FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WKOW) -- The New England Patriots edged over the Green Bay Packers Sunday night for their sixth straight win.
Dan Connolly rumbled 71 yards with what is believed to be the longest kickoff return by an offensive lineman in NFL history, and Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes.
The Patriots, who had outscored their previous two opponents 81-10, had their hands full even with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers missing the game with a concussion.
Matt Flynn threw his first three pro touchdown passes.
The game went down to the final play when Flynn, with the ball at the Patriots 15-yard line, lost it and Vince Wilfork recovered for New England (12-2). Green Bay (8-6) trails Chicago by one game in the NFC North.
The return by the 313-pound Connolly set up Brady's 2-yard scoring pass to Aaron Hernandez, cutting Green Bay's lead at halftime to 17-14.
GREEN BAY (WKOW) -- Matt Flynn made his first career start for the Packers Sunday night. Flynn was taken by the team in the seventh round of the 2008 draft.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had not received medical clearance after sustaining his second concussion of the season last game.
He's been ruled out for Sunday night's game at New England.
New England led Green Bay 21-17 right after halftime.
The team signed quarterback Graham Harrell from its practice squad and placed safety Anthony Smith on injured reserve.
Rodgers suffered a concussion in last Sunday's loss at Detroit, his second concussion of the season.
He didn't practice with the team this week.