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Packers hold on to beat Washington, move to 10-3Submitted: 12/08/2019
GREEN BAY - GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) " Slowing down led to a huge day for Aaron Jones.

After a 20-15 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Jones credited Green Bay Packers running backs coach Ben Sirmans with teaching him to take his time and let plays develop. Jones said thanks to Sirmans' help, he was able to run wherever he wanted against Washington.

Jones rushed for a season-high 134 yards and a touchdown on just 16 carries, Aaron Rodgers threw for 195 yards and a score and the Packers did enough to put away the Redskins.

Jones had his third 100-yard rushing game of the season and hauled in six passes for 58 yards.


"Man, I was born in December. I'm a Sagittarius. I've got a lot juice left," said Jones while laughing.

Adrian Peterson became the sixth back in NFL history to reach the 14,000-yard mark, running for 76 yards and a score for Washington (3-10), which was eliminated from playoff contention.

"It means a lot, man," said Peterson on reaching the career milestone. "It's history " six guys, I'm one of them. That kind of speaks for itself, so it's an amazing feeling, an amazing accomplishment. Wish I could enjoy it more if it was a W tagged onto it, but it's a spectacular accomplishment. When you look at the group of guys I'm in there with, it's amazing. It's a blessing."

Peterson has 14,036 yards in a 13-year career. Curtis Martin is fifth all-time with 14,101 yards.

Dwayne Haskins completed 16 of 27 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown with an interception. The rookie was sacked four times, including one where he hurt his ankle.

"I thought he played hard and tough and there's no reason he was cleared. We just noticed that he was gimping around, but he was fine," Washington interim coach Bill Callahan said of Haskins. "He battled tough. To his credit, I give him a lot of credit for hanging in there and playing tough when he was banged-up."

Derrius Guice left after only five carries with a knee injury.

"I'll know a little bit more after our doctors examine him," Callahan said of Guice. "Right now, they're in the examination room looking at him."

Kenny Clark and Kyler Fackrell combined for a sack of Haskins on Washington's opening drive for an 11-yard loss. Haskins and the Redskins started the day with three straight three-and-outs in the franchise's first-ever December trip to Lambeau Field.

"Anytime you're going against a young quarterback, we've got to get pressure on him, make him make some bad throws," Clark said.


Jones scored from 4 yards on the Packers' opening drive. It was Jones' 12th rushing touchdown and 15th TD of the season. Rodgers, who was 18 of 28 passing, found Robert Tonyan for a 12-yard touchdown on Green Bay's other first-quarter score.

Haskins led Washington on an 11-play, 95-yard drive that was capped by a 2-yard run by Peterson with 3:44 to play in the first quarter. Dustin Hopkins missed the extra point.

Green Bay (10-3) led 14-6 at halftime.

After Mason Crosby's field goal, Hopkins nailed a 52-yarder to cut it to 17-9 before the end of the third.

With the Packers still holding an eight-point lead with 8:28 to play, Rodgers found Jones for a 25-yard gain on third-and-14. That first down helped set up a 33-yard attempt by Crosby. The 13-year veteran was good on the kick with 2:34 to go to seal the win.

"That was pretty much the play of the game from an offensive standpoint," Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur said. "It was looking pretty grim right there. Another third-and-long situation and just an incredible throw, incredible catch by Aaron Jones."

Haskins linked up with Terry McLaurin on a 13-yard score late. Haskins was stopped by Blake Martinez on the 2-point conversion.

"I feel way more comfortable, but it's a long road ahead for me," said Haskins after his fifth career start.

"REDSKINS" PROTEST

About 30 to 40 protesters were outside of Lambeau Field speaking out against the "Redskins" name. One sign read, "I am not a mascot," while another read, "Stop the racism."

INJURIES

Redskins: Guice hurt his knee while being tackled by Darnell Savage after a 23-yard run in the second quarter. He did not return. Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan left in the second half with a calf injury. Cornerbacks Fabian Moreau and Quinton Dunbar each left in the first half with hamstring injuries. Moreau returned.

Packers: Montravius Adams left the game in the first half with an illness.

UP NEXT

Redskins: host the Eagles next Sunday.

Packers: host the Bears next Sunday.

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 LOCAL SPORTS

PASADENA, (AP) - Wisconsin will face Oregon in the 106th edition of the Rose Bowl.

These schools are regular New Year's Day visitors to Pasadena: Wisconsin is in the Rose Bowl for the fourth time in 10 seasons, while Oregon earned its fourth berth in 11 seasons.

