Packers vault over Bears for NFC North title

Packers vault over Bears for NFC North title
December 29, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Jake Flannigan

Aaron Rodgers side-stepped to his left to avoid a likely sack by Julius Peppers and then threw to a wide-open Randall Cobb for a 48-yard touchdown, giving the Green Bay Packers a 33-28 NFC North title clinching win over the Bears Sunday at Soldier Field.

Jay Cutler threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns, and wasn’t intercepted until his final throw of the game. Packers cornerback Sam Shields jumped in front of a Hail Mary pass intended for Brandon Marshall, to end the game and the season for the Bears.

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Matt Forte’s versatility was on full display in the defeat, as he scored three touchdowns. Forte rushed for 110 yards and two scores on the ground, while also catching four passes for 47 yards and a touchdown as a receiver out of the backfield. 

The victory gives Green Bay its third straight division championship and second clinching victory in Chicago. The Packers defeated the Bears 21-13 in Week 15 a season ago to take the NFC North. 

The Bears had the momentum early due to a pair of interceptions thrown by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on the team’s first two possessions. Rodgers rebounded to go 25-of-39 for 318 yards and two touchdowns. 

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Late in the second quarter, the Green Bay signal-caller fumbled the ball after being hit by Peppers. The ball was live, but no Bears went for it, as Rodgers instructed Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin to pick the ball up and run it 15 yards for a score. The play gave the Packers a 10-7 lead at the time. Mason Crosby connected on a 32-yard field goal just before the half to extend the Green Bay lead to 13-7.