta Falcons 20 (box score)

Aaron Rodgers led the Packers down the field with a 90 yard drive and capped it off with a touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson with 56 seconds left.  It looked like the game was going into overtime but a long kick return and some help from Matt Ryan set up Mat Bryant’s game winning field goal.  Aaron Rodgers threw for 344 yards, 51 rushing yards, and had a QB rating of 114.5 but he had a costly fumble on Atlanta’s 1 yard line earlier in the game.  The Falcons are now tied for the best record in the NFL at 9-2.

Philadelphia Eagles 26, Chicago Bears 31 (box score)

Jay Cutler had one of the best games in his career on Sunday against the Eagles.  Cutler threw for 4 touchdowns (tying his career high), 247 yards, and had a QB rating of 146.2.  Also, he didn’t turn the ball over.  The Bears were in control most of the game but the Eagles made it interesting late in the game.  Michael Vick hit Bren Celek for a touchdown with 1:48 left to make it a 5 point game but the Bears recovered the onside kick.  The Chicago Bears are now in sole possession of first place in the NFC North.

Current NFC North Rankings

1. Chicago Bears (8-3)
2. Green Bay Packers (7-4)
3. Minnesota Vikings (4-7)
4. Detroit Lions (2-9)

The Ross Rankings
1. Green Bay Packers
2. Chicago Bears
3. Minnesota Vikings
4. Detroit Lions

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