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Packers clinch NFC North with win in Chicago

Green Bay Packers' Randall Cobb is hit by Chicago Bears' Major Wright after making a catch during the first half of their NFL football game at Soldier Field in Chicago Reuters

The Packers are the champions of the NFC North. And the Bears are in danger of missing the playoffs.

Green Bay went to Chicago on Sunday and gutted out a hard-fought 21-13 win, clinching their division in the process. And the Bears, who were as hot as any team in the NFL over the first half of the season, have now lost five of their last six games and are in real jeopardy of being done by New Year’s Day.

Bears fans will complain, and rightly so, about the way pass interference was called in this game: Alshon Jeffery had two very costly offensive pass interference calls, one negating a touchdown catch and one negating a long gain on third down, and then Packers cornerback Sam Shields wasn’t called for interfering with Jeffery on a crucial fourth down. The Packers also benefitted greatly from a questionable pass interference call on Bears safety Chris Conte, which set up a Green Bay touchdown.

For the Packers, the biggest concern is special teams, which were horrible for Green Bay: The Packers attempted a ludicrous trick play on a punt return, having Randall Cobb catch the punt and then throw it across the field to Jeremy Ross, who flubbed Cobb’s lateral, losing a fumble that set the Bears up in great field position. And Mason Crosby went 0-for-2 on field goals, raising the question of whether Crosby will be unemployed next week.

But special teams aside, the Packers have a lot to celebrate. With two weeks to go in the season, they know they’ll be playing at least one playoff game at Lambeau Field in January.

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109 Responses to “Packers clinch NFC North with win in Chicago”
  1. iowahbr says: Dec 16, 2012 4:04 PM

    Rogers got it done. Look for the postgame Lovie interview to indicate that Illinois has legalized medical marijuana. The only amazing thing about this game was the Vegas spread was only a minus 3 for Green Bay.

  2. bla bla bla says: Dec 16, 2012 4:04 PM

    All is right with the world.

  3. soytureyna says: Dec 16, 2012 4:04 PM

    I feel a LITTLE vindicated for the Fail Mary in Seattle. A LITTLE. The Bears probably wouldn’t have gotten 8 points if they HAD called interference on Shields (and I do believe they should have) but I am not complaining.

  4. teal379 says: Dec 16, 2012 4:06 PM

    Conte’s PI was far from questionable. He was holding the left hand of the WR like they were on a stroll thru a garden.

  5. eightandeightlions says: Dec 16, 2012 4:06 PM

    Packers win nothing, they should have lost that game as bad add they played, the Bears beat then on the field. This was the most blatantly influenced games I have seen in any sport.

  6. natelifer says: Dec 16, 2012 4:06 PM

    Good win. I am sure the Bears fans will wine like Aikman about the penatlies. Most were pretty blatant. And your team got out played on all levels.

  7. coachryanmurray says: Dec 16, 2012 4:07 PM

    While Chicago did not do enough to win, the officiating was horribly lopsided in the favor of Green Bay.

  8. tutamus says: Dec 16, 2012 4:08 PM

    Queue all the haters that said the Packer season was over and their window has closed.

    Oh wait.. They have nothing they can say now.

  9. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 16, 2012 4:09 PM

    Fire Love Smith! and the rest of his coaching staff and draft a franchise QB.

  10. purpblooded says: Dec 16, 2012 4:09 PM

    I hate it when the Refs give the game to the Packers. Hey Florio, what are the odds that organized gambling is paying the Refs?

  11. packersfn7 says: Dec 16, 2012 4:10 PM

    Cutler giving up in the last seconds of the game…it’s a Bears tradition!

  12. acmepackers says: Dec 16, 2012 4:10 PM

    Bad officiating… but not as bad as that putrid Bears’ offense. Geesh. Cutler looked like Ponder today. Bears aren’t even a wild card team.

  13. tecmosuperhawk says: Dec 16, 2012 4:10 PM

    All Jeffery does is push off. All the PI calls on him were legit. He should have been called for one more obvious PI (or face mask actually). Shields got away with one on the last play, but that’s really about it.

