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Packers clinch NFC North with 21-13 win over Bears

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on December 16, 2012 – 3:02 pm

Wide receivers James Jones and Randall Cobb celebrate a touchdown

CHICAGO–The Green Bay Packers clinched their second consecutive NFC North Division title with a 21-13 win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes to James Jones, and the Packers defense held on against a flurry of penalties and a puzzling throwback/fumble play on a punt return in the fourth quarter that gave the Bears life when they appeared to be running out of breath.

Rodgers threw for 291 yards in a game in which Bears quarterback Jay Cutler suffered another statistical nightmare against a Packers defense that continues to torment him. Cutler completed only 10 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. It was a head-scratching interception he threw near the end of the first half that turned the game decidedly in the Packers’ favor.

At 10-4, the Packers will use the final two games to jockey for playoff seeding and a possible first-round bye.

The Bears have fallen to 8-6 and are in danger of missing the playoffs, despite having gotten off to a 7-1 start. A roughing-the-passer penalty against Julius Peppers on a third-down incompletion late in the game was a  big blow against the Bears, who also had an apparent touchdown catch nullified by offensive pass interference.

Chicago had two late-game opportunities to tie the game. It took possession at its 33-yard line with 3:47 to play in the game, but that possession ended when Cutler threw incomplete on fourth-and-nine from the Bears 44-yard line.

With :56 left to play, the Bears got the ball at their 3-yard line. Cutler was sacked on second down and time ran out on the Bears.

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107 Responses to “Packers clinch NFC North with 21-13 win over Bears”

  1. By Bob on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Congrats to the Pack for getting a spot in the playoffs! BUT, Green Bay cannot be a serious contender for the Super Bowl unless Crosby gets his act together. The kicking game is too important when big games are on the line! Time for the Packers to find a new, reliable kicker. Two misses today kept Chicago in the game to the end……not good!!!

  2. By calipackgirl2 on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Way to GO PACK!!…way to shut up Marshall!
    Luv my packers in cali!!

  3. By ron on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    that throw back play needs to be taken out of the play book – PERIOD. No need at that time to use a trick play.

  4. By Jerry Hladky on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Calling Ryan Longwell, Mr. Longwell, calling Ryan Longwell…..

  5. By ron on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    who do we replace crosby with at this time of year, if the only kicker available to the bears was orlindo mare do we want someone with even less? i don’t think so. I do believe that tt will sign someone in the off season to give crosby some competition and let it work itself out.

  6. By Leonardo on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Oh, happy day!
    I just love beating the Bears! But when you do it in Chicago and win the division on top of that, it’s just the sweet, sweet icing on the cake.
    This was a great win. The defense looked spectacular. Oh, what a difference Clay Matthews makes. I hope to see Charles Woodson and Jordy Nelson come back next week.
    Congratulations, Packers! 2012 NFC North Champions!

  7. By Eric on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Great win by the Pack. Defence played great. Welcome back Clay!! Ive backed up Crosby all year but Im starting to loose faith. If he doesnt perform better then he needs to be let go, or at least bring in another kicker in the offseason. Lets hope we dont have to depend on him for a game winning field goal. Anyway, GO PACK GO!!

  8. By tbhebert on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    congratulations green bay packers. yes mason better practice until his leg falls off, those fgs could have been the breaking point for the game being not so close. congratulations and keep pursuing the bye in the play-offs. from shareholder in canada

  9. By Mike Merritt on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    release the crosby!!!

  10. By mike on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Way to go PACK! Time for a new kicker…just what we need for the playoffs!

  11. By jayber on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Great battle! Too bad we gave up the points that we did, but the D held their own. And Rodgers to Jones x 3, SWEET! Better luck next year Bears, u suk again this/another yr.

  12. By JD on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    He may not be a great kicker but.. Mason Crosby has always been a gifted lover and when he makes burritos he always uses the perfect amount of filling.(Jake Hogan nfl.com)


  13. By Tom on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Hey MIKE MCCarthy! What the heck man? Were you trying to lose this game with that punt return fiasco? I think your a good coach, but this was the most absolute BONEHEADED call ive seen with any team this year.


  14. By Larry on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    We dodged a bullit today !

  15. By Charles on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    we won this is spite the worst coached game of the season by McCarthy! What was up with the punt pass????

