Wisconsin Sports Briefs: Packers remain one game back despite loss to Giants...
The Green Bay Packers are one game behind co-leaders Detroit and Chicago in the NFC North after losing to the New York Giants on Sunday, 27-13. The Packers trailed the entire game. They got to within seven in the fourth quarter when Eddie Lacy scored on a four-yard touchdown rumble.
But on Green Bay's next series, Scott Tolzien threw an interception to Jason Pierre-Paul, who ran it back 24 yards to give the Giants their final margin of victory. It was New York's fourth straight win after starting the season at 0-6.
Tolzien had three interceptions, but he did throw for 339 yards in his first NFL start.
Jordy Nelson had eight catches for 117 yards.
Mason Crosby booted two field goals, including a 57-yarder - the second-longest in Green Bay history.
But the Packer running game struggled, as Lacy was held to 27 yards.
The Green Bay defense continued to miss tackles and open receivers, with corner Sam Shields out with a bad hamstring suffered late last week.
Tramon Williams had the Packers' first interception in four weeks, but Green Bay still has a minus-six turnover differential on the season.
Eli Manning threw for 279 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the Giants.
Victor Cruz had eight catches for 110 yards, but New York was outgained in total yards 394-334.
The Packers have lost three straight after Aaron Rodgers went out with a broken collarbone. They'll host Minnesota next Sunday.
Bears win in storm-interrupted game
The Chicago Bears moved into a tie for the NFC North Division lead with a 23-20 home overtime win over Baltimore. The Bears and Detroit are both 6-4 after the Lions lost at Pittsburgh 37-27.
Green Bay is a game back in third. Minnesota dropped to 2-8 after losing at Seattle 41-20.
The Bears were down to 10-0 when the game was delayed almost two hours by high winds, pounding rains and a tornado warning. After the weather cleared, Robbie Gould booted the game-winning field goal, a 38-yarder at 6:18 into the overtime.
Matt Forte ran for 125 yards and a receiving touchdown for Chicago. Baltimore has now lost four of five, as Joe Flacco threw two interceptions.
The Lions lost after Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns. He had four on the day.
Calvin Johnson had six catches for 179 yards and two scores for the Lions.
In the Minnesota loss, Christian Ponder threw for 129 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, including a pick-six to Walter Thurmond.
Matt Cassel replaced Ponder in the fourth quarter and threw for 78 yards, a score and a pick.
Adrian Peterson ran for 65 yards. Jarius Wright caught both of Minnesota's touchdowns.
Badgers rise in polls
The Wisconsin football team rose three places to 19th in the BCS Standings after winning their fifth straight game on Saturday.
The Badgers are 8-2 overall and 5 1 in the Big Ten after crushing Indiana at home 51-3.
Wisconsin rose one place to 16th in the new AP media poll. The Badgers jumped three spots to 17th in the USA Today coaches' poll.
Next up for Wisconsin is a rivalry game at Minnesota on Saturday for Paul Bunyan's Axe. The Badgers will try to win their 10th straight game over the Golden Gophers, while keeping their slim BCS bowl hopes alive.
Four Wisconsin teams in Division III playoffs
Four Wisconsin teams made the NCAA Division III football playoffs.
UW-Whitewater will play Saint Norbert on Saturday, while UW-Platteville takes on Concordia of Mequon on the other side of the bracket.
Whitewater earned one of four No. 1 slots Sunday night after going 10-0 in the regular season and winning the WIAC crown.
The Warhawks will go for their fifth national championship since 2007. Like the first four, Mount Union of Ohio tops the other side of the bracket.
Whitewater will open against a Saint Norbert team that's 8-2 after the Midwest Conference championship.
UW-Platteville received an at-large berth after claiming second place in the WIAC with a come-from-behind win over UW-Oshkosh on Saturday. Platteville goes in at 9-1 and will face a Concordia-Wisconsin team that's 8-2 after winning the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference title.