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Green Bay Packers fend off New England Patriots in battle of SB contenders

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers looks to pass during an NFL game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. Credit: Getty Images / Christian Petersen

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers threw for two touchdowns, Eddie Lacy powered for key yards in the fourth quarter and the Green Bay Packers fended off the New England Patriots 26-21 Sunday in a high-profile matchup between Super Bowl contenders.

Rodgers bested Tom Brady in the first meeting between the star quarterbacks as starters. Rodgers connected with Richard Rodgers and Jordy Nelson for long touchdowns.

Leading by five, the defense held firm late for the Packers (9-3). Mike Daniels and Mike Neal combined to sack Brady on third down for a 9-yard loss, and kicker Stephen Gostkowkski pushed a 47-yard field-goal attempt wide right with 2:40 left.

The Packers sealed it after Rodgers converted to Cobb on third-and-4 with the Patriots out of timeouts.

Brady finished with two touchdown passes to Brandon LaFell for New England (9-3), which had its seven-game winning streak snapped.

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