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NFL: Burnett's two interceptions push Green Bay into tie for first

Picks pave way for Packers

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(Morry Gash)
Packers inside linebacker Brad Jones (59) breaks up a pass intended for the Vikings' Adrian Peterson (28) during Sunday's game in Green Bay. The Packers won 23-14.

GREEN BAY, Wis. – If any more Green Bay receivers go down, the Packers could always use Morgan Burnett.

With Minnesota rolling behind Adrian Peterson, the Green Bay safety picked off Christian Ponder twice in the red zone in the second half Sunday. Mason Crosby converted the miscues into a pair of field goals, James Starks gave Green Bay its first touchdown on the ground in almost two months and the Packers overcame Peterson's monster day for a 23-14 win.

"I thought Morgan Burnett's interception in the third quarter in the end zone was the key play of game,"Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "It shifted the momentum."

The victory was Green Bay's 10th straight over an NFC North opponent and gave the Packers (8-4) a share of the division lead after Chicago lost to Seattle in overtime. The Packers and Bears play at Soldier Field on Dec. 16.

"I can't say there are many Seattle fans in the locker room," Aaron Rodgers said, "but we appreciate the help."

The Packers lost in Seattle earlier this year on the Inaccurate Reception.

Peterson finished with 210 yards rushing, the most he's had since blowing out his ACL and MCL last December. That included a career-long 82-yard touchdown that gave Minnesota a 14-10 lead at halftime.

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