- Associated Press - Sunday, November 20, 2011

DETROIT — Matthew Stafford threw five touchdown passes, the final one a 7-yarder to Brandon Pettigrew with 2:32 left, and the Detroit Lions rallied for a 49-35 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

The Lions became the first NFL team since at least 1950 to win three games in a season after trailing by at least 17 points, according to STATS, LLC. The Panthers led 24-7 in the second quarter before Stafford got the Lions going.

After Detroit went ahead 35-27 with 8:02 left in the fourth quarter, Carolina tied it at 35 with 4:59 left on quarterback Cam Newton’s 6-yard run and 2-point conversion pass to Steve Smith.

Stafford started the game-winning drive with a 30-yard completion to Calvin Johnson and capped it with his scoring pass to Pettigrew in the end zone.

The Lions sealed the win when Newton threw an interception on the Panthers‘ first play after the kickoff. The No. 1 pick in the NFL draft this year threw a season-high four interceptions.

Detroit strong safety Chris Harris celebrates his interception of a pass by Carolina quarterback Cam Newton during the fourth quarter. The Lions trailed the Panthers 24-7 before rallying to win 49-35. (Associated Press)
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Newton was 22 of 38 for 280 yards with a TD pass and also ran for two scores.

Stafford, selected No. 1 overall in the 2009 draft, bounced back from throwing two interceptions in the first quarter and finished 28 of 36 for 335 yards. His five TD passes matched his career best.

Kevin Smith gave a surprising boost on the ground, running for a career-high 140 yards and scoring a career-best three touchdowns two weeks after he was sitting on a couch without a job.

Packers 35, Buccaneers 26

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes, and Green Bay survived a scare from Tampa Bay to remain the NFL’s only undefeated team.

With the Packers leading by two and trying to fend off a rally by the Buccaneers in the fourth quarter, Rodgers found Jordy Nelson for a clinching 40-yard touchdown with 2:55 left in the game - Nelson’s second TD catch of the afternoon.

Josh Freeman threw for 342 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Tampa Bay, which has lost four straight.

LeGarrette Blount had 107 yards rushing for the Bucs, including a 54-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Tampa Bay trailed by four and seemed to have some momentum when it tried a surprise onside kick before halftime. After a replay review gave the ball to Green Bay at the Tampa Bay 38, Rodgers drove for a 5-yard touchdown to Nelson that gave the Packers a 21-10 lead going into the half.

Bears 31, Chargers 20

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