  16. By pack on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Great win! Drop Crosby. Kickers that can make 44 yarders are a dime a dozen

  17. By Iowa Packman on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    I was at last week’s game at Lambeau and it really felt like Crosby was past this slump. It’s a killer having a kicker at this point in the season who misses VERY MAKEABLE kicks much more consistantly than he makes them.Defense is playing well and getting healthy. Offensive line is poor at best. Honestly even with Bulaga it was mediocre at beat. I doubt if a deep playoff run will happen this year but I’m not betting against our QB. Man I am really glad he is on our team. GO PACK!!

  18. By JD on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    that wasn’t a great call for that situation but.. IF it was executed and Ross caught the ball it would of been an awesome call. Go ahead admit it

  19. By chang yang on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Mason Crosby is A bad kicker.

  20. By David on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Anyone have Neil Rackers’ phone number?

  21. By Dennis on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Think Jennings will probably be let go if he will be too expensive. With the way cobb and jones are playing EVEN WITHOUT Nelson this will definitely not help Jenning’s case. Tho wish the cap would allow us to resign him!

  22. By Al on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Great Win, despite some really screw ups. Let work on playing fundamental football going into the playoffs.

  23. By chang yang on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    JD, that was not a good call, even if Ross caught it and ran for a TD. It will be good play NOT good call.

  24. By JD on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Yea Chang yang you right. Good explanation.

  25. By JD on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    PLEASEEE DO NOT DO NOT get billy cund-ifmaybemakesit the kicker!! not good, Crosby is better than him

  26. By Tundra Kong on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Nice to see the Pack win. But what was that “STUPID” pass back on the punt return. Oh YES, call Ryan Longwell. He lost us the Indy game and he has made too many games too interesting. Loyalty is one thing. But this has gone too far for loyalty MM.

  27. By greentothebone on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Div. champs sounds pretty good right now!! Still a lot of work to be done.

  28. By Don on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Was not the best played or coach game by either team—or officiated game.
    But the right team won.

  29. By Evie89 on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Love my Packers! Congrats on clinching the NFC North division two rows in a year baby! Clay Matthews u were absolutely amazing, welcome back!

  30. By stockprofits on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Calling Chester Marcol, Mr. Marcol, calling Chester Marcol…

  31. By AFK on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Congratualtions. GO PACK GO!

  32. By chang yang on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    As long as Packers still have Rodgers, they will be alright, unless the game is decided by a FG.

  33. By Bill on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Congrats Pack! I’d hate to lose Crosby but you would think they would at least bring some guys in for try outs this week. Maybe there just isn’t anybody better available.

  34. By Norwegian Packers fan on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    I’ll hook you guys up with my fellow norwegian, and a former Packer, Mr Jan Stenerud! Crosby has to go!


  35. By ron on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    I have to say it again – who do we replace crosby with at this time of year, if the only kicker available to the bears was orlindo mare do we want someone with even less? i don’t think so. I do believe that TT will sign someone in the off season to give crosby some competition and let it work itself out.
    on to other topics – great defense – a goal line stand whoo hoo. and how about shield/jefferies match up. sure did get away with a hold on that one play didn’t he.
    but, i’ll take it.

    Packers win, Packers win. Go Pack Go. next goal – a 1st round bye.

  36. By Ryan on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    He used to great, but he’s missed to many. Crosby needs to go, too many games are that close.

  37. By 4dingos on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Mike McCarthy your an IDIOT

  38. By vano on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply


  39. By tlvincent on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    My game balls
    Offense: James Jones 3tds
    Defense: Sam Shields
    SpTms: Tim Masthay(money punt late and a tackle on Hester)

  40. By Jamie007 on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Great defense, great qb, great JaJo, great WIN!!! Congrats to the Packs from Budapest/Hungary, Europe!

  41. By Kevin on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    4dingos. Rule of thumb dictates that one cannot call another idiot until you learn the difference between your and you’re.

  42. By cush017 on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    really mason you have to go if i performed this bad at my job i would be fired and so should you.maybe there’s an openning at the green bay weather channel where 50% might be acceptable.

  43. By Kevin on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Kasay, Rackers, Feely. Are any of these 3 still unemployed today?

    I wish I could like you, Crosby, but you need time off to get your groove back… not multiple attempts per game.

  44. By Bob Hanson on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Nate Kaeding is available and very close in Iowa City, Iowa. He has the highest percentage of field goals made in the NFL. Mike, please call him.

  45. By chang yang on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    4dingos, you can’t call MM an idiot. He made too many great calls against a couple bad ones. Everyone make mistakes, but I agree Crosby missed too many FGs.

