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Rodgers rallies Packers to NFC North title

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on December 29, 2013 – 6:32 pm


CHICAGO–Aaron Rodgers completed a 48-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb with 38 seconds to play, and the Packers claimed their third consecutive NFC North title with a 33-28 win over the Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday.

Trailing 28-20, the Packers were in hurry-up mode when Aaron Rodgers became the Rodgers of old. He moved the Packers quickly into scoring territory with throws to Jordy Nelson and James Jones for a combined 46 yards. A pass to Andrew Quarless gained 22 yards to the Bears 6-yard line, from where Eddie Lacy ran the ball into the end zone to cut the Bears’ lead to 28-27 with 11:38 to play in regulation.

The Bears took possession at their 26.  Two runs by Matt Forte left third-and-two. Forte gained 10 yards to the Bears 45. Jay Cutler pitched consecutive completions and the Bears had a first down at the Packers 38.

On second-and-12, the Packers dropped Forte for a loss of five yards, bringing up a third-and-17 that would be the play of the game for the Packers defense with 6:38 to play; the game was on the line. Cutler’s bomb for Alshon Jeffery was knocked away by Sam Shields, forcing a punt that would be fair-caught at the Packers 12.

Dramatically, the game was in the hands of the man who was in his comeback from a broken collarbone. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers needed a field goal to win.

Lacy gained a couple, as the clock ticked under six minutes. The Packers would face third-and-2 and Lacy came up inches short on what was a controversial spot by Referee Clete Blakeman’s crew.

The Packers would go for it on fourth down and John Kuhn got the first down.

A wide receiver screen pass to James Jones gained 6. An incompletion, however, left third-and-6. Rodgers scrambled for a first down.

A pass to Nelson gained 7. Lacy gained 2; third-and-1, again. Lacy was stuffed for no gain and the Packers’ season was on the line at the 2-minute warning.

Rodgers threw to Nelson; first down at the 50-yard line. Time was now an issue, as the Packers were down to one timeout remaining.

On third-and-8, Nelson dropped a pass that would’ve gained a first down and have put Mason Crosby in field goal range. It would be fourth-and-8.

Are you ready for this?

Rodgers found a wide-open Randall Cobb for 48 yards and a touchdown, and the Packers had the lead, 33-28, with 38 seconds to play in regulation. The two-point try failed and the game was now in the hands of the Packers kickoff team and the defense.

Devin Hester’s return gave the Bears the ball at their 40. Cutler completed a pass to the Packers 45; :24 was left on the clock. A deep ball was incomplete in the end zone; :16 remained.

Cutler threw errantly over the middle; :10 remained to be played.

Shields intercepted Cutler’s next pass. The Packers were champs, again.

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Packers trail Bears, 21-20; Bears on the 5-yard line

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on December 29, 2013 – 5:47 pm

131229-in-game-updates-3a-300CHICAGO–The Bears were on the Packers 5-yard line and held a 21-20 lead when the third quarter ended at Soldier Field on Sunday.

Following a three-and-out to start the second half, the Packers allowed a 49-yard punt return by Devin Hester and the Bears began at the Packers 30-yard line.

Matt Forte found 15 yards up the middle. Forte converted third down with a 3-yard run to the 5. One play later, Forte cut back to his left and strolled into the end zone untouched. The Bears led, 14-13, with 10:46 to play in the third quarter. The drive was 30 yards in five plays.

Eddie Lacy broke loose on a 17-yard run that nearly went the distance. On third-and-1 from the Packers 46, James Starks tore through a huge in the middle of the Bears defense for 41 yards and a first down at the Bears 13. On third-and-four, Aaron Rodgers threw to Randall Cobb for a 7-yard touchdown that put the Packers back into the lead, 20-14, with 7:27 to play in the third quarter.

The Packers’ next kickoff was of the pooch, anti-Hester variety and left the Bears to begin at their 26-yard line. Three plays later, however, Sam Shields was burned by Alson Jeffery for a 67-yard bomb from Jay Cutler. Forte scored from a yard out with 5:04 to play in the third quarter and the Bears were back in the lead, 21-20.

Rodgers rallied back with an 18-yard pass to Jordy Nelson. The Packers were now in their no-huddle offense. An incompletion was challenged by Mike McCarthy, who lost the challenge. That left third-and-10 from the Packers 38. Rodgers threw incomplete and the Packers were forced to punt.

