Packers end 5-game slide, beat Falcons 22-21
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Matt Flynn threw for 258 yards and the Packers' struggling defense forced a key fourth-quarter turnover in a 22-21 win Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons to snap a five-game winless slide.
Mike Neal's sack forced Matt Ryan to fumble. Defensive lineman Johnny Jolly scooped up the loose ball and celebrated with a little belly dance at chilly Lambeau Field.
Four plays later, Flynn found Andrew Quarless for a 2-yard touchdown pass for the go-ahead score with about 12 minutes left for the Packers (6-6-1).
The score completed a comeback from an 11-point halftime deficit and whipped the fans swathed in parkas and knit caps into a frigid frenzy. It was 9 degrees when the game started, with a wind chill of minus-1.
Matt Bryant missed a 52-yard field goal with 6:42 left for Atlanta (3-10).
Falcons S DeCoud leaves game with head injury
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud has left Sunday's game with a head injury suffered after trying to tackle Packers running back Eddie Lacy on a 1-yard touchdown run.
DeCoud came in off the edge on the play at the end of the first quarter, then stayed down for a couple minutes while being evaluated by medical personnel. He walked off on his power.
DeCoud, who went to the Pro Bowl last year, was fourth on the team with 54 tackles going into Sunday.
Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon also left after the game following Lacy's touchdown to be evaluated for a shoulder injury, but returned in the second quarter.
T25-CAPITAL ONE BOWL
No. 19 Badgers-No. 8 Gamecocks in Capital One Bowl
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Wisconsin will play South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl Jan. 1 in Orlando.
The No. 19 Badgers (9-3) are playing in a non-BCS bowl for the first time in three seasons following three consecutive appearances in the Rose Bowl.
Wisconsin lost those games, though, and will be looking for its first bowl win under coach Gary Andersen.
South Carolina (10-2) won its final five games of the season, including double-overtime win over then unbeaten Missouri.
The Gamecocks are making their second Capital One Bowl appearance in three seasons, having beaten Nebraska in the 2012 edition of the game.
South Carolina is also the only team to beat Fiesta Bowl-bound UCF, rallying in the final three quarters to claim a three-point victory.
It is the first meeting between the schools.
Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez active for Packers game
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is active for Sunday's game against the Packers after being limited in practice with a toe injury.
The veteran Gonzalez had been questionable for the game.
For the Packers, center Evan Dietrich-Smith is active after being hobbled the past week with knee and ankle injuries. Backup offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse is out because of illness.
As expected, Matt Flynn is starting at quarterback for Aaron Rodgers, who remains out with a fractured left collarbone. The Packers' other inactives are receiver Chris Harper, running back Kahlil Bell, linebacker Nate Palmer, and defensive linemen C.J. Wilson and Jerel Worthy.
Inactive for Atlanta are running back Josh Vaughn, safety Kemal Ishmael, linebacker Omar Gaither, defensive tackle Travian Robertson, and offensive linemen Harland Gunn, Terren Jones and Sean Locklear.
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