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NFC North News and Rumors
ESPN.com Updated Dec 2, 2012
A few thoughts on Sunday's events at Ford Field: What it means: The Detroit Lions lost their fourth consecutive game to drop to 4-8, ensuring the third nonwinning season in four years under coach Jim Schwartz. They finished an 0-3 homestand by blowing f…Share Tweet
Megatron continues historic pace, but last-second loss to Colts dilutes the buzzWe all know that Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson is great, but just how amazing has he been this season? With a quarterback in Matthew Stafford, an ostensible second receiver in Titus Young who can't stay out of the doghouse, and precious little i…Share Tweet
Packers: Don Barclay (!) is next man upGREEN BAY, Wis. -- As the Green Bay Packers' injury list has grown this season, I've been saving the panic button for two occasions. The first is so obvious that I don't think I need to mention it. (Follow this link if you must.) The second was a little…Share TweetAndrew Luck threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Donnie Avery with no time left to lift the Indianapolis Colts to a dramatic 35-33 comeback win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.Share TweetRussell Wilson connected with Sidney Rice on a 13-yard touchdown with 7:33 left in overtime to lift the Seattle Seahawks to a wild 23-17 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.Share TweetHealth continues to be a issue for the Bears who lost four starters due to injuries over the course of their 23-17 overtime loss to the Seahawks on Sunday.Share Tweet
Megatron Makes It Look Easy: Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundupdeadspin.com Dec 2, 2012We'll be putting all our GIFs for the day here, from the silky-smooth Calvin Johnson to Mark Sanchez getting his hopes up. We'll update the post as the later games conclude, so stay tuned. More »Share TweetSeattle Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice was fortunate that the ball he caught broke the plane of the end zone in overtime on the play that led his team to a 23-17 overtime win over the Chicago Bears. Rice was hit so hard by Bears safety Major Wright, he w…Share TweetOn the way to a 23-14 Minnesota Vikings loss, tight end Kyle Rudolph committed the ultimate act of Lambeau Field sacrilege. After catching a touchdown pass from Christian Ponder in the second half, Rudolph checked out the wall where Green Bay Packers pl…Share Tweet
Bears WR Earl Bennett is turned upside down on touchdown catch (VIDEO)During the lead-up to the Chicago Bears loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Bears receiver Earl Bennett was asked about his decreased production. Since Brandon Marshall joined the Bears in the off-season, Bennett hasn't been targeted as often. "It's goin…Share TweetGREEN BAY, Wis. -- Everyone has their own method for judging young quarterbacks and projecting their futures. The standard for many NFL evaluators, however, holds that the quarterback will reveal his potential -- or lack thereof -- somewhere between his…Share TweetCHICAGO -- Seattle ran up its regular-season run of success at Soldier Field to three games Sunday when Russell Wilson directed a 12-play, 80-yard drive in overtime capped by a 13-yard touchdown pass to Sidney Rice in leading the Seahawks to a 23-17 tri…Share TweetWith the Green Bay Packers trailing the Bears by one game, thanks to that bad call in Seattle way back in Week Three, and reeling from a blowout loss last Sunday to the Giants, the Pack jumped back into first place, thanks to a win over the Vikings coup…Share Tweet
Packers survive Peterson's heroics, top VikesJames Starks had Green Bay's first rushing touchdown in almost two months, Morgan Burnett picked off Christian Ponder twice and the Packers overcame a monster day by Adrian Peterson for a 23-14 victory Sunday over the Minnesota Vikings.Share Tweet
Bears-Seahawks going to overtimeDespite a 97-yard touchdown drive by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, the Seahawks missed out on a road win because of their defense. The Bears just tied the game and sent it into overtime with a 46-yard field goal as time expired, making it 17-17. …Share TweetThe good news for the Vikings? Adrian Peterson has rushed for more than 200 yards for the first time since November 4, 2007, when he set the single-game record with 296 against the Chargers. The bad news? Another promising drive has ended with an inteShare Tweet
Packers lose WR Nelson, OL Lang vs. VikingsThe Green Bay Packers are playing short-handed again with offensive lineman T.J. Lang and Jordy Nelson out for the rest of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.Share TweetLeading 14-10 at the start of the third quarter, the Vikings had a chance to get some separation from the Packers. And running back Adrian Peterson did his part, reeling off a 48-yard run after the opening kickoff went out of bounds. After a four-yard r…Share TweetLast week, the Texans were given a gift touchdown against the Lions, when the officials wrongly ruled that Justin Forsett had run for an 81-yard score when he had actually gone down after just eight yards. This time, it’s the Texans’ turn to get rippeShare TweetOn the day that Packers saw receiver Greg Jennings return, they may have lost receiver Jordy Nelson. Again. Nelson has walked to the locker room with an apparently leg injury. If he’s limping, it’s only slightly. The Packers lead 10-0. What wouldShare Tweet
Packers give Rodgers an early birthday presentThe Packers are celebrating their quarterback’s 29th birthday in style, so far. Seven days after being blown out by the Giants, the team is blowing out the candles on Rodgers cake by blasting into the end zone on the opening drive. In eight plays, the PShare TweetVikings defensive end Jared Allen has been listed on the injury report the last few weeks with a shoulder injury, but hasn’t missed any practices or games. The injury is going to require some attention at some point, though. Jay Glazer of FOX reports thShare TweetAfter Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh kicked Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin on Thanksgiving, Schaub said that he doesn’t think Suh is worthy of playing for the Texans. But Suh believes that Schaub would change his tune if the Texans evShare TweetLions players are saying they’ve moved on from Titus Young. He may be closer to moving out, himself. The mutinous wide receiver was among the Lions inactives for the second straight week, and according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, he wasn’t at the staShare TweetThe Green Bay Packers will have the services of veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings when they host the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on Sunday. Jennings has missed eight games this season with a groin injury, costing him over $200,000 in "per …Share Tweet
Are running back issues in Green Bay due to scouting or scheme?As the Green Bay Packers welcome the best running back in the NFL back to Lambeau Field on Sunday, the home team will trot out Alex Green (pictured), James Starks, Johnny White, and DuJuan Harris. Who? Exactly. That’s not entirely fair. Starks has somShare TweetJoin our ESPN.com NFL experts for the NFC clash between the Seattle Seahawks and the Chicago Bears. Contribute your thoughts and questions beginning at 1 p.m. ET. See you there. Countdown Live: Seahawks-BearsShare Tweet
Sunday Blitz: Vikings-Packers RecapDec 2Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Packers' 23-14 win over the Vikings
Sunday Breakdown: Week 13Dec 2Jorge Andres and Eric Allen break down how rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson both lead their teams to exciting victories
Colts interim head coach BruceArians knocked down after Carey intercepts LuckDec 2Detroit Lions cornerback Don Carey intercepts Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, then runs into Colts interim head coach Bruce Arians at the end of the play.
Bears postgame press conferenceDec 2Bears react following game with Seahawks
Don Banks: Backs against wall, Batch, Steelers prove they're not quite don…Dec 2BALTIMORE -- We probably should have seen this one coming. The aging Charlie Batch has looked like he was on his last legs for years now. Just like the aging Pittsburgh Steelers. But they both refuse to go away. At least quietly.
Don Banks: Surprisingly, the race is on in NFC West, North; more SnapsDec 2BALTIMORE -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a tragedy-marred Week 13 in the NFL, but one that treated us to multiple fantastic finishes...
Kansas City Chiefs take first step toward healing after Jovan Belcher trag…Dec 2Kansas City Chiefs take first step toward healing after Jovan Belcher tragedy.