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NFL: Green Bay 21, Philadelphia 16

Jan. 9, 2011 at 8:21 PM   |   Comments

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PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Aaron Rodgers threw three scoring passes Sunday and Green Bay survived a late challenge to defeat Philadelphia 21-16 in an NFC wild-card playoff contest.

Rodgers connected with Tom Crabtree on a 7-yard scoring strike and with James Jones on a 9-yarder in the first half en route to a 14-3 halftime lead, and his 16-yard TD toss to Brandon Jackson gave the Packers a decisive 21-10 lead in the third quarter.

Green Bay, however, had to hang on as Michael Vick rallied the Eagles late in the game, scoring a rushing touchdown with 4 minutes remaining to get the Eagles to within five points.

But his last-ditch try at a go-ahead touchdown pass in the final minute was intercepted in the end zone by Tramon Williams and the Packers advanced to play the Atlanta Falcons Saturday.

Rodgers completed 18-of-27 passes for 180 yards and James Starks racked up 123 yards on 23 carries for the Packers.

Vick connected on 20-of-36 pass attempts, amassing 292 yards with a touchdown and an interception in Philadelphia's loss.

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