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NFC South Recaps: Packers surge past Falcons; 49ers destroy Bucs

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - After falling behind by 14 points, it was time for the defending Super Bowl champions to get to work.

Aaron Rodgers threw for a pair of scores as part of a second-half barrage, keeping the Green Bay Packers unbeaten with a 25-14 victory over Atlanta Sunday night.

Rodgers, who completed 26-of-39 passes for 396 yards, threw the go-ahead 70- yard touchdown pass to James Jones with 3:42 left in the third. Rodgers added a 29-yard strike to Greg Jennings on an acrobatic scoring play to begin the final quarter.

Mason Crosby kicked four field goals, including a 56-yarder that equaled his own franchise record.

"It was a choppy game. We had like three possessions in the first half," Rodgers said. "We kept persevering and dealt with adversity well, like we have all season."

Jones had five catches for 140 yards for the Packers (5-0), whose 11-game winning streak is their longest since a 12-game run in 1961-62. They are 5-0 for the first time since 1965 when Green Bay won its first six contests, on the way to an NFL championship.

Matt Ryan finished 18-of-32 for 167 yards with a score and a pair of interceptions for the Falcons (2-3), who couldn't gain a measure of revenge after losing to Green Bay, 48-21, at the Georgia Dome in the divisional round of the playoffs last season. The Falcons already have as many losses as they had all of 2010.

"Nothing we tried in the second half worked," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "We weren't very efficient, at all."

Smith, 49ers rout Bucs 48-3

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Alex Smith tied a career-high with three touchdown passes and the San Francisco 49ers had their largest margin of victory in the regular season since 1987, rolling over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 48-3.

The 49ers beat the Rams 48-0 on December 27, 1987.

Smith completed 11-of-19 passes for 170 yards while Frank Gore ran for 125 yards and a score on 20 carries for the 49ers (4-1), who have won three straight to produce their best start since 2002.

"Another strong game by Frank (Gore). I thought he was seeing things well today, seeing holes, planting very well," San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh said.

Josh Freeman struggled as he went just 17-for-33 with 187 yards and two interceptions for the Buccaneers (3-2), who had a three-game winning streak stopped.

LeGarrette Blount accumulated only 34 yards on 10 carries, while Kellen Winslow caught five balls for 54 yards.

"Disappointing loss, flat start, flat finish, flat middle, everything," Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris said. "We didn't make it off the plane."

 

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