Win over Bears earns playoff berth
GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers are in the playoffs thanks to their 10-3 victory over the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
As might be expected in a season that began with Super Bowl expectations but nearly was derailed by injuries and inconsistency, it wasn’t easy.
“I’m very proud of our football team, just what we’ve accomplished,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “Nothing’s come easy for us, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Aaron Rodgers’ 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Donald Lee gave the Packers the lead in the fourth quarter, and their defense did the rest. Nick Collins’ interception of Jay Cutler stopped the Bears on a late drive.
The Packers (10-6) will play at Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon.
“Tonight was a struggle, but it’s nice to keep that momentum going,” Rodgers said. “We’ve won two in a row and now we’ve got to go (on the road). And we can’t have the kind of inconsistent performances we’ve had this year that have forced us to be the No. 6 seed.”
Needing a win to get into the postseason, the Packers trailed 3-0 at halftime and were tied going into the fourth quarter with the Bears (11-5) – a team that didn’t have anything to play for in terms of playoff seeding but still played its starters, just as Bears coach Lovie Smith promised he would all week.
“Knowing that we had the bye week we weren’t playing for a lot,” Smith said. “We just wanted to keep momentum going. “
Now that the Packers are in, Donald Driver believes they can be a dangerous playoff foe.
“Those guys told us during the game they didn’t want us in,” Driver said. “That tells you how much people are scared of us. They didn’t want to see us, and now they’ve got to see us.”
Packers 10, Bears 3
Chi—FG Gould 30
GB—FG Crosby 23
GB—D.Lee 1 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick)
|Total Net Yards||227||284|
|Time of Poss.||30:40||29:20|
RUSHING—Chicago, Forte 15-91, Taylor 3-11, Cutler 2-8. Green Bay, Rodgers 7-21, Starks 5-20, Jackson 7-19, Kuhn 4-0.
PASSING—Chicago, Cutler 21-39-2-168. Green Bay, Rodgers 19-28-1-229.
RECEIVING—Chicago, Forte 8-60, R.Davis 7-63, Olsen 5-29, Hester 1-16. Green Bay, Driver 5-41, Jennings 4-97, Nelson 2-39, Jackson 2-16, Starks 2-15, J.Jones 1-8, Kuhn 1-7, Quarless 1-5, D.Lee 1-1.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
A brave girl jumps from the rocks on the west side of Tubbs Hill as her two friends watch. (Don Sausser/Facebook photo)
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