The Green Bay Packers are in the playoffs, and they’ve got a date with the Eagles in Philadelphia next weekend.
The Packers’ 10-3 win over the Bears today clinches the No. 6 playoff seed for Green Bay. It also knocks the Giants and Buccaneers out of the playoff race.
It wasn’t easy for Green Bay: The Bears, despite already having the No. 2 seed locked up before kickoff, decided to play their starters for the whole game, and the Chicago defense frustrated the Green Bay offense all day.
But the Packers’ defense was even harder on the Bears’ offense. The Packers were all over Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler, who finished the day completing 21 of 39 passes for 168 yards, with no touchdowns, two interceptions and a 43.5 passer rating. The Packers also sacked Cutler six times, and it was surprising that Bears coach Lovie Smith left his quarterback in the game as he took a brutal beating.
Ultimately, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made the big plays when he needed to, hitting Greg Jennings on a beautiful 46-yard pass in the fourth quarter and then hitting Donald Lee in the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown on the next play.
So now the Packers live to play another week, against Michael Vick and Co. And the Bears lick their wounds and prepare for a home playoff game in two weeks.