Forte ran for a couple of first downs and across midfield. Then Cutler dumped a pass into the left flat to a wide-0pen Forte, who gained 33 yards to the 8-yard line.

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Ask Vic Halftime: Expect more all-out rushes by Bears

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on December 29, 2013 – 4:53 pm


Julie from Jackson, MI

Where is Eddie Lacy?

He’s splitting time with James Starks. Obviously, they’re trying to keep Lacy from wearing out late in the game, which is what happened against the Steelers when his ankle weakened.

Sam from Ridgewood, NJ

If the Packers win, can they be a Super Bowl contender?

In my opinion, every team in the playoffs is a Super Bowl contender. All it takes is one play and one win to make you a hot team. That’s exactly what happened to the Ravens last year. Just make it into the playoffs; just win today’s game.

Paul from De Pere, WI

Who is the most important Packer on defense today?

I think it’s whatever linebacker the Bears decide to pick on. I think that’s what they’re going to do, focus on the Packers linebackers and try to get them matched up on Matt Forte.

James from Tucson, AZ

Saw a Bears fan at breakfast. He suggested we go out back. I bought his breakfast.

He needs a lot more than a free breakfast.

Jarrett from Byron, IL

Do you have any pregame rituals?

I like to engage my media buddies, especially those I don’t see every week, and get their opinion on the game. There are a lot of big boys here for this game.

Ryan from Menomonie, WI

You were right, Vic, it would have been nice for Rodgers to get a game in before this one.

The second interception was the result of a high throw. That’s not a Rodgers-type throw. Yeah, it would’ve been nice had he been able to play last week, but it is what it is. What concerns me the most is that Rodgers is clearly hesitant to run with the ball, which is to be understood. That won’t be lost on Mel Tucker. I think we’re going to see more all-out rushes by the Bears to try to move Rodgers off the spot. The threat of scramble isn’t there. That’s a big part of Rodgers’ game that is missing today.

Matt from Saugerties, NY

The field conditions in Chicago are notoriously bad, so why doesn’t the league step in and do something?

They look fine to me. I intensely dislike whining and crying about field conditions. It’s football, not golf.

Joe from Bloomington, IN

First half is Rodgers preseason, second half is his playoffs. Got to keep it close until halftime.

Good thought. This one will come down to a big play in the fourth quarter. I can feel it.

Jonathan from Toronto, Ontario

Any insight on why the Packers ran so many sweeps in the first half against the Bears?

Zone blocking is all about getting defenders running laterally, and then cutting the ball back behind them.

Thomas from Vienna, Austria

We control time of possession, as you said; this is the key to the game, but we are still behind. What needs to be changed in the rest of the game?

Hang on for a minute. Jarrett Boykin is running with the ball. Changed!

Phil from Fort Wayne, IN

Vic, was the play that Boykin scored on the trick play we’re looking for?

That’s the one.

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Wacky play helps Packers take 13-7 lead into halftime

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 29, 2013 – 4:52 pm

131229-in-game-updates-2a-300CHICAGO — With the help of a wacky play, the Packers scored 13 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 13-7 lead into halftime at Soldier Field on Sunday.

Down 7-0 at the start of the quarter, the Packers had a scoring opportunity thwarted by another interception. One play after a 32-yard pass to Nelson put the Packers on the Chicago 26-yard line, a quick slant to Nelson bounced off his hands and was picked off by Bears CB Tim Jennings. That was QB Aaron Rodgers’ second INT of the half.

The Packers defense responded with a three-and-out, though, and the offense went back on the attack.

A 26-yard pass to Nelson converted a third down and got the ball across midfield, and then a personal foul on Bears DE Shea McClellin following a Lance Briggs third-down sack gave the Packers a first down in the red zone.

But the drive stalled there, as Rodgers’ third-down pass for Nelson in the end zone was too high, and the Packers settled for a 33-yard Mason Crosby field goal to make it 7-3 with 7:59 left in the half.

After Bears returner Devin Hester recovered his own fumble on the kickoff return, the Packers defense got a second straight three-and-out, with the help of a first-down sack by LB Andy Mulumba, and the offense took over in good field position, at the Chicago 41.

