Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
The Green Bay Packers have defeated the Chicago Bears 21-13 and are the 2012 NFC North champions.
The Bears got off to a quick start, but the Packers stormed right back and controlled the game the rest of the way. Despite that, the Packers almost gave the game away thanks to an inexplicable trick play on special teams despite being up 11 points.
After that, the Bears have had multiple chances to get at least in position for the game tying score, but three offensive pass interference penalties on Alshon Jeffrey proved fatal to the Bears offense.
The Packers appeared to be well on their way to a blowout as they took the second half kickoff and drove the ball right down the field as Aaron Rodgers hits James Jones for the third touchdown between the two today. A fumble by Ryan Grant in the third quarter followed by the botched special teams play have given the Bears new life.
The Packers drove right back down the field an Rodgers hit Jones on a 29-yard touchdown to tie the game.
After a Cutler interception that gave the Packers a short field late in the second quarter, Rodgers again hit Jones for a 10-yard touchdown for the go-ahead score.
The Packers never trailed again and have won the NFC North.
Both running games have had some success early, but the ball is now being moved through the air by both teams.
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Rodgers finished the game 23 of 36 for 291 yards and three touchdowns. All three TDs were thrown to James Jones.
Cutler was 12 of 21 for 135 yards and one touchdown plus one interception,
The Packers actually outgained the Bears on the ground 113-83. Alex Green ran hard again and the Packers rushing attack seems to continue to gain steam.
Clay Matthews made his heralded return and made a significant impact with two sacks as well as five tackles.
The Packers are headed back to the playoffs but the Bears are anything but guaranteed a spot now at 8-6.
This all but sums up the game for the Bears
That'll do it. The Packers have now won 12 straight against the NFC North and have won the division for the second year in a row.
Cutler gets sacked by a two man rush. The game for the Bears offense in a nutshell.
Troy Aikman just said that this is where the quarterback has to stand up. Does anyone in Chicago or really anywhere else really think Cutler is up to it?
Packers cannot convert and the Bears will have to drive the length of the field in less than a minute with no time outs.
If the Packers hang on, McCarthy owes Alshon Jeffrey a game ball.
Shields breaks up the pass to Jeffrey on fourth down.
There was contact there and no penalty was called.
Fourth down coming up for the Bears. This could be it if the Bears do no convert
Jeffrey gets another penalty! This one could be the dagger for the Bears.
Matthews gets his hands on the ball. I'll repeat: the Packers are a much different defense with him in the game.
Packers can't convert and the Bears get the ball back. Game not over.
Packers have outgained the Bears 375-149 but here we are with a one score game. Too many self inflicted wounds for the Packers.
Peppers drills Rodgers late and hurts himself in the process. Questionable penalty but the loss of Peppers would huge.
Packers need to convert this third down.
Bears 0-8 on 3rd down. The Achilles heel for them today
Thankfully for the Packers, the Bears only get a field goal but it's a one possession game now.
I'm totally Flummoxed by that call.
McCarthy won't hear the end of that if the Bears come back.
Some completely unnecessary trickery by Shawn Slocum and Mike McCarthy there and the Bears recover a botched catch and the Bears are knocking at the door again.
Clay Matthews drills Cutler for a sack.
How much pent up energy do you think Matthews has after missing four games? He's been all over the field today
Rodgers shaken up. Not looking to be serious.
Crosby doinks it and is 0-2 on the day. Might be the sound of the nail in his coffin as a Packer.
Packers facing a fourth and one. The struggling Crosby comes in.
Packers TE Tom Crabtree is questionable with a hamstring injury
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