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Packers clinch NFC North title in blowout over Bears

12/16/12 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Green Bay Packers won their second straight divisional title on Sunday after silencing the trash-talking Chicago Bears with a 21-13 victory at Soldier Field. To add to their humiliation, the Chicago Bears were booed off the field at the end of the fourth quarter as they fell dangerously close to missing the playoffs on a three-game slide, despite starting the season at 7-1.
 
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 23 of 36 passes for 291 yards and connected on all three touchdowns with Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones, while linebacker Clays Matthews pounded Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler with two sacks. The Green Bay Packers shut down the Chicago Bears offense to just 190 yards on route to their sixth consecutive win over the past meetings with the Bears.
 
Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall had a 15-yard touchdown catch in the game. But Jay Cutler had another disappointing outing after he was picked for the sixth time this season while another interception resulted in the Green Bay Packers’ second touchdown of the day. The Chicago Bears offense was a mess as receiver Alshon Jeffery was called for his third pass interference late in the second half.
 
Only earlier this week, Chicago Bears’ Brandon Marshall and Lance Briggs had ripped off their divisional rivals, with Marshall stating that he he’d never come across a team more disagreeable to him than the Green Bay Packers. It was payback on Sunday as the Green Bay Packer limited the NFL receptions leader Brandon Marshall to just two catches for 24 yards. But Brandon Marshall fought back hard, including a moment when he side stepped a tackle and stiff-armed Casey Hayward to make it all the way to the end zone for a touchdown that set the Chicago Bears at a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.
 
However, in the next three minutes, the Green Bay Packers crushed all hope with a touchdown, followed by interception and another ensuing touchdown. The game slipped out of the Chicago Bears hands after Aaron Rodger at the third-and-6 spotted Randall Cobb towards the right sideline, who turned it in for a 31-yad game at the Bears’ 35 yard line. Three plays down, Aaron Rodgers found James Jones, for a 29-yard touchdown pass that tied the score at 7 points.
 
After Casey Hayward’s 24 yard return for touchdown, Aaron Rodgers again targeted James Jones for an 8 yard touchdown pass to bring the score up to 14-7 by halftime.
 
Aaron Rodgers’ also threw an incomplete pass to Jermichael Finley for the second half in another third-and long situation – but Rodgers found a second opportunity to set the record straight when Chris Conte was called for pass interference. Aaron Rodgers again hooked-up James Jones for a 6 yard touchdown pass.

James Jones had a single-game career-high three touchdowns in the game, recording his fourth game with multiple touchdowns.
 
The Chicago Bears had an opportunity to fight back into the game when Charles Tillman forced a fumble by Ryan Grant and Nick Roach recovered it. The Chicago Bears has another chance when Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett passed down to Alshon Jeffery ahead of the end zone. Due to the pass interference, the Chicago Bears’ got the ball at Green Bay Packers’ 1 yard line.

However, the Chicago Bears could only capitalize on a 34-yard field goal by Olindo Mare from it after Alshon Jeffery was called for pass interference, first of a series of calls Sunday.
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