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Packers Unbeaten, Lions Lose, Hawk Apologizes For "Bird"

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Green Bay Packers.
Green Bay Packers.

Green Bay, Wi (WSAU) The Green Bay Packers are the N-F-L's only unbeaten team, after a 24-to-3 win over Saint Louis yesterday at Lambeau Field. Detroit lost for the first time, 25-19 at home to San Francisco. The Packers' victory made them 6-and-0 for the first time since 1965. All the scoring came in the first half. Aaron Rodgers completed 17-of-28 passes for 310 yards, three touchdowns, and a second half interception. That pick was on a tipped ball, and it was only Rodgers' third I-N-T of the season. He threw a career-high 93-yard touchdown strike to Jordy Nelson, plus scoring passes to James Jones and Donald Driver.

Mason Crosby kicked a 32-yard field goal. It was his 17th straight three-pointer, which ties the Packer record set by Chris Jacke in 1993. Once again, the Packer offense was out-gained. The Pack had 399 yards of total offense to the Rams' 444. Sam Bradford threw for 321 yards and an interception. Stephen Jackson had 18 carries for 96 yards, and four catches for 29 more for Saint Louis.

Eight Packer receivers caught passes, and Greg Jennings had the most with six catches for 82 yards. James Starks had 13 carries for 49 yards. Ryan Grant had 9 rushes for 25 yards. Packers' tight end Ryan Taylor injured an elbow, and corner Sam Shields had a concussion which the Packers said was still being evaluated.

The Rams were coming off their bye week, and they're 0-and-5 for the second time in the last three years. Green Bay has now won 12 straight since last December, including the playoffs. That ties a team record dating back to Vince Lombardi’s Packers in 1961-and-’62. The Pack will play at Minnesota next Sunday. Green Bay has sole possession of the N-F-C North Division lead for the first time. The Packers are one game up on second-place Detroit, after the Lions' 25-19 home loss to San Francisco. Chicago is three games back in third, and Minnesota is 1-and-5 after the Bears crushed the Vikings 39-to-10 at Soldier Field last night.

Alex Smith threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker to give the 49'ers the victory with 1:51 to play. Matthew Stafford threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns for Detroit, which was looking for its first 6-and-0 start since 1956. After the game, various broadcasters highlighted the way Niners’ coach Jim Harbaugh gave a hard post-game handshake to Lions’ coach Jim Schwartz and then shoved him away. Schwartz then went after Harbaugh and had to be restrained. But Harbaugh said he meant nothing by it, and was excited about the win. In the Bears’ victory, Devin Hester scored on a 48-yard pass from Jay Cutler, and Hester returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score. He caught five passes for 91 yards before leaving early with a chest injury. Adrian Peterson was limited to 39 yards and a touchdown for Minnesota.

Packers' linebacker A-J Hawk could get a fine from the N-F-L this week, for making an obscene gesture with his left middle finger to his team's bench during yesterday's Green Bay victory over Saint Louis. It happened right after Hawk sacked Rams' quarterback Sam Bradford -- and it didn't take long for it to go viral on You-Tube.

It was Hawk's first solo sack in almost two years -- and he called the gesture an inside joke among his teammates. He said he sometimes forgets that T-V cameras pick up every move. Hawk said no malice was intended, and he hoped the league office would overlook the incident. Fox T-V cameras caught it, but game announcers Chris Myers and Tim Ryan did not say a word. C-B-S showed a replay of Hawk's gesture while blurring out the finger. Yahoo Sports posted a story about it before the Packer game ended.

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