That drive ended in one of the stranger touchdowns. With first down on the Chicago 17, Rodgers was sacked by Bears DE Julius Peppers, who knocked the ball loose. With most players on the field assuming it was an incomplete pass, Packers WR Jarrett Boykin — at the urging of Rodgers — picked up the ball and ran 15 yards into the end zone for the score.

The play was reviewed, as all scoring plays are, and it was determined the ball came out of Rodgers’ throwing hand before his arm started going forward to throw. It was a fumble, and the touchdown stood, giving the Packers a 10-7 lead with 3:28 left in the half.

The Packers got the ball right back, as Bears WR Alshon Jeffery fumbled after a reception following a hit by LB A.J. Hawk. Packers S Morgan Burnett recovered, lateraled to CB Sam Shields, and the Packers took over on the Bears’ 28-yard line.

A 16-yard pass to Nelson converted third down and made it first-and-goal on the 9, but the Packers couldn’t punch it in and had to settle for a 27-yard FG by Crosby with 2 seconds left in the half.

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Bears lead, 7-0, after one quarter at Soldier Field

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on December 29, 2013 – 4:00 pm

131229-in-game-updates-1b-300CHICAGO–Matt Forte scored on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler, and the Bears held a 7-0 lead over the Packers after one quarter of play at Soldier Field on Sunday.

The Packers defense pitched an impressive three-and-out after the Bears began the opening series of the game at the Packers 42-yard line following a long kickoff return by Devin Hester and a personal foul penalty on Victor Alyewa.

Aaron Rodgers made his return to action with a possession that began at the Packers 20-yard line.

Right away, Eddie Lacy went to work with a 14-yard run around left end. Rodgers completed his first pass to Jarrett Boykin for 5 yards. His next toss was to Andrew Quarless for 9 yards to near midfield.

The Packers faced a third-and-3 at the Bears 45. Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson on a slant for 14 yards and a first down at the Chicago 31.

Lacy gained 6 yards on a cutback run to the left side. Following a drop by James Starks, Rodgers faced third-and-4. Rodgers’ pass over the middle for Nelson resulted in a holding penalty against Bears defensive back Isaiah Frey and a first down for the Packers at the Bears 20.

Following two short completions, the Packers faced third-and-5. Rodgers pitched a 6-yard completion to Nelson.

As snow began to fall, Lacy gained 4 to the 5-yard line. A sack for no yards lost forced third-and-goal from the Bears 5. Rodgers was then intercepted in the end zone by Chris Conte.

A Jay Cutler completion and a 20-yard run by Matt Forte put the ball quickly at the Green Bay 47-yard line. Cutler then hit Brandon Marshall down the left sideline, over Sam Shields, for 37 yards to the Packers 8-yard line.

The Bears faced third-and-goal from the 4-yard line. Cutler threw to Forte for a touchdown that gave the Bears a 7-0 lead with 2:07 to play in the first quarter.

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Pregame warmup: Win and get in

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 29, 2013 – 2:27 pm

With kickoff less than an hour away, here’s a final rundown on Packers-Bears from Soldier Field.

Win and get in

The winner of this game wins the NFC North and will host a playoff game next weekend. If the Packers win, they would be the No. 4 seed in the NFC. If the Bears win, they could be either the No. 3 or 4 seed depending on the Eagles-Cowboys result later Sunday night.

For more on the NFC playoff possibilities on the final Sunday of the regular season, click here.

Rodgers, Cobb both back

QB Aaron Rodgers hasn’t played since Nov. 4 and WR Randall Cobb hasn’t played since Oct. 13, but both are back for this showdown with a playoff berth at stake.

Rodgers’ availability has been a week-to-week sage, while Cobb just returned to practice two weeks ago but has shown enough to be activated from temporary injured reserve.

The last time the two were on the field together was in the first half at Baltimore back on Oct. 13, and other than the first series of the first Chicago game on Nov. 4, both players missed the earlier meeting with the Bears this season.

Weather update

It’s not a pleasant day in Chicago. Temperatures are in the high 20s and expected to drop throughout the game. Winds are around 20 mph or more, and there’s been a steady drizzle during pregame. Expect the conditions to have an impact on this game.

Milestones in reach

Packers WR James Jones needs just nine receiving yards today to set a new single-season career high. Jones had 784 yards last year.

