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GREEN BAY, Wis. - A heating pad wrapped around his sore left calf, Aaron Rodgers could only watch helplessly on television monitors in the locker room as the Detroit Lions surged closer to his Green Bay Packers.There was only one place that he wanted to be — back on the turf with the rest of the Packers while they tried to secure a fourth straight NFC North title.Green Bays franchise quarterback is limping into the playoffs with a smile. Rodgers threw two touchdown passes to Randall Cobb, Eddie Lacy gashed Detroits defence for 100 yards, and the Packers celebrated another division championship with a 30-20 victory Sunday.Rodgers will appreciate a week off after the win, as the Packers (12-4) earned a bye. Detroit (11-5) starts the post-season at Dallas next Sunday. Green Bay will next play on the following Sunday.Its clearly an MVP performance — another MVP performance — by Aaron Rodgers, coach Mike McCarthy said. Rodgers won the award in 2011.Rodgers was carted to the locker room after tossing his first score to Cobb late in the second quarter. He tweaked the calf during last weeks win at Tampa Bay.This injury came in a different spot in the calf, Rodgers said. He came up limping again.In the locker room while getting treatment, Rodgers said he was thinking about if I could finagle myself to go back in the game.He hobbled back on to the field in the third quarter with the game tied at 14.I just felt like if I got in there, it might give us a little jolt, Rodgers said.The jolt soon followed. A seven-play, 60-yard drive ended with a 13-yard score to Cobb for a 21-14 lead. The Packers didnt look back.Rodgers plunged across the goal line from 1 yard with 8:45 left to help Green Bay regain a two-touchdown lead. MVP! MVP chanted adoring fans while light snow dusted Lambeau Field.Rodgers finished 17 of 22 for 226 yards. He was out of the game for about a seven-minute stretch between the second and third quarters. In between, Calvin Johnson had touchdown catches of 4 and 20 yards on consecutive drives to help the Lions roar back from a 14-0 deficit.Detroit hasnt won a division title since 1993. It hasnt won a road game against the Packers since 1991. For a few moments while Rodgers was out, it looked like both those streaks might end.Instead the Packers were victorious again at Lambeau and finished the regular season 8-0 at home.The Lions drew within 30-20 with 1:45 left after Matthew Stafford connected with Theo Riddick for a 6-yard touchdown. But Riddicks 2-point conversion run failed, Tramon Williams recovered the ensuing onside kick and Green Bay ran out the clock.Stafford finished 20 of 41 for 217 yards.The Lions head home at least with the comfort that they had clinched a playoff berth regardless of Sundays outcome — just the second playoff appearance since 2000.Were 11-5, and its a new season, coach Jim Caldwell said. None that stuff matters. Weve got to look forward.They could have accomplished so much more if not for some painful mistakes.After blocking Mason Crosbys 52-yard field goal attempt, the Lions lost the ball when Stafford fumbled on what looked like an aborted handoff to Joique Bell. The Packers cashed in with Rodgers 1-yard sneak.It was just on our part, self-inflicted wounds, and we know that, cornerback Rashean Mathis said. But kudos to them, they did make plays — enough plays to win this ballgame.Rodgers felt more pain after Detroits 305-pound defensive tackle, Ndamukong Suh, stumbled back and stepped on Rodgers lower left leg while the quarterback was on the ground at the end of a play. There was no penalty, and Rodgers tried to shove Suh back as the defender walked away.Suh had cleared out of the locker room by the time reporters were allowed in after the game. Caldwell said he didnt think it was an intentional act.Rodgers said referee Walt Anderson told him he thought Suh was blocked into the quarterback. McCarthy didnt see the play, but heard enough from others to be unhappy with Suh.Theres no place for that, McCarthy said. I dont understand it, frankly.NOTES: Rodgers finished the season with a 112.2 passer rating and is the only player in NFL history to register a 100-plus rating in six consecutive seasons. ... 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"NIT two straight years, I guess thats what youd call starting from the bottom," Stokes said. "A lot of people doubted us, and that just makes the ride much better." The Tennessee band had plenty of chances to blare their beloved "Rocky Top" during this rout, which followed the same script as their 19-point thumping of Massachusetts two days earlier: The Voles outrebounded Mercer 41-19 to keep the Southeastern Conference perfect in the tournament. They joined Florida and Kentucky in the regional semifinals -- the first time three SEC teams made it that far since 2007. "Ive been hearing that the SEC has been a football conference for a long time but I dont know how you can still say that when youve got three SEC schools in the Sweet 16," Tennessee guard Jordan McRae said. Tennessee will face second-seeded Michigan (27-8) in a Midwest Regional semifinal Friday night in Indianapolis. Stokes broke his 2-day-old school tournament record for rebounds. Langston Hall had 15 points to lead the 14th-seeded Bears (27-9). They knocked off Duke in the signature upset of the tournament but couldnt answer Tennessees size. "I think hopefully by the time (reality) sets in, well all be able to put a smile on and realize that what weve been able to do at our school, and for the city, has been phenomenal," forward Jakob Gollon said. "Its kind of hard to see right now." Mercer trailed by double figures for the entire second half before the Bears threatened another fantastic finish. They had the ball down 12 with about 2 1/2 minutes left when Gollon -- one of the heroes of the Duke upset two days earlier -- threw the ball away in the lane, then fouled out a few seconds later. McRae hit two free throws, and Richardson added a ffast-break layup to push the Tennessee lead to 77-61 with 1 1/2 minutes left.dddddddddddd McRae finished with 13 points for the Volunteers, who have won eight of nine with the only loss coming to the top-ranked Gators in the SEC tournament. They are in the round of 16 for the fourth time in eight years, and the third team to go from the First Four to the Sweet 16 since the introduction of the extra round in 2011. They also got a bit of payback: Mercer ended Tennessees season last year with a 75-67 win in the first round of the NIT. Ike Nwamu scored 12 points, Anthony White Jr. had 11 and big man Daniel Coursey added 10 for Mercer, the plucky Atlantic Sun Conference school trying to match Florida Gulf Coasts run last year to the regional semifinals. The Bears drew a perfect matchup for their first game -- and couldnt have had a worse one for their second. "Any time we have Jeronne (Maymon) and Jarnell wearing Tennessee orange," McRae said, "we always feel like we have the advantage." They were bigger, more experienced and more precise than a Duke team loaded with high school All-Americans and a leaky defence, carving them up down the stretch in a 78-71 victory that ranks among the top upsets in the history of the tournament. Mercer starts five seniors and has seven on the roster -- but the Bears were down one with 6-foot-11 Monty Brown out with a possible concussion. Even with him, a Tennessee team with Stokes -- who set the schools short-lived tournament record with 14 rebounds in that 86-67 rout of UMass -- was going to be a challenge. Without him, it was nearly impossible. "Its hard to match up with them, but at the end of the day, mainly it was probably my fault towards the end," Coursey said. "They had a lot of rebounds, and I should have boxed them out." Tennessee never trailed and held a 24-4 rebounding advantage in the first half. Richardson scored 10 straight points midway for the Volunteers to turn a tight game into a double-figure lead. His 3 from the right wing made it 29-18 with 6 1/2 minutes left. Meanwhile, Stokes and Maymon effectively turned Mercer into a jump-shooting team: The Bears managed just one offensive rebound in the first half and didnt attempt their first free throw until there was just 8:40 left. ' ' '

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