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Packers Get a Scare, But Get By Jacksonville

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GREEN BAY, WI (WHBL) - The Green Bay Packers moved into a tie for second place in the N-F-C North Division with a 24-15 home victory over Jacksonville Sunday.  At 5-3, the Pack and Minnesota are both a game and a half behind 6-1 Chicago. Green Bay was a 15-point favorite going in, but the Packers only led by two at the start of the fourth quarter. Aaron Rodgers' four-yard touchdown pass to Donald Driver with 12:36 left gave the Pack its winning margin. The two teams traded field goals the rest of the way. Rodgers completed 22 of 35 for 186 yards. He had two T-D passes, which moved him past Bart Starr for second place on Green Bay's all-time list. Rodgers has 153 scoring passes, trailing only Brett Favre with 442. Also, the Packers recovered their first blocked punt for a touchdown since 1990. Davon House blocked Bryan Anger's kick, and rookie Dezman Moses pounced on the ball in the end zone. Packers' receiver Jordy Nelson missed the game with a hamstring injury. Two Green Bay defensive ends left the game with injuries – rookie Jerel Worthy with a concussion and Mike Neal with a bad ankle. Jacksonville's offense, the least productive in the N-F-L, out-gained the Pack 341 yards to 238. Jacksonville lost its fourth straight, and is now 1-6. The Packers have now won three in a row. They'll host Arizona next Sunday. Jacksonville almost overcame the loss of its star running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Rashad Jennings ran for 59 yards, and had 56 more yards on six catches. Cecil Shorts caught eight passes for a career-high 116 yards. Jaguars' quarterback Blaine Gabbert played through a sore shoulder, and threw for 303 yards and a touchdown. Neither quarterback threw an interception. Each was sacked twice. Also, each team lost a fumble. James Jones was the Packers' leading receiver with seven catches for 78 yards. Randall Cobb had five catches and a score. Packers' running back Alex Green rushed for 54 yards on 22 carries. Donald Driver played in his 200th regular season game. He joined Favre as the only Packers to achieve that longevity. 

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