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Lions beat Packers after Rodgers gets hurt

DETROIT - The Packers couldn't find the end zone without Aaron Rodgers' arm to carry them.

The Lions knocked Rodgers out of the game Sunday and snapped a trio of negative streaks in a 7-3 win. Drew Stanton threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Will Heller midway through the fourth quarter and Detroit held on.

Rodgers started his 45th straight game in the regular season since replacing Brett Favre in 2008, but that streak might be in jeopardy because of his second concussion this season.

The Lions (3-10) snapped a five-game losing streak overall, a 10-game slide against Green Bay and a 19-game skid against the NFC North in what was the NFL's worst slump within a division since the AFL-NFL merger four decades ago.

"Was it 20 games ago? Wow," said center Dominic Raiola, who has spent his 10-year career in Detroit. "There were a lot of streaks."

Rodgers was hit hard by Amari Spievey and Landon Johnson in the second quarter. Green Bay took a timeout after Rodgers got up slowly, and he was sacked on the next play. He finished the drive but didn't return. Matt Flynn replaced him but was ineffective.

Rodgers also had a concussion in a loss at Washington in October and played the next week.

He was not in the locker room when it was opened to the media. "He'll go through the normal protocol this week,'' coach Mike McCarthy said. "I was just told his head is clear and he has a headache."

The Packers (8-5) were fortunate the NFC North-leading Bears (9-4) lost to the Patriots. "I'm disappointed because it's a game we should've won," cornerback Charles Woodson said.

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