  46. By Jeffr on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Congrats to all on being 2012 NFC North Champs. Now on to the Superbowl. It’s not going to happen with Crosby though. Time to cut him. There must be a Gramatica available somewhere.

  47. By naplespacker1 on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    MM ..is he having some type of problem? a pee wee coach wouldnt call that special team play it complete madness… then trying a long 40 yard passss to Jennings.. while Cobb is in bench .. ?? 1st down game is over.. There are Felonies and Misdemeanors … MM is committing FELONIES..Pack talent is making up for his game plan and play calls

  48. By regina on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Way to go

  49. By John R on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve worked with some good kickers over the years. Most of his kicks are hooking left. Just three words…….foot to target!!!!!

  50. By dsmpacker on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    I just want an explanation of the Cobb-punt-pass fiasco. The other things I get. I Just don’t get how that play happens.

  51. By Arturo on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Go PACK Go we are north champions!!!!!!!

    Shut Up Bears we are the best team



  52. By MontanaPackfan on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    At the very least we have to hire a kicker if for nothing else than to promote competition. Competition has great effect on confidence especially when ones job is on the line. Great job pack winning the NFC north…not the gretaest game but we’ll take it.

    Roll on Green Roll on

  53. By billfromcville on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    The punt return play was just another way to try to make the Packers unpredictable. You know, we just may need that when we get in the post season. As for our coach, there is still none better in the NFL, and please, we are not Bear fans so get off Crosby’s case!

  54. By Warwick on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    First off, great win and great to clinch the division! A huge welcome back to Clay Matthews, dude is a stud! I read somewhere that we were gonna release Finley at the end of this season… would that free up enough cap space to enable us to keep Jennings? I hope so cos when he’s fit he’s amazing and with JaJo, Nelson and Cobb we have a great WR group for Rodgers…

  55. By David Schwalm on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Hey, Tom. How can you label McCarthy a good coach when he calls a play like that ‘throw-back fumble” on a punt return? I really think he was trying to make it close……Does MM like to lay the odd wager???????

  56. By brandon on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    i’m not sure WHY we decided that a punt-return lateral was what was called for, in chicago, in the 4th quarter, when up by 11 points. terrible decision. we’ve flirted with disaster several times this season- this one nearly bit us in the….er…posterior. trying a fake field goal on 4th and 26, was asking for trouble. trying a fake punt, in the first half, inside our own 30 yard line was begging for some “bad luck.” and throwing a “back-pass” on a punt play, at that time, is insisting that fate “deal us a bad hand.” let’s start playing it straight, and not petition for terrible misfortune to deal us a cruel blow!

  57. By Mypackwon1 on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    The Crosby thing is much bigger than just missing field goals, which is big. It causes the team to “go for it” on fourth and “long” when they’re in FG range for most teams. Sorry Bing, you need to go. You may resurface somewhere else, but you’re not going to help the Pack any longer.

  58. By JoAnn Muir on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    We hang in there with Crosby because we are a team AND he is OUR kicker. PERIOD. We are not like other organizations, Thank god. We are a team.

  59. By Tom on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Another thought….

    These are the lowly Bears. We barely (no pun intended) won. It is my opinion that the shear talent of the players of the packers overcame a pathetic job by the head coach today. MM better pull his head out of you know what.

    And one more thing. For the love of god, will they please stop running Kuhn on 3rd down. IT NEVER WORKED YET AND WILL NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  60. By Mr Koolaid on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    You guys are too hard on Mason. He just made a kick in the parking lot.

  61. By Terry on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    NFC North champs again. Congrats to our Packers for over-coming the early season adversity. Remeber….we were 2-3 going to Houston and the sky was falling in Titletown. After that game, Aaron is asked what should be said to the Packers’ critics for the slow start. The answer….”Shhhhhh”. Our offense has been rolling since then. Just call the O…Silent But Deadle.

    2012 NFC North Division Champions
    Green Bay Packers


  62. By Kevin on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Im pretty sure, Mason will be gone. I really was routing for him all year, but it is that time of year, crunch time and he still is missing huge and very makable FG’S. It dang near cost us today.

    Go D!!!!! You guys were awesome today.

  63. By GUEST OF NIGERIA on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    I make kool-aid using urine instead of water.

  64. By Kevin on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Forgot to mention that aesome goal line stand, that was sweet baby!

  65. By ozzie on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Nice knowing you,Mason. Can you spell H-I-S-T-O-R-Y ?

