It was more of the same in the NFC North in week 14. The Packers won, the Bears offense did very little, the Lions made things difficult on themselves and the Vikings lost. Here is a quick look at what we just saw, where we are now and a look ahead at next week in the NFC North:
Detroit Lions 34, Minnesota Vikings 28 (box score)
The Lions used big plays on defense to open up a 28-7 lead and ultimately forced the Vikings coaching staff to pull Christian Ponder in favor of Joe Webb. He led two scoring drives and had the Vikings on the Lions’ one yard line for what could have been the game winner but a missed facemask call and fumble sealed the victory for the Lions. Matthew Stafford was unspectacular, yet efficient, in posting a quarterback rating of 115.2 thanks to two touchdown passes and no interceptions.
Denver Broncos 13, Chicago Bears 10 Overtime (box score)
The Bears tried to play it safe with a ten point fourth quarter lead but a costly mental mistake by Marion Barber in which he stopped the clock by running out of bounds gave Tim Tebow and the Broncos a chance at a comeback. Tebow completed a ten-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas with just over two minutes remaining and Matt Prater booted a 59-yard field goal to send the game into overtime. Marion Barber played Santa Claus again in overtime with a fumble after Chicago had moved into field goal range. The Broncos capitalized on the opportunity by mounting a game winning drive finished off by a 51-yard field goal.
Green Bay Packers 46, Oakland Raiders 16 (box score)
Aaron Rodgers posted his first quarterback rating under 100 of the season but the Packers rolled over the Oakland Raiders anyway. It was 34-0 before the Raiders were able to crack the scoreboard and a late safety and touchdown made the score look a little closer than it ever was. Ryan Grant looked like his old self for the Packers with 85 yards and two touchdowns on ten carries while filling in for the injured James Starks.
Bonus: Yahoo! discusses the NFC Wild Card picture: