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Monday, September 15, 2008
Black and Blue all over: It's a 60-minute game


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Lost leads were the theme of Sunday's action in the NFC North.

Chicago held a 17-3 advantage in the third quarter but ultimately lost 20-17 at Carolina.

Green Bay sprinted to a 21-0 second-quarter lead before falling behind Detroit, 25-24, midway through the fourth.

Detroit saw its 25-24 lead vanish in a hurry, as the Packers scored 24 unanswered points in a 48-25 victory.

Minnesota led Indianapolis 15-0 late in the third quarter before losing 18-15.

What does it all mean? The national pundits weren't giving the division many high marks as the season began, and so far we know at least this: Only the Packers deserve credit for knowing how to win close games. For that reason, let's start with the defending division champions in our expanded Monday morning edition of BBAO: