Bills Prevail Over Packers, Sweep NFC North

The Bills needed a win to keep their playoff hopes alive and the team's defense and special teams unit responded. Buffalo defeated Green Bay 21-13 on Sunday. The loss by the Packers moved the team to 0-6 all-time when playing the Bills in Buffalo.

In December, you generally need a shovel in Buffalo. Today, the Buffalo Bills are breaking out their brooms. 

The Bills defeated the Green Bay Packers 21-13 on Sunday and completed a four game sweep over the NFC North. Buffalo's defense and special teams carried the team on Sunday.

For the Packers, it was a game to forget. Aaron Rodgers completed 17-of-42 passes for 185 yards and two interceptions. Both interceptions were by Buffalo's reserve safety Bacarri Rambo. The lack of success by Rodgers was mostly due to Buffalo's defense but his wide receivers had numerous drops on Sunday.

Eddie Lacy had plenty of success on Sunday, rushing for 97 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Green Bay would probably admit that they should have given him more carries in the second half.

Buffalo's offense was also very underwhelming on Sunday. Kyle Orton completed 14-of-27 passes for 158 yards and an interception. His deep passes were off-target all game and at one point, he underthrew an uncovered Bryce Brown. An accurate pass would have led to a touchdown.

Fred Jackson led Buffalo's run game with 71 yards on 20 carries. He had some tough runs late that helped extend drives. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown combined for another 46 yards rushing. Brown's aforementioned reception for 40 yards was good enough to make him the team's leader in receiving yards. Sammy Watkins was behind him with 28 yards on one reception.

Defensively, the Packers sacked Orton three times and did a great job of keeping Buffalo's offense out of the end zone. Clay Matthews led the way with two sacks. For the Bills, Mario Williams recorded Buffalo's only sack. It was a strip sack that resulted in a safety for the Bills. The play sealed the win for the Bills. Rambo, as previously mentioned, also recorded two interceptions off of Rodgers. He came into the game in relief of Duke Williams.

While Buffalo's defense was suffocating, their special teams unit won the game. The Packers punted to Marcus Thigpen with a little over two minutes remaining in the first quarter. Thigpen broke loose for 75 yards and a touchdown. Later in the first half, Mario Williams blocked a Mason Crosby field goal attempt. Dan Carpenter also did his part by adding four field goals on Sunday.

NFC North opponents averaged 15.75 points per game against the Bills this season. It's no wonder that they swept the division. The win moves the Bills to 8-6 on the season. They'll play next week in Oakland and have an opportunity to finish with a winning season for the first time since 2004.

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