GREEN BAY, WI (WHBL) - The Green Bay Packers would clinch a first-round playoff bye with a victory at Minnesota next Sunday. The Packers locked up the N-F-C’s Number-Three playoff seed with a 55-7 thrashing of Tennessee Sunday at Lambeau Field. Then last night, the Packers moved a half-game ahead of San Francisco for the Number-two seed after the 49’ers got crushed at Seattle 42-13. The Packers’ victory was the ninth in their last 10 games, and they improved to 11-4. The only negative for Green Bay was the ankle injury suffered by receiver Randall Cobb while returning a punt in the third quarter. Coach Mike McCarthy could not say how serious the injury was, but he’s hoping it’s not bad. Cobb caught one of Aaron Rodgers’ three touchdown passes before he left. Rodgers had 342 passing yards, and he ran for 11 yards and a score before being relieved by Graham Harrell for much of the fourth quarter. Green Bay racked up 50-plus points for only the second time since 1983 – and they were just two short of the team record of 57 set in 1945. Cobb broke the Packers’ all-time single season yardage record, with two-thousand-342 receiving, rushing, and return yards. Ahman Green had the previous mark of 22-hundred-50. Ryan Grant ran for 80 yards and two touchdowns, and Mason Crosby made both his field goal attempts of 48 and 26 yards. The Packer defense sacked Titans' rookie quarterback Jake Locker seven times and forced two interceptions – while Green Bay had a clean game with no turnovers and just one 10-yard penalty. The Packers blew the shutout late in the fourth quarter, when Locker threw a two-yard scoring strike to Kenny Britt with 1:39 left. Locker threw for 140 yards. Chris Johnson had 11 carries for 28 yards, and Damian Williams caught three passes for 39 yards as the Titans dropped to 5-and-10. James Jones had seven catches for 100 yards and a score for the Packers. A-J Hawk had two of the seven sacks on Locker. Green Bay had 460 total yards to Tennessee's 180, and the Pack held the ball about nine minutes longer. The Packers have won four straight. Next Sunday’s Packer game at Minnesota has been moved to the late afternoon slot, with a 3:25 kickoff. It was supposed to begin at noon – but the N-F-L and Fox decided last night to show it to a larger national audience because of its post-season implications. A win by the Packers would give them the Number-two seed and a first-round bye in the N-F-C playoffs. The Vikings are coming off a huge upset win over the Houston Texans in Houston, improving their record to 9-6. Minnesota can clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Packers on Sunday.
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