GREEN BAY, Wis. - Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes, including two to tight end Jermichael Finley, as the Green Bay Packers beat the Baltimore Ravens, 27-14, in a penalty-filled game last night.
It was the fourth straight win for the Packers (8-4), solidifying their spot in the NFC wild-card race. But it certainly wasn't pretty.
The teams committed 23 penalties for 310 yards, tying for the second-highest yardage total in an NFL game.
The Ravens (6-6) struggled in coverage without star safety Ed Reed, who sat out with hip and ankle injuries.
Dolphins. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the Miami Dolphins' stadium needs more upgrades if South Florida is to remain competitive in bidding for future Super Bowls.
The 22-year-old stadium underwent $250 million in improvements in 2007 but is still falling behind the competition with new stadiums in Dallas, Phoenix, Indianapolis and New York, Goodell said.
Miami will host the Super Bowl for an NFL-record 10th time Feb. 7. Goodell spoke at a kickoff luncheon for the game.
"They've done a great job hosting Super Bowls here in the past," Goodell said. "The key thing is to make sure the stadium is state of the art and that it can compete with the stadiums in some of these other communities. They are moving to another level in some of these stadiums."
Deficiencies with the Dolphins' home include lighting and the location of lower-level seats, which are not close to the playing field.
Cowboys. The NFL is reviewing a play on which Dallas tackle Flozell Adams shoved New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck in the back. It could result in another fine for Adams or even a suspension.
"Any altercation of that nature is reviewed for discipline," NFL spokesman Randall Liu confirmed.
Adams has a history of run-ins with New York, including Week 2 this season when Tuck injured his shoulder after being tripped by Adams. The NFL fined Adams $12,500 for two plays in that game, and he was also fined for incidents in the games immediately before and after that.
Video clearly shows Adams shoving Tuck in the back at the end of the first half in New York's 31-24 victory Sunday. There was then a small melee between players from both teams on the New York sideline, and Adams was given a personal foul penalty.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he had spoken with NFL director of officiating Mike Pereira about the play.
Steelers. Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin promised lineup changes for the Super Bowl champions' Thursday visit to Cleveland after the Steelers' 27-24 loss to Oakland Sunday.
The Steelers traditionally don't make panicky personnel moves or bench a player because of a bad game or two but Tomlin noted "a pattern of behavior that's unacceptable" during a four-game slump.
"I assure you there are going to be some," Tomlin said, calling the Steelers "a very average team ... and our recent record might indicate that's a kind assessment."
Rookie cornerback Joe Burnett is expected to start for the oft-beaten William Gay, who sustained a concussion in Sunday's loss. Gay might not play against the Browns (1-11).
Another rookie cornerback, Keenan Lewis, plus defensive end Ziggy Hood and wide receiver Mike Wallace, also might earn elevated status.
Wallace is expected to start if Hines Ward (hamstring) can't go, which seems likely given the short week.
"We've swallowed a lot, Tomlin said. "I'm going to be looking very closely at these men ... in terms of who legitimately is mentally tough and who can stand the test of adversity."
QB injuries. Mark Sanchez is not practicing for the New York Jets while recovering from a sprained right knee, but coach Rex Ryan is optimistic about the rookie quarterback's chances of playing Sunday at Tampa Bay.
Houston quarterback Matt Schaub could play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks despite dislocating his nonthrowing shoulder this weekend, coach Gary Kubiak said, adding the team will know more tomorrow.
Jaguars. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist thinks Tim Tebow could be the answer to Jacksonville's attendance problems. Crist said he's talked with the team's ownership about drafting the Florida quarterback as a means to sell more tickets and keep the team from moving out of Jacksonville.