Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers finally put it all together. The reigning MVP set a career high and tied a franchise record with...
HOUSTON — Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers finally put it all together.
The reigning MVP set a career high and tied a franchise record with six touchdown passes and the Packers played their best game of their so far inconsistent season, beating previously unbeaten Houston 42-24 on Sunday night.
Jordy Nelson caught three touchdown passes and James Jones had two, including a beautiful, diving one-hander in the fourth quarter for the Packers (3-3). Tom Crabtree had the other, a 48-yarder that Rodgers threw just before taking a hit from Texans’ outside linebacker Brooks Reed.
Rodgers was 24 of 37 for 338 yards. He tied Matt Flynn’s Packers record for TD passes, set in last year’s regular-season finale against Detroit with Rodgers resting on the sideline in advance of the playoffs.
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“This was an important game for us,” Rodgers said. “We had a couple not go our way, games we should have won and 2-4 would have been very difficult.”
Arian Foster scored two touchdowns, but ran for only 29 yards for the Texans (5-1).
Giants pick off Niners
SAN FRANCISCO — Antrel Rolle and the New York Giants studied Alex Smith so much they practically knew what was coming.
On one play in the third quarter, even running back Ahmad Bradshaw screamed from the sideline: “Trail. He’s watching you.” Rolle responded, pretended he was playing the deep ball and then sliced in front of Kyle Williams on a short hook.
“He threw the ball right to me,” Rolle said.
After a slow start this season, New York’s defense saved its best for the 49ers yet again.
Rolle intercepted two passes by Smith, Prince Amukamara picked off another and the Giants shut down San Francisco in a 26-3 victory Sunday in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game.
“I think this is our most complete game all year long,” Rolle said.
• Detroit’s Jason Hanson, the former Washington State product, scored 14 points and converted all four field-goal attempts, including the winner in overtime, in the Lions’ 26-23 victory at Philadelphia. Hanson, 42, with 2,074 career points, passed John Carney (2,062) for third place in NFL history.