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updated: 12/9/2012 11:11 PM

Packers take NFC North lead

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  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers shakes hands with Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford after the Packers' victory Sunday at Lambeau Field.

      Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers shakes hands with Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford after the Packers' victory Sunday at Lambeau Field.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers are a victory away from clinching the NFC North title after beating the Detroit Lions 27-20 on Sunday night.

DaJuan Harris rushed for a score in his first NFL game, Aaron Rodgers added the longest TD run of his career, and Mike Daniels returned a fumble 43 yards as the Packers (9-4) opened a one-game lead over Chicago. Beat the Bears next weekend at Soldier Field, and Green Bay will win the NFC North for a second straight year.

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The loss was the fifth straight for Detroit (4-9). This wasn't quite as excruciating as the previous three, though, when the Lions gave up fourth-quarter leads and fell by a total of nine points.

The Packers have won 22 straight at home against the Lions, the longest streak in the NFL.

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