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GREEN BAY, Wis. - Aaron Rodgers started peeking ahead to the playoffs. Tom Brady stewed about missed opportunities.Had it not been for a late Green Bay sack, the star quarterbacks could have reversed roles.But the Packers prevailed in a 26-21 thriller Sunday night over the New England Patriots that had all the makings of a potential Super Bowl preview.We would love home-field advantage, yes, Rodgers said when asked about the post-season. A lot.With a 6-0 home record this year, no team will want to come to Lambeau Field for the playoffs.Rodgers threw for 368 yards and two long touchdowns, to tight end Richard Rodgers and receiver Jordy Nelson. Eddie Lacy had 21 carries for 98 yards, including 26 during a fourth-quarter drive that led to Mason Crosbys 28-yard field goal for a five-point lead with 8:41 left.Mike Daniels and Mike Neal provided the defensive exclamation point after combining to sack Brady on third down for a 9-yard loss. 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.The point total was enough to win the game, coach Mike McCarthy said. I thought (the) defence did a lot of good things, and really I think the end of the game is what youre looking for as a coach.Not quite the ending Brady had in mind.I just wish we would have won this one. We put a lot into this one, and this was a great test for us, Brady said. I think the guys knew how important this was for our season.Green Bay (9-3) has won four straight and eight of nine. New England (9-3) had its seven-game winning streak snapped.Dont be surprised if these teams meet again in February.The Packers are far from a finished product. For one, they would like to improve their production in the red zone after having settled for four field goals from Crosby of 35 yards or less.Some other takeaways from Sundays showdown between two of the top teams in the NFL:CHIPPING AWAY: The Packers came close several times to getting to Brady, but couldnt record a sack until their last defensive play of the game. Daniels rushed from the inside, while Neal overpowered left tackle Nate Solder from the outside before they met at the quarterback.McCarthy has said he was hoping his defence could come up with a good performance without relying on having to create turnovers. Thats exactly what happened against New England. The Packers, who led the league in turnover margin, didnt record a takeaway. They ended up holding New England to its lowest point total since falling 41-14 on Sept. 29 at Kansas City.So when youve got a guy like that, you have to just keep on chopping wood and you never know when youll get to him, Daniels said. And as you saw, the last defensive play of the game is when we got to him.FILED AWAY: The big-game atmosphere made Sundays game feel like a playoff contest. A lot can happen between now and early February, though the NFL will gladly take a repeat of the thriller in the Super Bowl.If we see them again ... that would be cool, tight end Rob Gronkowski said. Not really thinking about that. Theyre a good team and they just beat us heads up right now.Gronkowski finished with seven catches for 98 yards.ROOKIE NIGHT: The draft-and-develop Packers always rely on young players. On Sunday, two rookies played starring roles on the offence.Tight end Richard Rodgers caught a 32-yard touchdown pass. Davante Adams dropped a potential touchdown pass in the fourth quarter on third-and-5 from the 10, but otherwise had six catches for a career-high 121 yards.REVIS ISLAND ESCAPE: Adams came up big with top New England cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner handling Packers wideouts Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb for much of the evening. Rodgers was able to peck away at the secondary anyway. All three receivers had their moments, including a 45-yard score for Nelson after beating Revis for a 45-yard touchdown and outracing safety Devin McCourty to the front pylon before falling out of bounds.Its heartbreaking for us, Revis said about the loss.INJURY REPORT: Packers cornerback Sam Shields left after sustaining a concussion in the second quarter. Backup linebacker Jamari Lattimore left with an ankle injury in the second while on the kick return unit.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Air Max 97 China Wholesale . 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Air Max 97 Cheap Online . -- Houstons All-Star tandem of James Harden and Dwight Howard refused to let the Rockets give in to fatigue.ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - The extra pounds are gone and so is the weight off Von Millers shoulders.Denvers slimmed-down strongside linebacker has bounced back from the worst year of his career to make 13 sacks and regain his status as one of the NFLs premier pass rushers. Hes one of a league-high nine Broncos who were named to the Pro Bowl this week.It means a lot. Going through all the stuff I went through last year, it really helped me put my priorities in order, Miller said. Last year I didnt make the Pro Bowl. Its just such an extreme honour to get voted by your peers, coaches and fans. So Im definitely more appreciative of it this year than I ever have been before.Millers 2013 season began with a six-game drug suspension and ended with him watching the Super Bowl from the sideline after blowing out his right knee in December. In between, he tallied just five sacks in nine games.Miller had bulked up by 25 pounds last season. That extra weight made him top heavy and might even have contributed to his torn right ACL in December. Hes back down to 245 and is every bit the star he was in 2011, when he was the NFLs Defensive Rookie of the Year, and in 2012, when he was runner-up to J.J. Watt for Defensive Player of the Year honours.GM John Elway, who made Miller his first ever draft pick in 2011, last spring signed free agent DeMarcus Ware, who was Millers idol growing up in Dallas, giving Miller a pass-rushing partner like he had early in his career with Elvis Dumervil.Together, they have 23 sacks, 29 tackles for loss, 43 quarterback hurries, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception heading into the season finale against Oakland (3-12) with a first-round bye on the line for Denver (11-4).Coach John Fox said hes noticed a more mature Miller this season, one who has learned his lessons from last year and rededicated himself both on both a physical and mental level.Without a doubt. Like most things, the more you do it the better you get. And obviously youre going to have mistakes or setbacks thhroughout any career, but hes done a tremendous job and going through that I think has helped him, Fox said.ddddddddddddLike Miller, cornerback Chris Harris Jr. needed ACL surgery in the off-season and he went to Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida, for his operation in February, a month after Andrews fixed Millers knee.Harris and Miller then spent six months together rehabbing and plotting their comebacks in 2014. Harris was out to prove his 2013 breakout season was no fluke and Miller was determined to show his 2013 season was an aberration.Theyve succeeded on both accounts, just as they correctly predicted Pro Bowl seasons for each other back in the summer when both were slowly working their way back onto the football field.We already knew 58 was going to be in the Pro Bowl again, Harris said. If he comes back to halfway normal, hes going to be in there. This is a great honour just to be there with him. We worked so hard to come back here and to be better players and it was so tough.Ill never forget just watching the AFC Championship on the sideline with him being like, This is the worst thing ever. And then coming back and making it to the Pro Bowl with him this year, its like night and day.Notes: Fox was thrilled to hear QB Peyton Mannings proclamation that hell return to Denver next season if the Broncos will have me. Of course, they will, Fox said Thursday: I would say when youre kind of a top three quarterback in the league, maybe the top of all time, Id say its a pretty good likelihood, Fox cracked. Hes had a tremendous year, theres no doubt. Weve still got things to get done and were looking forward to that opportunity. ... LB Brandon Marshall (foot) worked with a strength and conditioning coach on the side during practice. Hes making progress for sure, Fox said. The Broncos plan to have Marshall, their leading tackler, back for the playoffs. 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