Green Bay Packers Secure NFL's Best Record, Eliminate Chicago Bears

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Green Bay Packers Secure NFL's Best Record, Eliminate Chicago Bears
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Green Bay Packers fans had many reasons to feel festive at the game Christmas night

On Christmas night, the Green Bay Packers reached an unprecedented fourth win over the rival Chicago Bears in one calendar year. But that was not the only gift the team gave to its fans.

The win gave the team a franchise record 14 wins in a season. When a team older than the league it plays in sets a franchise record, it is noteworthy. When that team has more championships than any other and has the championship trophy named after one of its coaches, it is remarkable.

And not to sound more like a late-night infomercial, "But wait, there's more!"

The Packers secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Bears were eliminated from postseason contention. Aaron Rodgers set the franchise record in passing yards in a season, reaching 4643.

But what sets the Packers apart is not the passing game—six other quarterbacks have over 4000 yards passing this season. The Packers win because no team executes the game's fundamentals better.

For as often as Chris Collinsworth and Al Michaels wondered how the Packers could have only one loss when the defense gave up more yards than the offense gained, the answer was right in front of them: Green Bay forced two turnovers while committing none nor even taking a penalty.

The Packers commit the fewest penalties per game for the second fewest yards. Only three teams force the opposition into more penalties, and the 22- penalty yard margin is the biggest in the league.

Meanwhile, only the San Francisco 49ers (plus-26) have a better turnover differential than the Packers' plus-22. To put their accomplishments in perspective, no other team is better than plus-14 (New England) and only one more is better than plus-7 (Detroit).

Moreover, the game exemplified another Green Bay advantage: Enough depth that if one unit fails, another is there to pick up the slack. Here are the units that succeeded and failed Sunday...

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