  66. By Mr Koolaid on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    This Packer team is a powerhouse, led by no nonsense and not afraid to make a move Ted and Mr. Genius playcaller MM. Expect the Pack to bulldoze their way right through the playoffs and Super Bowl and another Title. Would you believe if my aunt had balls she would be my uncle? I hear the Pack just signed Mason Crosby to a $25 million extension and he gets a bonus everytime he misses kicks. Wow! This is aanother great long-term signing. What was that? Oh that was Mason kicking a field goal in the parking lot.

  67. By NC PackerFan on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    How do you know MM called for the punt/pass? Could have been special teams coach, could have been Cobb. Maybe somebody saw something that led them to call it. MM looked as surprised as anybody.

  68. By xmaan on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    This could have been ugly, but Packers pulled it off. I think that trick play would have been worth while if #10 would have caught the damn ball. Field goals worry me bcs games could come down to field goal and and if Crosby doesn’t get his act together we need to seriously look for another kicker. He’s has missed 12 FGs, that’s too much when all you do, is kick all day. He’s getting too much money to miss FGs and possibly cost packers their games…playing against top teams FG will matter in the play offs. Either get rid of him or motivate him. Make him pay for each miss, like $10,000 per miss.

  69. By Chris Pettman on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Did you guys know the Chicago game was live in England. I have supported since 1967 when I lived in the States, and it is such a thrill to see the Pack in playoffs again. Way to go Pack.

  70. By randy on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    There is absoletely no way we can go into the playoffs with mason crosby as our kicker. It’s totally negligent on McCarthy’s/Thompson’s part not to get a new kicker. It’s totally obvious to every competent football fan that crosby is done. You can’t allow a chance in the playoffs on an incompetent kicker. GO PACK GO !!

  71. By Mr Koolaid on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Who is the worst kicker in the histroy of the NFL?.

    There was a guy named Bob Timberlake that played as a QB/kicker for Michigan that was drafted by the Giants in 1965 and was a backup QB/kicker for one season. He made his first FG then missed 14 in a row and ended the season 1-for-15 in FG attempts. He was cut by the Giants and that ended up being his only season in the NFL, until he was resurrected as Mason Bing opps I missed it again Crosby.

  72. By Gene on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    would’nt it be bazar if it was not Crosby, but the holder?

  73. By Mr Koolaid on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Go to espn. Crosby ranks dead last in kicking with 63%

    31 Mason Crosby, PK GB 17 27 63.0

  74. By Mr Koolaid on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Bazar has never played in the NFL. It can’t be him.

  75. By Kevin on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    “It’s okay, Crosby. You can always fall back on your degree in.. COMMUNICATIONS? Oh dear”

    “Crosby know. It was phony major. Crosby learn NOTHING!” *sobs*

  76. By Scott on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    I think Martin Gramatica might be available? :-)

  77. By smokin1256 on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    The teams defense looks pretty good,as long as they do day in and day out! We won the NFC CENTRAL with 2 games to go. Time to get a NEW place kicker now so he has 2 games to practice!!!!!!!!

  78. By Brian on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Great ugly win! Defense was awesome!! Offense stiil needs to be more consistent and start scoring more in 1st quarter! What was the deal with the punt trick play Mc Carthy? Dum call at crucial time in game. Clean things up down the stretch!!! Stiil very good win to clinch 2nd straight NFC North Divison Title!!!

  79. By GBFan on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    GO PACK GO! EXCELLENT WIN! I thought the absolute most exciting thing was seeing Tramon and Shields getting in the face and talking trash to Jeffrey’s from the Bears. Seeing that aggression and passion was very enjoyable to watch. It shows they’re getting more confident and proud of where they are. Nothing bad to say. Defense is improving (Tackling could be better), and Crosby, where do I even start, Other than that, we’re ready, we’ll get second seed, and we’ll bring Lombardi’s trophy back home! GO PACK GO!

  80. By Brian on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    James you have already showed your IQ to be )! Blow yourself you moron!

  81. By ted on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Just go for it on 4th down if you are inside the 30 yard line. If you score 50 precent of the time, you would be 1 pt. ahead, Go Pack.

  82. By MontanaPackfan on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Great to have Clay back…what a beast!!! Add Jordy and Woodson down the stretch and believe in the running of rookie Harris…that spells bad news for the rest of the NFL.

    Roll on Green Roll on

  83. By Bowl time on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Got extremely lucky with the Shields “no calls” for pass interference. But we’ll take it! He better play a lot better come playoff time tho because the refs won’t be that generous again!

