Detroit Lions 49, Carolina Panthers 35 (box score)
The Lions overcame three early turnovers with a strong performance by running back Kevin Smith and five touchdown passes by Matthew Stafford. Cam Newton threw a season-high four interceptions and finished with a quarterback rating of just 50.2 in the loss. The Lions overcame their third deficit of at least 17 points of the season, a first in NFL history.
Oakland Raiders 27, Minnesota Vikings 21 (box score)
Adrian Peterson ran the ball just six times before leaving with an ankle sprain. The Raiders defense intercepted Christian Ponder three times in helping Oakland build a 27-7 lead through three quarters. The Vikings managed a couple fourth quarter scores but it was too little too late and they fell to 2-8 on the year.
Green Bay Packers 35, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26 (box score)
The Buccaneers never led in this game but they gave the Packers quite a test. LeGarrette Blount was a wrecking ball on the ground and totaled 107 yards on 18 carries but the Bucs offense never could out-duel their Packer counterparts. Jordy Nelson hauled in a 40-yard touchdown pass, the third of the day for Aaron Rodgers, to seal the game with under three minutes remaining.
Chicago Bears 31, San Diego Chargers 20 (box score)
The Chicago Bears gave themselves some breathing room in the third quarter in what had been a tight game. Jay Cutler ran for a touchdown and found Johnny Knox in the end zone for another to give the Bears a 31-17 lead. The Chargers managed just a field goal the rest of the way and ended both of their fourth quarter drives with interceptions. The Bears did have some bad news coming out of the win.
NFC North Week 12 Schedule
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions (Thanksgiving Day)
Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons
Chicago Bears at Oakland Raiders