LB A.J. Hawk, with 1,010 career tackles, needs just five more to move past Nick Barnett for No. 2 on the all-time franchise list. Hawk also needs just 11 more tackles to surpass John Anderson for the top spot. Tackles have been an official statistic only since 1975.

Changes at LB

The Packers knew they were coming into this game without LB Clay Matthews (thumb), but LB Brad Jones was a surprise pre-game scratch despite being probable on the injury report with an ankle injury.

LB Jamari Lattimore is replacing Jones in the starting lineup at ILB, while the Packers will be starting Mike Neal and rookie Andy Mulumba at OLB. Nick Perry is also active and expected to play at OLB.

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Randall Cobb in, Brad Jones out; Packers-Bears inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 29, 2013 – 1:55 pm

The following players have been declared as inactive for this afternoon’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
13 WR Chris Harper
20 CB Jumal Rolle
52 LB Clay Matthews
59 LB Brad Jones
65 G Lane Taylor
73 C/G JC Tretter
98 DE C.J. Wilson

Starting lineup changes: 57 LB Jamari Lattimore starts for Jones, 55 LB Andy Mulumba starts for Matthews, and 96 LB Mike Neal will start for 53 LB Nick Perry, who is active.

Chicago Bears
2 QB Jordan Palmer
76 T Joe Long
78 T/G James Brown
79 T Jonathan Scott
80 WR Earl Bennett
82 WR Chris Williams
94 DE Cornelius Washington

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What to watch for: Lacy leads NFL in rushing over last 11 games

Posted by packers.com on December 29, 2013 – 1:25 pm

- Green Bay’s 5,931 yards this season (No. 4 in the NFL) are the third most by the team through 15 games in franchise history, trailing only the 5,970 yards posted in 2004 and the 5,932 yards in 2011. The Packers enter today’s game 551 yards shy of the single-season franchise record for yardage (6,482 in 2011) and 426 yards shy of the No. 2 mark (6,357 in 2004) in team history.

- The Packers enter today’s game ranked No. 7 in the league in rushing yards per game (131.7) and No. 8 in passing yards per game (263.7). They will be looking to finish in the top 10 in both categories for the first time since 2004 (No. 10 rushing/No. 3 passing).

- Green Bay has had at least one 100-yard receiver in eight of 15 games this season and is tied for No. 3 in the NFL with 10 100-yard receivers on the season. The Packers need one more 100-yard receiver to tie the single-season franchise record set in 1995 (11).

- The Packers have converted 9 of 11 red-zone opportunities in the last two games, an 81.8 conversion percentage that ranks No. 3 in the NFL over that span.

- The Packers have scored 63 second-half points in their last three games, No. 2 in the NFL over that span behind only Philadelphia (85).

- Green Bay has posted 10 takeaways in its last four games, which is tied for No. 4 in the NFL over that span. The Packers have recorded two-plus takeaways in four consecutive games.

- Green Bay’s defense has recorded 15 sacks over the last five games, which is tied for No. 4 in the NFL over that span.

- In his last five regular-season games against Chicago, QB Aaron Rodgers has completed 95 of 137 passes (69.3 percent) for 1,117 yards and 12 TDs with two INTs for a 117.0 passer rating.

- Rodgers has a career rating of 110.7 against NFC North foes, which ranks No. 1 in NFL history by a quarterback against divisional opponents. He has completed 680 of 975 passes (69.7 percent) for 8,197 yards and 64 TDs with 15 INTs in his career against the NFC North.

- RB Eddie Lacy has rushed for 1,061 yards over the last 11 games, which ranks No. 1 in the league over that span. Lacy is tied with John Brockington (four in 1971) for the most 100-yard rushing games by a Green Bay rookie.

- Lacy has rushed for nine TDs since Week 7, which ranks No. 1 in the league over that span.

- WR Jordy Nelson needs 47 receiving yards for his second career 1,200-yard receiving season (1,263 in 2011). He would join Sterling Sharpe, Antonio Freeman, James Lofton, Greg Jennings and Donald Driver as the only players in team history to post two or more 1,200-yard receiving seasons.

- Nelson is tied for No. 1 in the NFL this season with 16 catches of 25-plus yards. That is also tied for the top mark by a Packer since 1994 (Nelson, 16 in 2011; Greg Jennings, 16 in 2010).

- WR James Jones needs 9 receiving yards to top his career high of 784 yards set in 2012.