  84. By Ben Olson on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Aaron Rodgers completion percentage 66.9…..Mason Crosby completion percentage 55.8…..enough said, anything over 35 yards, is 4 down territory.

  85. By Bob on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Ms. Muir: When the Pack loses the NFC Championship because Crosby misses a 35 yard field goal to blow the game, will they still be a “team” or just another bunch of losers? NFL football is a tough sport…..produce or hit the street! It is time to give Mason his pink slip!

  86. By Polish Prophet on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve been a loyal Bears fan for nearly 40 years. However, since March 2010 after seeing a Clay Matthews’ “Muscle Milk” commercial, I’ve slowly been coming over to the dark side. With that being said, on behalf of some of the women in Packer Nation, we were happy to see Clay… ahem… in the back field. (I had to keep it clean. nudge, nudge, wink, wink)

  87. By Deadcheese52 on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Vic, you could at least leave the blog for Mike Spofford to run. You ARE the editor, right? You can write wherever you like, can’t you? *Hey, you already have your face all over Packers.com. Why such need for narcissism? I honestly don’t give a damn about what you think.

    If only the Steelers would’ve kept you.

    You’re obviously not for most of the things the Packers do. Don’t try to influence Pack fans to not care just like you don’t. A piece of advice: Packers fans will NEVER listen to you and sit back and watch the Pack get their ass kicked as if it doesn’t matter cuz “there’s nothing you can do about it” <–(No, I didn't learn that by having "tons of experience" writing for multiple teams throughout my life). Shut up and go type on a website where there are lowly fans looking to get more involved with their team.

    We are the best fans in the world for a reason. Don't destroy that and try to make us second place to someone else. In the words of Vince Lombardi," The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." We won't surrender to your criticism of the Pack or Pack fans and be anything less than knowledgeable, passionate and dedicated because you say so.

    *Hey, you already have your life-long experience in the NFL, right? I think it's time to give someone else a chance. Mike Spofford tells the facts as they are and doesn't throw in his over-opinionated, uninformed jabs to make people feel stupid. He doesn't shove it in your face when you're wrong. It's called professionalism.

    You should try it sometime.

    That is, if you can. —

    Congrats to our 2012 GB PACKERS for winning the division title for the second year in a row! Let's go get the Lombardi trophy and set it down in Titletown! Go Pack Go! Playoffs, here we come!

  88. By Danram on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Crosby is toast. His confidence is completely shot. You can see it in his eyes. He needs to get his pink slip at 8:00 AM Monday morning. There are plenty of capable kickers out there who would love to have a short-term job that pays extremely well for a few weeks worth of their time.

    Another person who should get a pink slip on Monday morning is the IDIOT special teams coach who ordered that trick play with 8:00 left in the game and the Packers ahead by 11 points!!! It may just have been THE single most boneheaded call I’ve ever seen in the NFL!!!

    If you’re ahead by two scores playing on the road against your most hated rival, a divisional title is on the line, and you only have to run 8:00 off the clock and your offense is about to get the ball back …. why in God’s name would you choose THAT moment in time to dial up a risky trick play on the punt return????

    STUPID! STUPID! STUPID! And had it worked and gone for a TD, it would STILL have been every but as STUPID! The risk/reward trade-off in that situation is about as unfavorable as it could possibly be. What any SANE special teams coach would do is tell Cobb to call for a fair catch and then send Rodgers out to run the offense.

    The Packers are lucky it didn’t cost them the game.

  89. By ted on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    What to do with Woodson when he returns? Make him our Outside Linebacker, he would be perfect.

  90. By NlGERIANGUEST on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    The average person spends three years of his or her life on a toilet.

  91. By Jay on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Orlindo Mare made his kicks from about the same distance and in the same conditions that Crosby had to deal with. The difference? The space between the ears.

    As for the trick play, MM said they used it to buy time for Aaron because of his ankle injury. My guess is they didn’t want to put their pop warner back-up in and risk him fumbling the snap like he did against the Saints. Looks like they got bit anyway.

  92. By hallmark on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    A I. Congratulate the packers for getting this far even with all the injuries and other malfunctions that have rattled.them this year. Now is the time to make it all syncronicity even mason crosby.. and we all have to believe in our packers the super bowl is their. Destiny. This year

  93. By Mypackwon1 on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    As long as Aaron is upright we have a chance to win. We need a kicker that can make 45 yd field goals as it often comes down to that. Our receiving corps is the best in the NFL, hands down. Bing needs to go; there are a lot of kickers out there.

