Friday Morning Wisconsin Sports Report

Posted Friday, October 12, 2012 --- 7:25 a.m.

Here is the latest Wisconsin sports news from The Associated Press:

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- At 2-3, the Green Bay Packers are feeling a sense of urgency, but not panic. The Packers play the unbeaten Houston Texans this weekend. Green Bay defensive tackle B.J. Raji downplays the idea this week's game is a "must win," but acknowledges it's a "big one" for the team.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jayson Werth's solo homer in the bottom of the ninth gave the Washington Nationals a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of their NL division series. Werth drove Lance Lynn's 13th pitch into the left-field stands to force a decisive Game 5 tonight. The winner will advance to face San Francisco in the NL championship series.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Justin Verlander struck out 11 batters last night as the Detroit Tigers topped the Oakland Athletics 6-0 to advance to the AL championship series. Austin Jackson had two hits and drove in two runs for the Tigers. Detroit will face either the New York Yankees or Baltimore Orioles.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Rob Bironas kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired last night to give the Tennessee Titans a 26-23 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Matt Hasselbeck threw a touchdown pass to Kenny Britt with about four minutes left to tie the game at 23. Pittsburgh lost its third straight road game this season despite 363 yards passing from Ben Roethlisberger.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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