- DE/LB Mike Neal has posted a sack in four of the last six games. He has registered a career-high 5.0 sacks on the season.

- K Mason Crosby has made at least one field goal in 14 consecutive games, which is tied for the second-longest streak (Ryan Longwell, 14 in 1997-98) in franchise history behind only Longwell’s streak of 15 games in 2004-05.

- Crosby has made a career-high five FGs this season from 50-plus yards, the second most in a season in franchise history behind only Chris Jacke’s six 50-yarders in 1993.

- Crosby needs six points to hit the 900-point mark for his career. If he does so today, in his 112th career game, he would be the third fastest to 900 career points in NFL history behind only Gino Cappelletti (106) and Stephen Gostkowski (108).

- With 296 punt return yards on the season, CB Micah Hyde needs 11 more to set the franchise record for the most punt return yards by a rookie in a season (Veryl Switzer, 306 in 1954).

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Packers-Bears press box notes

Posted by packers.com on December 29, 2013 – 12:25 pm


- The Packers (7-7-1) will take on the Chicago Bears (8-7) today at Soldier Field in the regular-season finale, the second time in the last four seasons (2010) that the NFC North rivals have squared off in the final game of the season.

- The Packers are currently second in the division behind Chicago, but can clinch their third straight NFC North title and their fifth straight playoff berth with a win over the Bears. Green Bay will be looking to win three consecutive division championships for the first time since 2002-04.

- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this will be the first time that two teams from the NFC North/Central Division have met in the season finale with the winner capturing the division title since Green Bay played at Detroit in 1993. The Lions won the NFC Central title with a 30-20 victory, but both teams made the playoffs that season.

- In the 11 seasons of the NFC North (2002-12), the Packers (six) and Bears (three) have accounted for nine division titles.

- This marks the second straight year that the Packers have closed out their season away from Lambeau Field (at Minnesota in 2012). It is the first time Green Bay has gone on the road for its season finale in back-to-back years since 2001-02 (at N.Y. Giants, at N.Y. Jets).

- This will be just the eighth time in the last 80 seasons that Green Bay and Chicago have met in the regular-season finale. The 2010 meeting was the first time that the teams played at Lambeau Field in a season finale. The Packers last played in Week 17 at Soldier Field in 2006, Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s first season at the helm.

- The Packers have won nine of their last 10 season finales and 17 of their last 19 dating back to 1994. Green Bay’s loss at Minnesota last season in Week 17 snapped a nine-game winning streak in season finales.

- Green Bay has won six of its last seven season finales against NFC North foes. The Packers have won four straight season finales vs. Chicago.

- Today’s game will mark the sixth time in eight seasons under McCarthy that the Packers have played at Soldier Field in December (2006-09, 12).

- Including playoffs, the Packers have won three straight games at Soldier Field and four of the last five at the stadium. Green Bay has held Chicago to 20 points or less in six consecutive games at Soldier Field.

- Today will mark game No. 188 in the NFL’s oldest rivalry. The Bears hold a 93-88-6 edge in the series, which includes two playoff games (1-1).

- The Packers have won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Bears (including playoffs). Chicago’s 27-20 win over the Packers earlier this season at Lambeau Field in Week 9 snapped Green Bay’s six-game winning streak against the Bears, the Packers’ longest since a seven-game streak vs. Chicago from 2000-03.

- Eight of the last 11 contests between the Packers and Bears (including postseason) have been decided by eight points or less.

- Green Bay enters today’s game with a 2-2-1 record in NFC North contests this season. The Packers have finished with a winning record in the division in every season under McCarthy (2006-12), one of two teams in the league (New England) to accomplish that feat over that span.

- Since 2009, the Packers have a 17-6 (.739) overall regular-season record in December/January, which ranks No. 3 in the NFL behind only New England (20-4, .833) and San Diego (18-6, .750).

- Today’s officiating crew includes referee Clete Blakeman (34), umpire Garth DeFelice (53), head linesman Tony Veteri (36), line judge Ron Marinucci (107), field judge Dave Meslow (118), side judge Greg Meyer (78) and back judge Terrence Miles (111).

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Dietrich-Smith, Burnett and Hyde are captains vs. Bears

Posted by packers.com on December 29, 2013 – 11:25 am


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be C/G Evan Dietrich-Smith (offense), S Morgan Burnett (defense) and CB Micah Hyde (special teams).

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