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Packers keep playoff hopes alive with 22-21 win

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GREEN BAY, Wis (WSAU-TSN)  Matt Flynn threw for 258 yards and a touchdown in a solid substitute start, helping the Green Bay Packers to an elusive first win since Aaron Rodgers' injury with a 22-21 edging of the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field.

Flynn shook off an interception that was returned 71 yards for a touchdown by the Falcons' Sean Weatherspoon near the end of the first half to rally the Packers for 12 unanswered points, the last six coming on his 2-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Quarless with 12:01 remaining.

He made good on 24-of-32 attempts in a critical victory for Green Bay (6-6-1), which entered Sunday's play 1 1/2 games behind Detroit for first place in the NFC North.

The Packers also entered the matchup with four losses and a tie over their previous five outings, a stretch that began when Rodgers fractured his left collarbone in an eventual 27-20 setback to Chicago on Nov. 4.

Quarless finished with 66 yards on six catches, while Eddie Lacy added 65 rushing yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

Matt Ryan put up 206 yards and a pair of touchdowns on a 20-of-35 completion rate for Atlanta (3-10), but was intercepted once and lost a fumble during a scoreless second half.

Roddy White caught eight Ryan passes for 74 yards, with Steven Jackson recording 71 yards on 15 rushes in the loss.

The Packers playoff hopes were enhanced with Philadelphia's 34-20 win over the first-place Lions. The Bears are also ahead of the Packers. They'll play the Cowboys on Monday Night Football tomorrow.

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