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NFC North Rundown: Late-game heroics lift Lions to improbable win

A final throw-and-catch from Matthew Stafford to TJ Hockenson kept Detroit’s season alive.

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Detroit Lions v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

If one was looking for a rebound performance from the Green Bay Packers after a brutal loss two weeks ago, one found it on Sunday.

The Packers’ 35-20 road win over Houston helped get the team back on the winning train in convincing fashion and propelled Green Bay to a 5-1 record. As the league nears the midway point, the Green and Gold finds itself steady in the NFC North chase.

A road victory from divisional foe Detroit also highlighted the weekend, as the Lions won on the final play from scrimmage in Atlanta. After a horrendous start, Detroit finds itself suddenly on the verge of competing for a playoff spot with the help of its star receiver.

More on Kenny Golladay’s big day, including updates from Minnesota and Chicago, can be found in today’s NFC North recap.

Chicago Bears (5-2)

Lost 24-10 at LA Rams; Next vs. New Orleans

Rams control the pace in a 24-10 win over the Bears on Monday night

Here is a full recap of the outcome for anyone just catching up on last night’s contest.

Bears’ Nick Foles, Matt Nagy respond to ESPN analyst Brian Griese’s comments during ‘Monday Night Football’

Is there miscommunication between the quarterback and head coach while the former is out on the field? Both parties denied the tidbit provided by Griese on the broadcast.

Forget 5-2 Record, Matt Nagy, Nick Foles and Bears Exposed as Pretenders on MNF

The Bears are one of six teams averaging less than 20 points per game despite having the fifth-best starting field position in the league through seven games.

Detroit Lions (3-3)

Won 23-22 at Atlanta; Next vs. Indianapolis

Wow! Lions win on last-play TD pass from Matthew Stafford to T.J. Hockenson, 23-22

Detroit kept hopes of the postseason alive on an impressive 75-yard touchdown drive in one minute and 12 seconds.

Why Detroit Lions avoided 10-second runoff in wild win over Falcons

The Lions-Falcons matchup was almost decided for the second-straight meeting by a 10-second runoff. Here’s what happened and why it ultimately didn’t happen.

It’s time for the Detroit Lions to step up and pay Kenny Golladay

Another big game, particularly in winning 50-50 balls, adds to the reasons why Golladay is poised for a lucrative pay day at the end of the season.

Minnesota Vikings (1-5)

Bye week; Next at Green Bay

Report: Vikings ‘very open’ to moving some key veterans

The NFL trade deadline is on November 3rd and the Vikings might be sellers on some of their bigger contracts.

Minnesota Vikings trade DE Yannick Ngakoue to Baltimore Ravens

While it may be late news, here is one of those veterans Minnesota was willing to part with already over the past week.

The Vikings’ rotten, precipitous collapse will take years to correct

Extensive money tied to Kirk Cousins, disastrous offseason decisions, and notable impending free agents all point to a rebuild coming in Minnesota.