Packers Clinch Division after Ravens 2-point try failed | Sports News


By NOAH TRISTER, AP sports writer

BALTIMORE (AP) – Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes – tied with Brett Favre on Green Bay’s career roster – and the Packers became the first team this season to win a division title, finishing NFC North with a 31-30 victory over Baltimore.

The Ravens missed another big 2-point conversion in the last minute.

With Lamar Jackson absent with a sprained ankle, Tyler Huntley has almost led Baltimore (8-6) from a 31-17 deficit. His 8-yard touchdown run with 42 seconds remaining brought the Ravens down to less than one, but Huntley’s 2-point conversion pass was incomplete.

It was the third straight loss for Baltimore, who also fell to Pittsburgh two weekends ago on a missed 2-point conversion in the dying seconds. The Ravens were tied for first place in the AFC North with Cincinnati.

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Ravaged this season by injuries – especially in high school – Baltimore has faced a tough job trying to stop Rodgers and the Green Bay receivers. The Ravens came up with enough time to keep the game close, but the Packers got the ball first after a 14-14 draw at halftime and took advantage.

Baltimore appeared to have stopped Green Bay (11-3) on an incomplete third down, but minimal contact from Kevon Seymour was enough for a pass interference flag. Rodgers found Aaron Jones for a 9-yard touchdown in the next play.

The Ravens entered Green Bay territory before another devastating penalty. As Baltimore managed the ball effectively and prepared to pass fourth and 1 into the red zone, Ben Cleveland made a false start. The Ravens settled for a field goal and Green Bay ran for 88 yards, taking an 11-point lead on an 11-yard pass from Rodgers to Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

It was Rodgers’ 442nd touchdown pass, drawing him tied with Favre. He had 23 of 31 for 268 yards. Rodgers has thrown 13 touchdowns without an interception in his last four games and hasn’t seemed in the least bit limited by his toe injury.

Down 31-17, the Ravens began their comeback when Huntley ran for a 3-yard touchdown with 4:47 left. Then they got the ball back and scored again.

Huntley threw for 215 yards and two first-half touchdowns to Mark Andrews. The first, which gave Baltimore a 7-0 lead, was the first time in eight weeks the Ravens had scored a first-quarter touchdown.

A 9-yard pass to Andrews gave Baltimore a 14-7 lead in the second quarter, but Rodgers responded with a 3-yard pass to Davante Adams.

Andrews had 10 catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns.

Baltimore CB Tavon Young left to be assessed for concussion, and the Ravens also lost T Tire Phillips to a knee injury.

Packers: Host Cleveland on Saturdays.

Ravens: in Cincinnati on Sunday.

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