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Packers Come Up Short

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Foxboro, Mass. (WHBL-Learfield) - Matt Flynn had three touchdown passes in his first Packers’ start. But he fumbled deep in New England territory on the final play of the game to give the Patriots a 31-to-27 win at Foxboro last night. Flynn started in place of Aaron Rodgers, who’s out with a concussion. The third-year pro completed 24-of-37 passes for 251 yards.  His lone interception was returned 36 yards for a touchdown by Kyle Arrington. Green Bay opened the game by recovering an on-side kick that resulted in a field goal, and they were up by 10 in the second quarter. The Packers led by six early in the fourth quarter when Shayne Graham booted a 38-yard field goal. And then Tom Brady put New England in front for good with his second touchdown pass of the night to Aaron Hernandez. The first was set up with a 71-yard kickoff return by 313-pound offensive lineman Dan Connolly – the longest by a lineman in N-F-L history. Brady threw for 163 yards and two T-D’s. He has now thrown 292 straight passes without an interception, 16 shy of Bernie Kosar’s N-F-L record. Brandon Jackson ran for 99 yards, as the Packers had their second-highest rushing total of the season with 143. James Jones caught five passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. Flynn’s other scoring passes went to Greg Jennings and John Kuhn. The Pack out-gained New England 369 yards to 249.

The Packers dropped to 8-and-6 – and they’re in danger of missing the playoffs. The Chicago Bears can clinch the N-F-C North title tonight with a win at Minnesota. And the Packers trail New Orleans and the New York Giants in the wild card race. Green Bay will host the Giants on Sunday. New England won its 16th straight at home, and Brady won his 27th in a row at Foxboro as the Pats improved to 12-and-2. Also, Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick moved ahead of former Green Bay coach Mike Holmgren on the all-time wins list. Belichick now has 175 regular season and playoff victories, good for 10th place.

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