  14. gnarlswoodson says: Dec 16, 2012 4:10 PM

    I am tired of everyone making excuses for Jay Cutler. The guy looks like he just doesnt care out there, never in my life have I seen so many different people, analysts, fans etc make excuses for a player who has NEVER DONE ANYTHING. Whats that excuse about him getting sacked and that being the reason. He must be the most sacked QB in the NFL, ohh wait NO hes not Aaron Rodgers is. Hmm interesting. Actually on second thought maybe sacks are the problem, Cutler lacks one.

    BTW, anyone see Clay Matthews do the Val Venis out there? Classic.

  15. dino2997 says: Dec 16, 2012 4:10 PM

    The referees just earned themselves a huge holiday bonus from the Packers organization. I can just imagine the smiles on their faces!

  16. calloustongue says: Dec 16, 2012 4:11 PM

    Don’t whine about the refs. The Bears got outplayed. Sam Shields almost gets his facemask ripped off, then gets called for illegal contact? Bad calls on both sides. Bear fans have nothing to complain about, but I’m sure they will whine about the refs anyway. Boo-hoo.

  17. techvet says: Dec 16, 2012 4:11 PM

    The PI call on Conti was absolutely correct. I cannot comment on the other calls as I largely didn’t all of the game. The Bears get it first and ten on the Packers 16 and officially gained zero yards? You don’t deserve to win.

  18. 91devinhester23 says: Dec 16, 2012 4:12 PM

    you forgot the horrible roughing the passer calls

    all in the packers favor

    packers trolls will be all over here saying cutler sucks.. he does. Played like trash. Blamed receivers for his mistakes. Nice stat pad dump downs to forte to end the game. Grabbing at your neck all game? Yeah thats a choking feeling youre getting there. Lovie still has his “relax bro only preseason” face on.

    back to my case of beer i go

  19. jhein23 says: Dec 16, 2012 4:12 PM

    The Packers kept this game close more than the officials. They made so many stupid plays – Grants fumble, the horrible special teams call, Mason Crosby. Even if all the calls went the Bears way if the Packers hadn’t made the stupid plays as well its a 10 pt Packer win.

    ps- Cutler looked awful today

  20. greenmamba12 says: Dec 16, 2012 4:12 PM

    Don’t b*tch about the calls… remember we got screwed by that fail mary play

  21. natelifer says: Dec 16, 2012 4:13 PM

    eightandeightlions says:Dec 16, 2012 4:06 PM

    Packers win nothing, they should have lost that game as bad add they played, the Bears beat then on the field. This was the most blatantly influenced games I have seen in any sport.

    Do you know anything about football???

  22. pudgalvin says: Dec 16, 2012 4:13 PM

    3 pass int. Calls not 2. those calls cost the bears roughly 70 yards. And I’m not counting the correct one in the end zone. The other two were absolutely atrocious if you’re not going to call them both ways.

  23. PackersHome.com says: Dec 16, 2012 4:14 PM

    The last PI on #17 was sissy. However, how can you mention THAT but fail to mention #17 throwing Sam Shields to the ground with his own FACEMASK? That should have ended the drive and would have negated 7 points.

    Let’s forget about that and whine in favor of the Bears.

    SCREW THE BEARS!

    2012 NFC North Division Champions …
    GREEN BAY PACKERS!

    (lets hope thats not the last thing they win this year lol)

  24. scoops1 says: Dec 16, 2012 4:14 PM

    They are who We Thought They Were

  25. louisvillebear says: Dec 16, 2012 4:14 PM

    The Packers kept the Bears in the game by bad decisions, so don’t get me wrong I don’t think the Bears deserved to win. But the officiating screwed the Bears. The officials beat the Bears as bad as Tice did.

  26. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 16, 2012 4:14 PM

    Wow.

    Lots of hate for the packers.

    The refs were bad for both sides.

    Give it a rest.

    Packers > NFC North.

    The end.

