Packers vs. Bears: Live Grades and Analysis for Green Bay

Giancarlo Ferrari-KingFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 29: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the second quarter during a game at Soldier Field on December 29, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers are headed to the playoffs after beating the Chicago Bears in spectacular fashion.

Final Score

Green Bay: 33

Chicago: 28

Green Bay Packers' Grades
Position Unit1st-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseC+A-
Run OffenseCB+
Run DefenseC-D
Pass DefenseAC
Special TeamsCD
vs. Bears Week 17

Final Analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: Give Aaron Rodgers all the credit in the world. After missing an extended period of time due to a collarbone injury, Rodgers came back and led the Packers to a division title. Highlighted by a spectacular 48-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to wide receiver Randall Cobb, the Packers' leader let everyone know that he’s back.

Run Offense: Whether it was Eddie Lacy or James Starks, the Packers did a fantastic job of running the football in Week 17. Rushing for 160 yards and a touchdown, Green Bay's running back duo went out there and executed against a horrendous Bears run defense.

Pass Defense: Despite coming down with a late interception to seal the game, it wasn’t a great overall performance from Green Bay’s pass defense. Giving up 226 yards and two touchdowns to Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, Green Bay’s secondary had issues slowing down Chicago’s big wide receivers.

Run Defense: Stopping Bears running back Matt Forte proved to be one task Green Bay’s run defense just wasn’t up for. Running for 110 yards and a touchdown on the ground, Forte was able to do pretty much whatever he wanted when the football was placed in his hands.

Special Teams: A terrible season on special teams continued against the Bears in Week 17. After Green Bay gave up a 49-yard punt return to Bears return man Devin Hester in the second half, Chicago's offense was able to take advantage of the great field position and score a touchdown.

Coaching: For all of the struggles Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers had figuring out how to stop the Bears offense, it was Packers head coach Mike McCarthy who stole the show. Although he didn’t go for a critical two-point conversion in the second half that would have tied the game, McCarthy’s great play-calling in key situations helped propel this Green Bay team back into the playoffs.

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 29: Wide receiver Randall Cobb #18 celebrates a third quarter touchdown with quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers against the Chicago Bears during a game at Soldier Field on December 29, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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First-Half Analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: Throwing for 145 yards and two interceptions in the first half, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has had an interesting start to this game. While he has looked sharp guiding this offense down the field, two critical mistakes early on cost the Packers a chance to really open this game up.

Run Offense: Averaging 3.9 yards per carry as a team in the first half, the Packers run offense hasn’t been able to take advantage of a poor Chicago run defense. Splitting the work between running backs Eddie Lacy and James Starks, Green Bay must continue to run the football if it wants to leave Soldier Field with a win.

Pass Defense: Holding Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to just 69 yards and one touchdown in the first half, Green Bay’s pass defense has played exceptionally well. Facing a lethal wide receiver duo in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, the Packers were able to cause a big turnover which resulted in three points.

Run Defense: Surrendering 5.7 yards per carry, Green Bay's run defense had major issues slowing down Chicago’s ground game. Luckily for them, the Bears ran the football just nine times in the first half.

Special Teams: Once again, it’s been a slow start for the Packers special teams unit. All season long, the lack of explosive plays in the return game has really hurt this Packers team.

Coaching: With Rodgers back in the mix, head coach Mike McCarthy re-installed Green Bay's up-tempo attack in the first half. Despite their mistakes, McCarthy’s offense has been able to move the football downfield with relative ease.