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Rodgers throws for 2 scores, Packers hold off Patriots 26-21 after late defensive stand

  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers celebrates a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers celebrates a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)  (The Associated Press)

  • Green Bay Packers' Jordy Nelson scores a touchdown in front of New England Patriots' Devin McCourty after a catch during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

    Green Bay Packers' Jordy Nelson scores a touchdown in front of New England Patriots' Devin McCourty after a catch during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)  (The Associated Press)

  • New England Patriots' Tom Brady spikes the ball after throwing a touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell (19) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

    New England Patriots' Tom Brady spikes the ball after throwing a touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell (19) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)  (The Associated Press)

Aaron Rodgers threw for two touchdowns, Eddie Lacy powered for key yards in the fourth quarter and the Green Bay Packers fended off the New England Patriots 26-21 Sunday in a high-profile matchup between Super Bowl contenders.

Rodgers bested Tom Brady in the first meeting between the star quarterbacks as starters. Rodgers connected with Richard Rodgers and Jordy Nelson for long touchdowns.

Leading by five, the defense held firm late for the Packers (9-3). Mike Daniels and Mike Neal combined to sack Brady on third down for a 9-yard loss, and kicker Stephen Gostkowkski pushed a 47-yard field-goal attempt wide right with 2:40 left.

The Packers sealed it after Rodgers converted to Cobb on third-and-4 with the Patriots out of timeouts.

Brady finished with two touchdown passes to Brandon LaFell for New England (9-3), which had its seven-game winning streak snapped.

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