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Packers keep season alive with win over Texans

Green Bay Packers vs. Houston Texans

It was a close one, but the Green Bay Packers managed to keep their season alive for at least another week with a 21-13 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday. The play that made the difference was a 98-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter to break a 7-7 tie.

“We needed it,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said of that drive.

This late in the season, they really did. It made the difference between a 5-7 record, which would force the Packers to struggle at three games behind the Detroit Lions in the NFC North (with four games left in the season), and a 6-6 record, which keeps them two games beyond the first-place Lions.

That 98-yard touchdown drive – the Packers’ longest of the season – was quickly followed by an 89-yard touchdown drive to win the game.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, questionable going into Sunday because of a hamstring injury, played a solid game. He was sacked only once and hit four times, and he threw two touchdowns and no interceptions. Houston quarterback Brock Osweiler, a disappoint most of this season, finished 21-of-34 for 213 yards, with two touchdowns and a season-high passer rating of 99.3. Despite that, he was frustrated.

“We’re tired of being close,” he said. “We really are as a team. We’re all able to see it on the film. We see it on the film every single week that we’re so close to turning that corner. Shoot, if you guys think you’re tired of seeing it, we’re tired of living it.”

Texans coach Bill O’Brien concurred: “We’ve just got to figure out a way to finish drives. These last four games are all playoff games. That’s how we have to view them.”

What’s next?

The Texans will try to end a three-game losing streak – and stay in first in their division – against the Indianapolis Colts next Sunday.

The Packers host the Seattle Seahawks at home Sunday afternoon.

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