  94. By Kevin on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    @Jay – That’s not why he DID it, it’s just a fortunate side effect of an otherwise crap situation.

    @Deadcheese – Do you need a hug? If so that’s too bad. I’m not giving it to you, you suck.

  95. By Apes on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    That’s if the turd kicker can make an extra point!!!!

  96. By Mark on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Oops…. The Packers contracted “TPOCS” Trick-Play-Overcoaching-Syndrome

  97. By Mark on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Time to take the “Ryan Longwell” medication to cure the TPOCS.

  98. By bajacheese on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    I am not buying the frequently repeated comment that we have the best receivers in the league. They are good but they need to get open more. Rodgers makes them much better than they are. Even with his numbers down this year, I would not want anybody else for our QB.

  99. By NlGERIANGUEST on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Try my jenkem recipe

  100. By Alex on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Mason Crosby could actually solve his problems very easily with one simple workout and one simple kicking adjustment. Crosby has lost confidence, in part, because he has lost some leg strength and the speed with which his foot comes through the kick is consequently somewhat slower. To address resolve this, all Crosby needs to do is to run on a treadmill with 1-2 pound ankle weights. When I was a 2:44 marathoner back in 1996, I actually used to run 6 minute miles for 10-15 miles with 3 pound ankle weights. Most athletes can handle this amount of weight because of the risk of back injury. But the risk with 1-2 pound ankle weights is much much smaller, particularly if you weigh a weight belt. To most, this will sound crazy, but the resulting strength in your ankles is simply amazing. On the kicking adjustment, Crosby needs to focus on following through with a higher follow through keeping his head down longer and focusing on following through with his right foot pointed toward the mid-point of the uprights. Kickers who start to lose their confidence tend to look up too quickly to see where the kick goes and kick with a more jerky shorter follow through that doesn’t point towards the midpoint of the uprights. This is very similar to golfer who looks up too quickly and fails to follow through completely. The ball inevitably goes right or left rather than straight. These two adjustments will solve Crosby’s woes. Trust me.

  101. By Bob on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    MM says he is sticking with Mason………..that is a BIG mistake! MM is in denial!!

  102. By mary anne caserta on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Great win Packers. Please instill in yourselves the desire to bring the Lombardi Trophy back home. There is still room for tightening up with consistency. God bless all of you.

  103. By Alex on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    The Packers should release Crosby, sign Beckham to the 53-man roster and Posh Spice to the practice. Alternatively, release Crosby, and sign Young, Stills and Nash.

  104. By Ron on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Ryan Longwell is a free agent, can’t be worse than Crosby.

  105. By Deadcheese on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    @Kevin, I don’t need your hug. It’s not about being mad. It’s about being constantly irritated by Vic every time Iog onto Packers.com instead of being excited to visit my beloved Packers’ website and enjoying my time being on there. He is exactly the reason why I’m on this blog instead; to try to talk to Mike in his Mid-Week Transcript. I honestly hope that the “Ask Vic” section of the website dies out soon.

    As for the comments on Crosby, I’m pretty damn sure that he’ll figure it out. He’ll get his confidence back and start nailing them in time for a deep playoff push.

  106. By CincyTom on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Congratulations Pack on an ugly win over the Bears- we’ll take it. Aaron had a very productive day- high conversion % on third downs to burn clock and keep the Bears off the field, some great throws and great catches by Cobb and Jones. Running game was reasonably productive as well. Fantastic job by the defense to keep the pressure on Cutler all day and keep the scoring in check despite giving up field position on the Grant fumble and special teams blunder. To make a deep playoff run, we will need to dramatically improve offensive line play (especially pass blocking), improve tackling on defense (everyone seems to be reaching for the upper torso instead of wrapping up around the legs!!), avoid turnovers and improve the special teams play- especially kicking. Crosby has lost his confidence and his mechanics- 1 more game at most to get it together but he has simply become too much of a liability for the team. Time to bring in Ryan Longwell or one of the other kickers out there who could be an effective stop gap. The Pack had to do something similar in super bowl 31- remember the late signing of Andre Rison due to multiple injuries at wideout? Let’s shore these areas up and win out to get the #2 seed… Go Pack Go!!!!!

  107. By Chris B on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    I pray they bring Jennings back. Surprise him with a contract now; He hasn’t lost a step in my eyes. Even if he had, there is the intelligience factor too. Remember to Super Bowl. He was a coach on the field. He is in general, reliable. He was there when James Jones was dropping a bunch of balls, constantly, and when Cobb was not in the receiver line-up.

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