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Packers tied with Bears for NFC North lead

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 19, 2012 – 10:33 pm

The Green Bay Packers moved into a tie for the NFC North lead with Chicago following the Bears’ 32-7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night.

Both teams now have 7-3 records with six games remaining in the regular season. Technically, the Packers are in first place by virtue of their victory over the Bears in Week 2, but the two teams will meet again on Dec. 16 in Chicago, so the head-to-head tiebreaker is not yet definitive.

The Packers are on a five-game winning streak following their 24-20 win at Detroit on Sunday while the Bears have lost two straight after a 7-1 start. Chicago lost starting QB Jay Cutler to a concussion midway through last week’s loss to Houston, and Cutler didn’t play against the 49ers either.

Without Cutler, Chicago’s offense was basically inept against San Francisco’s swarming defense. The Bears didn’t score until late in the third quarter and gained just 151 total yards. San Francisco, which was also playing with its backup QB in Colin Kaepernick (starter Alex Smith was also out with a concussion), jumped in front early and never looked back. The 49ers lead the NFC West with a 7-2-1 record.

The Packers still have four NFC North games remaining among their six contests. Green Bay will play Minnesota twice (Dec. 2, 30), plus Detroit (Dec. 9) and Chicago (Dec. 16) once each. The Vikings are one game back of the division lead at 6-4, while the Lions are three games back at 4-6.

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28 Responses to “Packers tied with Bears for NFC North lead”

  1. By Ryan on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    The NFC North is Green Bay’s for the taking!

  2. By KyPackerFan on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    BEARs lost tonight, played like the Jaguars, were totaly dominated. That puts the Packers in 1st place in the NFC North!

  3. By cole71 on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    what i want for christmas is for the Seahawks to come to lambeau for a little playoff game,Bears have nothing on us,We should win the division,Would love for the Packers to beat the Giants this coming Sunday,I love our chances we control our own destiny

  4. By packfan1948 on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Green Bay can take the division. Beat the Giants Sunday and we will beat the Bears in Chicago. GO PACK!!!

  5. By Katarina on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    We have the divison as long as #12 our MVP is on his feet GO PACK GO. Rodgers should clench second MVP award.

  6. By jeff on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Lol!!! Bears still suck!!! Where are all the trolls at?

  7. By David on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t look ahead and don’t look back. Think Giants. It’s nose down time. Everybody in our division but the Lions is out to win it. The Vikings are lying low in the grass, just waiting for us to trip. Cutler comes back and the Bears have a point to make. Even the Lions hate us just because… ha! ha! Isn’t this fun? Oh, and the Cardinals…don’t forget the Cardinals…Aaron never will! Still like Coach says, “Don’t look ahead.”

  8. By Dan Mueller on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Opportunity rarely knocks twice; but the is a great opportunity for the Packers; to be in the position they are in; it’s even-up!

    GO PACK…

  9. By william on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Bears looked like the 3 stooges on monday night foot ball for everyone to see there true colors, GO packers . God i love this game…

  10. By Mike from Chicago on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    I loved being a Packer’s fan in Chicago last night! Tis soooo sweet!!

  11. By Tarlam on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    David, I love your comments! Thanks for taking the time to post them.

  12. By RichardSRussell on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Perspective, friends. The Packers led the NFC North for the entire season last year, and somewhere along the line people got the idea that “home field thruout the playoffs” guaranteed that they’d be IN every game thruout the playoffs. Next Sunday’s opponent thot otherwise. Unlike NASCAR, nobody keeps records on how many laps you were leading; the only thing that matters in the NFL is that checkered flag.

  13. By Dick on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    We need Jennings back on the field and Jordy back up to speed so A-Rod has better recievers available. These two guys are game-breakers for us.

  14. By Bob on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Absolutely loved Gruden’s comment last night after an incredibly stupid caall by the officials ( pushing Carimi in the back while going after the fumble as Carimi is batting the ball out of bounds ? ) They come back from commercial and Gruden finds the Niners penalized 15 yards so the Bears get a first down instead of 3rd and 30 or so …..and he says ” HOW do you give the Bears the ball back after a possession like that ? ” Loved it .

  15. By RexP on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    I think the Giants are the third team we play with a bye week before we play them. How is this possible or fair? We get fines and penalties that nobody can see along with game caals(seatle) that nobody understands. I watch for entertainment and root for my team but the NFL is stupidity at it’s best. Just like Ilinois polotics.

  16. By richard enos on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    with regard to previous comment, yup, Gruden is a class act. He will be coaching in Jax, San Diego, Philly or KC. I don’t want to see him show up in the NFC North!

