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Packers Kick Some Broncos A** Win 49-23


Aaron Rodgers threw for a regular season career-high 408 yards and four scores and added two touchdowns on the ground as the Green Bay Packers routed the Denver Broncos, 49-23. (Note: Aaron Rodgers threw for 423 yards in the Packers' playoff loss to Arizona in January 2010.)

Greg Jennings caught seven balls for 103 yards and a score, while Jordy Nelson added 91 yards receiving and a touchdown on five catches for the Packers. James Starks ran for 63 yards on 13 carries in the victory.

Green Bay is rolling right now, but Packers coach Mike McCarthy says there's always room for improvement.

How they scored: The Broncos marched 78 yards on 12 plays on their second possession, and Matt Prater booted a 27-yard field goal to give Denver a 3-0 lead. Lloyd caught four balls for 35 yards, while McGahee added a 28-yard run on the drive.

The Packers responded by scoring 21 straight points.

Rodgers connected with Nelson on a deep pass down the middle for a 50-yard score, while Charles Woodson returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-3. Woodson's 30-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter was the 11th of his career, tying him with Darren Sharper for second on the NFL's all-time list — and leaving him just one shy of the record held by Rod Woodson. "No question, and I'm almost there," Woodson said. "I plan on getting it this year. We'll see."

Green Bay then recovered the onsides kickoff, which was a brave call. Rodgers scampered for an 11-yard score early in the second quarter to conclude a seven-play, 53-yard drive to make it 21-3.

Orton found Lloyd twice more for 62 yards on Denver's ensuing possession, before Decker found the end zone for a five-yard score to cap off a four-play 69-yard march.
Later on in the quarter, Decker pulled down his second touchdown, this time a 33-yard catch to make it 21-17.

The Packers answered and went 80 yards in 2:57 to put another touchdown on the board with 24 seconds left until halftime. Rodgers found Jennings on a short slant for a 17-yard score. The Green Bay signal caller threw for 227 yards and two scores on 16-of-21 passing in the first half.

Rodgers continued to pick apart the Broncos defense to start the third as he led the Packers 80 yards in 12 plays for another touchdown. He finished off the possession with an eight-yard touchdown run.

The Broncos were driving deep in Packers territory on their ensuing possession, but Daniel Fells put the ball on the ground after a 22-yard reception. Desmond Bishop stripped him from behind, and Morgan Burnett recovered the loose ball at the four. Rodgers made the Broncos pay as he hooked up with James Jones on a 16-yard TD strike in the back of the end zone that made it 42-17.

Rodgers threw his fourth touchdown pass in the fourth to make it 49-17, this time connecting with Donald Driver from eight yards out. Driver got a big cheer from the crowd when he jogged out of the tunnel to start the second half, after being hurt on the rushing TD by Rodgers. Thankfully it looked worse than what it was.

Rodgers was replaced by backup QB Matt Flynn late in the fourth quarter. "Aaron Rodgers obviously is playing extremely well," McCarthy said. "I can't say enough. He is a special player."

Orton found Fells for a seven-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to conclude the scoring. The Broncos were unable to convert the two-point conversion.

Green Bay and resurgent NFC North rivals Detroit are the only undefeated teams left in the NFL. And at this point in the season Aaron Rodgers is the MVP of the NFL!

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