GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Packers' defense is on the rebound after a subpar five-game stretch. Green Bay played well against the run in the 22-21 win Sunday over Atlanta, coming up with clutch turnovers and improved as the game went along.The effort came just in time to help end a five-game winless slide and keep the Packers (6-6-1) in the playoff chase.
CHICAGO (AP) - Josh McCown threw for a career-high four touchdowns, and the Chicago Bears scored on their first eight possessions to grab a share of the NFC North lead with a 45-28 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in frigid weather last night. The Bears (7-6) retired Hall of Famer Mike Ditka's number at halftime and pulled even with Detroit in the division race on a night when the wind chill factor was below zero.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -Bucks general manager John Hammond says center Zaza Pachulia will be sidelined with a right foot fracture suffered in last week's 105-98 loss to the Detroit Pistons. The 6-foot-11 center missed the next two games. Pachulia will have to wear a walking boot before being re-examined in four weeks. He had been a solid contributor on a team beset by injuries, averaging 6.9 points and 6.5 rebounds in 17 games. The Bucks (4-16) have the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - University of Wisconsin receiver Jared Abbredris has been awarded the 2013 Burlsworth Trophy. Abbredris was a finalist with running back Trey Watts of the University of Tulsa and lineman Max Copeland of Missouri. The Burlsworth Trophy is given to the most outstanding collegiate football player who began his career as a walk-on.
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