  17. By Mason Krusie on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    I think the team we need to start watching is Minnesota! There the team that will challenge us, especially with AP

  18. By Steam Train on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Cautious optimism. The Giants game this week will be a tough test, as will the Bears in Chicago. The Pack should sweeep the Vikings and complete the sweep of the Lions, and the Titans should give us no trouble. But the Bears host the Vikings and the Seahawks, and go on the road for the Vikings, Lions and Cardinals– I don’t see any of those teams likely pulling off the upset. If we lose to the Giants but beat the Bears, we should win the North, having swept Chicago. If we lose to the Bears, the tiebreakers probably won’t enter into it– Chicago will likely win the division with a better record. So the Bears game becomes a must win, while we could live with a loss to the Giants. Assuming we don’t lose any others.

    As RichardSRussell alluded to, winning the division is not necessarily the ticket to New Orleans, but winning on the road in the playoffs will be tougher this year than it was in 2010. Away from Lambeau, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Chicago (again) would all be treacherous. Winning the division reduces the chances of that having to happen.

  19. By Mike Farmer on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    It’s great that the Packers fought through injuries and some mistakes on the field to be tied for division lead. It shows a lot of character and a non-quit attitude. Let’s keep taking it one game at a time. Really important not to over look the Vikings. Go Pack!!

  20. By Bob on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Steam , you must not have seen the Bears play the past two weeks ( or against Detroit for that matter ) to think that the Vikes or Lions or Cardinals will not ” upset ” the Bears . Don’t even think the word upset can be used . To paraphrase Denny Green , ” They’re NOT who we thought they were . “

  21. By PACKFAN-UT on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    I was glad to see the Bears get hammered last night, I don’t think it would have helped much if Cutler would have played in that game. I think a stinger that is going to hurt us is the game we had taken away a Seattle. I would love to see them again in the playoffs, I don’t think they are as good as what their record reflects. GO PACK GO.

  22. By SmokeyJoe on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Just a feeling….
    It feels like this year the Packers are missing a gear. Compared to SanFran last night the Packers play, effort, and energy seems slow and lacking. It’s like they are walking while everyone around them is running. Both lines Off & Def seem slow out of their stances. Not alot of effort to take on and beat down their opponent, especially the O-line who look like they are wearing concrete shoes. It looks like when the ball is snaped they just stand up and let the D-lineman plow them over. Compared to the niners who were firing off the line and destroying the guy in front of them. Which is why they have a run game and we don’t. It’s the same reason I think Matthews stands out so much on the field he seems to be going twice as fast and hard as the rest of the D-line. It feels like the secondary is always a step or two behind the recievers except for Hayward who’s flying up and down the field. Tramon looked horrible against Johnson. On the long pass, or was it a punt, he looked like he was playing outfield in a baseball game trying to back up the other outfielder. It looked like he didn’t want anything to do with him. I think they all seem to be lacking enthusiasim, drive and energy to obliterate the other team. Unlike Sanfran Houston ATL Balt and NE who seem to be energized out on the field and out playing everyone on every snap. If they don’t find that gear and energy the play-offs won’t last very long.

  23. By JUSTIRON on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Finley looked good,he was also involved on the sidelines.Glad to see it.At times he wants to be singled out,but the team needs him,and he was a huge part of it sunday.Proud of him!!!!!!!

  24. By JUSTIRON on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Am i the only one that thinks the emblem on the chicago bears helmet looks like a toilet seat.Kind of strange!!!!

  25. By happytobehere on Nov 21, 2012 | Reply

    Not any longer, you aren’t.

  26. By MontanaPackfan on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    To beat the Bears year-in-year-out whether we are contending for the NFC title or not is always the goal…not an afterthought. Remember when Lovie Smith commented after taking the job in Chicago…#1 is to beat the Pack. Lovie is not the first nor will he be the last to echo that Pack-hating sentiment…those who came before him loathed our green and gold. Our storied histories are both rich with titles. There-in lies the rub and the bragging rights. This rivalry is like a cross-town high-school grudge match every year. You see it in the players and in each fan-base every season beginning with the draft. We are proud and rabid fans when it comes to defending our teams and touting our titles. This Sunday we face another nemesis that knocked us out of the playoffs last year.
    I hope we swagger into this game with a Paul Bunyan size chip on our shoulder and send these Giants home whimpering. This is a gut-check game we must win. Having key injuries should not be an excuse we could fall back on with a loss to the Giants. In 2010 we won the show sustaining 16 similar key injuries…next man-up did his job and we triumphed. MM has not changed that mindset from 2010, he still believes the back-ups can step in and fill the gaps left by injuries. The IR players are invaluable in their willingness to teach their back-ups…one example is Hayward with four INT’s. Sure we can still win our division with a loss to the Giants but another loss to Eli would sting almost as much as a Bears loss. It is time to send a message to the league, the commentators, and the doubters that the Pack is indeed back.

    Roll on Green roll on

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