Sports : Monday, September 27th, 2016
Aaron Rodgers threw for four touchdowns in the first half and the Packers held on for a 34-27 win over the Lions at Lambeau Field Sunday afternoon. Rodgers hit Davante Adams on the game’s opening drive from 14 yards out for the game’s first score. Rodgers then connected with Jordy Nelson, Richard Rodgers and Nelson again, with a Mason Crosby Field Goal added in to make the score 31-10 at halftime. The Lions outscored the Packers 17-3 in the second half to pull within a touchdown, but the Packers closed out the game with a first down run by Rodgers on 3rd & 8 from the Green Bay 38. Rodgers finished with 205 yards through the air with the four touchdowns to his name. Eddie Lacy had 17 carries for 103 yards, and Jordy Nelson had 6 catches for 101 yards and a pair of scores in the win. The Packers are on their bye week this week and return to action against the Giants on October 9th.
Elsewhere in the NFC North on Sunday:
The Minnesota Vikings defense sacked Cam Newton 8 times and tallied three interceptions against Newton in a 22-10 win over the defending NFC Champions in Charlotte. Sam Bradford threw for 171 yards and a touchdown to Kyle Rudolph in the win. The Vikings host the Giants on Monday Night Football next Monday.
Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott threw for 248 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score as Dallas defeated the Chicago Bears 31-17 on Sunday Night Football. The Cowboys led 24-3 at halftime. Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer, filling in for an injured Jay Cutler, threw for 317 yards and a pair of touchdowns to tight end Zach Miller. The Bears drop to 0-3 on the season, they host Detroit on Sunday.
The Wisconsin Badgers climb in both the USA Today Coaches Poll and the Associated Press Top 25 after their 30-6 win over then number 8 Michigan State on Saturday. Wisconsin rose 2 spots to number 8 in the coaches poll and 3 spots to number 8 in the AP Top 25. In the AP Poll, the top 7 remains unchanged from last week with Alabama, Ohio State, Louisville, Michigan, Clemson, Houston and Stanford sitting ahead of Wisconsin. Texas A&M and Washington round out the top 10. Nebraska rose 5 spots to number 15, while Michigan State fell to 17 following their loss to the Badgers. Wisconsin plays at number 4 Michigan on Saturday.
Badgers linebacker TJ Watt has been named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week. Watt recorded 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks both career highs, as part of a six tackle day for the Badgers who dominated Michigan State and held them without a touchdown for just the second time at home since the year 2000. Watt is Wisconsin’s first Walter Camp weekly award winner since Scott Starks earned the award in 2004 after a 20-17 win over Purdue.
The Brewers fell 4-2 to Cincinnati in the final game at Miller Park for the 2016 regular season. Reds pitcher Brandon Finnegan threw 5 scoreless innings to earn the victory, allowing just three hits while the Reds built a 4-0 lead. The Brewers scored two runs in the 7th to make the game close, but couldn’t pull out a win. Milwaukee finishes the home slate with a 41-40 record. They open a series at Texas against the Rangers this evening.
Kevin Harvick won Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to earn a spot in the second round of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup playoffs. The 2014 Sprint Cup champion was able to zip past Matt Kenseth on the final laps, then held on to join Martin Truex Jr. in the second round. Kenseth finished second, followed by Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch.
Rory McIlroy stormed back from a late three-shot deficit to win the Tour Championship and the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus. McIlroy began his comeback with an eagle on 16, extended the tournament with a birdie on 18 and beat Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell with a birdie on the fourth playoff hole. Moore and Chappell had chances to win it on the final hole of regulation before falling into a three-way playoff.
Golf legend Arnold Palmer has passed away at the age of 87 at his home in Pittsburgh Palmer won 62 PGA tour events over the course of his career, including 7 major titles – four Masters, US Open in 1960 and the Open Championship in 1961 and 1962. Palmer was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1970 and was given the PGA Tour Life Time Achievement Award in 1998. He was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009