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Packers look to secure playoff bye with win over Titans

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Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Mathews celebrates after sacking Detroit Lions quarterback Shaun Hill for a four yard loss in the second quarter of a NFL football game at Lambeau Field Green Bay, Wisconsin October 3, 2010. REUTERS/Allen Fredrickson
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Mathews celebrates after sacking Detroit Lions quarterback Shaun Hill for a four yard loss in the second quarter of a NFL football game at Lambeau Field Green Bay, Wisconsin October 3, 2010. REUTERS/Allen Fredrickson

GREEN BAY, Wis. (TSN-WSAU) - Fresh off clinching their second straight NFC North Division title, the Green Bay Packers will continue their pursuit of a first round playoff bye against the Tennessee Titans.

James Jones caught three touchdown passes from Aaron Rodgers last Sunday as the Packers wrapped up their division with a 21-13 win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

Rodgers finished the game 23-for-36 for 291 yards for Green Bay, which has won three straight and eight of its last nine overall.

"It's all about how you're playing in late December and your team's health," said Rodgers on his Twitter account. "We've dealt with a lot of adversity. We want to peak at the right time."

Kicker Mason Crosby continued to struggle for Green Bay, however, missing both of his field goal attempts as he is now just 9-for-18 in his past seven games. Randall Cobb had six catches for 115 yards in the win and is now just 108 receiving yards and 36 kick-return yards from becoming the first player in NFL history with 1,000 in kick both categories.

The Titans, meanwhile, played the role of spoiler this past Monday night against the New York Jets and hope to continue in that guise versus the Pack.

With the Jets' playoff hopes hanging in the balance, Chris Johnson rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries and the Titans intercepted New York quarterback Mark Sanchez four times in a 14-10 victory at LP Field.

Jake Locker finished 13-of-22 passing for 149 yards to go with 43 rushing yards and a touchdown on seven carries for the Titans, who snapped a three- game skid.

"The bottom line is we hung in there," Titans coach Mike Munchak remarked. "It's something we haven't been able to do the last two, three weeks is hold on to a lead or find a way to win in the fourth quarter and this time we did. It's just good to win again. It's been a while."

About the only negative was Tennessee's 14 penalties, its most since being caught 18 times back on Jan. 1, 2006.

"We won is all that matters right now," Munchak said

The Titans are 6-4 all-time versus Green Bay and have won three straight in the series, including a 19-16 overtime win the last time the two teams met on Nov. 2, 2008.

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