Packes quarterback Aaron Rodgers, left, celebrates with Allen Lazard after Lazard caught Rodgers’ 443rd career touchdown pass Saturday against the Cleveland Browns. Rodgers passed Brett Favre for the most touchdown passes in franchise history. Aaron Gash/Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers surpassed Brett Favre to become Green Bay’s all-time leader in touchdown passes and the Packers intercepted Baker Mayfield four times in a 24-22 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Saturday.

Rodgers was 24 of 34 for 202 yards with three touchdown passes to increase his career total to 445. Favre threw 508 touchdown passes during his Hall of Fame career, 442 of them with Green Bay.

But it was Green Bay’s defense that sealed the win by sacking Mayfield five times and forcing him into his first career four-interception performance. All three of the Packers’ touchdowns came after Mayfield interceptions. The Packers (12-3) clinched the victory when Rasul Douglas picked off his second pass of the day with 43 seconds left.

Mayfield was 21 of 36 for 222 yards with two touchdowns in his return from the reserve/COVID-19 list, which caused him to miss a 16-14 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday.

Nick Chubb ran for 126 yards and a touchdown to lead the Browns’ 219-yard rushing effort.

Missing at least eight regulars because of complications related to COVID-19, the Browns trailed 24-12 in the third quarter but nearly came all the way back.

Cleveland (7-8) narrowed the deficit to 24-22 on Mayfield’s 5-yard pass to Anthony Schwartz with 4:31 left. The Browns then forced a punt and got the ball back at their 25 with 2:05 remaining and three timeouts. They had third-and-10 at the 50 when Douglas picked off Mayfield’s pass intended for Donovan Peoples-Jones at the 40.

Darnell Savage and Chandon Sullivan also had interceptions. Rashan Gary had two of the Packers’ five sacks against the Browns, whose offensive line was decimated, with left tackle Jedrick Wills and center JC Tretter both on the COVID-19 list.

Until the Browns produced their second-half threat, the day belonged to Rodgers, who broke Favre’s record by throwing an 11-yard TD pass to Allen Lazard in the first quarter.

Rodgers spent his first three NFL seasons backing up Favre before taking over in 2008. Favre sent a message to Rodgers in a video that aired on the Lambeau Field scoreboard after the record-breaking touchdown pass.

“Hey, 12, congratulations, man, on passing my touchdown record,” Favre said. “I have one request. Go get us another Super Bowl. Congrats.”

Rodgers later threw two touchdown passes to Davante Adams, who had 10 catches for 114 yards. Adams has caught at least 10 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns in eight career games, the most of anyone in NFL history.

The Packers already have clinched the NFC North title and are seeking the conference’s top playoff seed as they chase their first Super Bowl berth since their 2010 championship season. They have lost in the NFC championship game each of the last two seasons.

COLTS 22, CARDINALS 16: Carson Wentz threw a pair of touchdown passes, Jonathan Taylor ran for 108 yards and banged-up Indianapolis (9-6) continued its late-season surge with a gritty win over Arizona (10-5) in Glendale, Arizona.

The Colts have won three straight and six of their last seven. They earned the road win despite missing 2020 All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard – who was put on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier Saturday – and four starting offensive linemen.

Wentz made the game’s biggest play midway through the fourth quarter, when he bounced around in the pocket for a few seconds before hitting Dezmon Patmon for a 14-yard touchdown on a perfectly placed ball in the back of the end zone. That gave the Colts a 22-13 lead.

The Cardinals failed to clinch a playoff spot for a third straight week and are 3-5 since starting the season 7-0. Kyler Murray threw for 245 yards and a touchdown while also running for 74 yards.

NOTES

COVID-19: Philadelphia Eagles Coach Nick Sirianni has cleared the NFL’s COVID-19 testing protocol and will be on the sideline for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.

The team said Sirianni returned to its facility on Saturday morning.

The Eagles (7-7) are hoping to secure a playoff spot with a strong finish to the season. They have won two in a row and four of five overall.

• The Los Angeles Rams placed veteran offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.

Whitworth, 40, is a key performer for a high-powered offense in his fifth year with the team. The four-time Pro Bowler has appeared in 13 of the Rams’ 14 games this season.

Los Angeles (10-4) is tied with Arizona for the NFC West lead heading into Sunday’s game at Minnesota. The Rams have won three in a row.

• The Los Angeles Chargers will be missing Austin Ekeler for Sunday’s game at Houston. The running back tested positive on Saturday for the coronavirus and posted it on Instagram.

• Baltimore put quarterback Tyler Huntley on the reserve/COVID-19 list, leaving them without their top two QBs for Sunday’s showdown at Cincinnati for first place in the AFC North.

Lamar Jackson missed last week’s game because of a sprained ankle, and the Ravens announced this weekend that he would not travel with the team. Huntley played well in last weekend’s loss to Green Bay, but now Josh Johnson is the team’s top healthy quarterback.

The Ravens signed Johnson, a 35-year-old journeyman, before last week’s game. He appeared in three games earlier this season for the New York Jets.

• Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill cleared COVID-19 protocols Saturday and will be available Sunday against the Steelers, according to the Kansas City Star.

Tight end Travis Kelce, linebacker Nick Bolton and rookie tackle Lucas Niang have not yet cleared. The Chiefs elected to activate them from the reserve/COVID-19 list in hopes they pass the NFL’s testing protocols on Sunday.


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