The Badgers haven't played in the Rose Bowl since 2012 where Oregon beat Wisconsin 45-38.

Wisconsin hasn't won the game since 2000.The announcement was made Sunday, Dec. 8 after the Badgers lost to Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game.

The 2020 Rose Bowl Game is a college football bowl game that will be played on January 1, 2020, with kickoff scheduled for 4:00 p.m. CST on ESPN.


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Friday Night Blitz: 12/6/19Submitted: 12/06/2019

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NORTHWOODS -
BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES

Abbotsford 24, Auburndale 81
Phillips 48, Assumption 46
White Lake 26, Crandon 69
Elcho 33, Goodman/Pembine 55
Lakeland 59, Hayward 57
Marshfield 53, La Crosse Central 83
Medford 70, Antigo 46
Niagara 18, Coleman
Northland Pines 75, Rhinelander 71
Prentice 32, Stratford 78
Port Edwards 34, Almond-Bancroft 44
Tomahawk 41, Mosinee 69
Phelps 39, Florence 62

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Local Sports Report 12-3-19Submitted: 12/03/2019

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NORTHWOODS - Merrill boys basketball defeated Lakeland Union, 82-63.
Tomahawk boys basketball dropped a tough one against Wittenberg-Birnamwood.
White Lake girls basketball was outlasted by Marion, 50-20.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) " Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes in the snow and the Green Bay Packers rebounded from a dismal West Coast performance to beat New York 31-13 Sunday.

The Packers sent the Giants to their eighth straight loss, their worst skid since 2004.

Rodgers finished 21 of 33 for 243 yards with no interceptions on a slippery, snowy day at MetLife Stadium. Rodgers hit Davante Adams on touchdown passes of 8 and 17 yards, found a wide-open Allen Lazard for 37 yards and capped the performance with a 1-yarder to Marcedes Lewis.

The Packers (9-3) also intercepted Giants rookie Daniel Jones three times, with the picks setting up 10 points.

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 REGIONAL SPORTS

INDIANANAPOLIS - The No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers lost the Big Ten Championship game to No. 1 Ohio State, 34-21, after leading 21-7 at the half.

Quarterback Jack Coan had two first-half rushing touchdowns.

Running back Jonathan Taylor finished the game with 20 carries for 148 yards and a touchdown.

Ohio State scored 24 unanswered points in the second half to pull ahead for good.

Wisconsin will find out its bowl assignment Sunday.

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SAN FRANCISCO - SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) " Jimmy Garoppolo threw two long touchdown passes and the San Francisco harassed Aaron Rodgers all night, leading the 49ers to a 37-8 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Garoppolo connected on a 42-yard touchdown strike to Deebo Samuel in the second quarter and a 61-yarder to George Kittle in the third to get San Francisco (10-1) off to a resounding start to a grueling three-game stretch.

Following the game against the first-place Packers (8-3), the Niners will travel to Baltimore (8-2) and New Orleans (9-2) the next two weeks in a stretch that will go a long way to determining whether San Francisco will be able to hold off Seattle (9-2) in a tight NFC West race.

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GREEN BAY - GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP)  Preston Smith and Green Bay's defense stopped Christian McCaffrey at the goal line as time expired and the Packers defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-16 on a snowy Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Aaron Jones scored three rushing touchdowns for the second time this season to lead Green Bay (8-2), which improved to 5-2 all-time against the Panthers at home.

The Panthers got the ball back with 2:25 left on their own 11-yard line, trailing by eight. Quarterback Kyle Allen drove Carolina down the field, including completing a 12-yard pass to D.J. Moore on fourth-and-10 with 56 seconds left. The Panthers also benefited from an offsides penalty with 13 seconds remaining to convert another fourth down. After Allen threw an incompletion to McCaffrey, the Packers stopped him just short of the end zone as time expired. A brief replay review upheld the call.

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CARSON, CALIFORNIA - CARSON, Calif. (AP) " Just when the Los Angeles Chargers' season looked lost, they put together their best game of the year against one of the league's top teams.

Melvin Gordon scored two touchdowns and the defense held Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers to one of his worst outings as the Chargers dominated the Packers on Sunday, winning 26-11.

"For whatever reason we do better when it's a little bit 'the Chargers don't have a chance.' I don't know why. I don't think anyone gave us a chance in this one," said Philip Rivers, who got his first win over Green Bay. "I wish we did better when everyone thought we were really good like the beginning of the season. All three phases did a heck of a job."

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