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).
No. 22 Duke-No. 20 Texas A&M in Chick-fil-A Bowl
ATLANTA (AP) - Johnny Manziel might play his final college game in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
No. 20 Texas A&M, led by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, will face No. 22 Duke in the New Year's Eve bowl at the Georgia Dome.
The announcement was made Sunday night.
Manziel is a third-year sophomore, making him eligible to enter the 2014 NFL draft. He hasn't revealed his plans for next season after guiding Texas A&M to an 8-4 record. The Aggies lost their final two games to LSU and Missouri, losing out on a shot at playing in a Jan. 1 game.
Duke (10-3) was a surprising division winner in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Blue Devils were routed by top-ranked Florida State 45-7 in the league championship game Saturday night.
SEC back in familiar spot - playing for a title
ATLANTA (AP) - A week ago, the Southeastern Conference looked as though it had finally been vanquished.
The rest of the nation breathed a sigh of relief, clearly relieved it wouldn't have to watch the haughty SEC celebrate another national championship.
Not so fast.
After a wild Saturday in this most unpredictable of seasons, the SEC was back in a familiar position - set to play for a BCS title, albeit not in its usual role of favorite.
No. 2 Auburn (12-1) should land a spot in the championship game against top-ranked Florida State (13-0) when the BCS pairings are announced Sunday night, the fallout from Ohio State losing to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game.
The Seminoles were established as an early touchdown favorite. Auburn isn't the least bit intimidated.
MUSIC CITY BOWL
Music City Bowl pits Mississippi vs. Georgia Tech
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Mississippi Rebels are headed to the Music City Bowl for the first time since 2000 and will play Georgia Tech on Dec. 30.
Bowl officials announced the pairing Sunday night.
This will be the Rebels' second time in this bowl and second game in Nashville this year. Ole Miss opened the season beating Vanderbilt a couple miles from LP Field, home of the bowl game.
Ole Miss (7-5) finished on a two-game skid that dropped the Rebels out of the Top 25 rankings. The Rebels played in the BBVA Compass Bowl last season.
Georgia Tech (7-5) will be making its first appearance in the bowl sponsored by Franklin American Mortgage as the Atlantic Coast Conference's representative. This is the Yellow Jackets' 17th straight bowl berth and 42nd overall.
No. 23 Georgia, Nebraska rematch in Gator Bowl
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Georgia and Nebraska will play in the postseason for the second straight year.
The Bulldogs and Cornhuskers were paired in the Gator Bowl on Sunday, a rematch of last year's Capital One Bowl. Georgia won that meeting 45-31, getting five touchdown passes from Aaron Murray.
No. 23 Georgia (8-4) won't have Murray in the rematch. The Southeastern Conference's all-time passing leader tore a ligament in his left knee Nov. 23 against Kentucky. Hutson Mason will make his second start.
Bulldogs receiver Michael Bennett seemed puzzled by the postseason pairing.
"Nebraska again? You kidding me?' Bennett posted on his Twitter page.
Nebraska (8-4) lost two of its final three games - both at home - and raised speculation about embattled coach Bo Pelini's future.
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