  27. dezno24 says: Dec 16, 2012 4:15 PM

    Time for a overhaul in chicago. This coaching staff is clueless. Yes there were some bad calls but this offense stinks starting with the Oline and continuing to use Hester at wr. Cutler has to make better throws as well and protect the ball as this team can not comeback to win a game for nothing.

  28. calloustongue says: Dec 16, 2012 4:15 PM

    The refs didn’t cause the Bears to go 0-9 on 3rd down. Put the blame where it belongs. Squarely on the players and coaches shoulders. Bears fans have been accusing the Packers and Rodgers of whining about the refs, but here comes a hypocritical title wave of tears.

  29. ngbradley says: Dec 16, 2012 4:15 PM

    In this case, Will Shields was literally clinging to Alshon Jeffery…

    Not a bears fan, but that was shameful, shameful officiating

  30. axespray says: Dec 16, 2012 4:15 PM

    how many months did we have to hear “Quit Whining Packers!” after the fail mary?

    Now you guys whining about the refs in a game where your offense couldn’t convert a 3rd down?
    lol – keep yapping – that’s all the bears can do, “BARK”

  31. packhawk04 says: Dec 16, 2012 4:17 PM

    8 more first downs, almost double the offensive yardage, more time of possession. Looks like the packers vastly outplayed the bears. Your welcome, chicago, from crosby for having ANY chance in this game.

  32. mattyb8529 says: Dec 16, 2012 4:17 PM

    There were questionable calls throughout this game. The calls were not all I’m favor of the Packers. Maybe Jeffery should beat the coverage without Interfering with Defenders. The Packers have had just as many calls go against them this year. So everyone needs to stop complaining about the refs helping out the Packers. We out played the Bears & that’s why we’re the NFC Champs. In your Face Chicago

  33. skittlesareyum says: Dec 16, 2012 4:17 PM

    Maybe the Shields play at the end could have been called, but if you want to play that game don’t forget the holding call on Shields when he got facemasked by Jefferys just before the TD play. The calls on Jeffreys were all legit, he pushed off hard every time.

    Instead, if I was a Bears fan I’d focus on no TDs on the goal line in four tries, or no TD after a turnover on the 20.

  34. axespray says: Dec 16, 2012 4:17 PM

    purpblooded says:
    Dec 16, 2012 4:09 PM
    “I hate it when the Refs give the game to the Packers.”
    ———————-
    I hate it when viking fans whine about every little thing – “The packers only won cauze thye had bettur shoez on!” – smh.

  35. drillbit19k says: Dec 16, 2012 4:18 PM

    The only calls that were questionable was the peppers roughing. Sam Shields had his face mask jerked twice by Alshon on the play at the end of the game and once earlier where HE was flagged for holding. No one caught that but me apparently.

    Also bears fans who are crying about the calls had no problem back in 2010 when the packers were flagged EIGHTEEN times.

    Calls or not the packers special teams gaffes and grants fumble are the only reason you were in the game

  36. Wisconsin77 says: Dec 16, 2012 4:20 PM

    After further review, the Bears still suck!

  37. johngaltwho says: Dec 16, 2012 4:20 PM

    Packers did benefit from the calls here but lets be honest – the Bears are a mess. They have an erratic quarterback, one receiver who can catch, a reasonable running back, one pass rusher, and a guy who can punch footballs and a head coach who has failed miserably at his own stated primary objective. Hardly a team that is built to compete with more complete football teams. Packers were off their game, Crosby needs to go, and McCarthy needs an MRI of the brain to see what kind of pathology led to his play calling today.
    OK, go on and on about the refs but we all did see the inconsequential but crazy illegal contact call against the Packers when the defender use his face mask to grab a receiver’s hand.

  38. otis52gsh says: Dec 16, 2012 4:22 PM

    Love my bears, that said we got beat. Say what you want about the no call, fact is we had other opportunities and did not execute. Bad/No calls happen in every game. I’m just glad we still can make the playoffs. Need to win out and hope for the best. Bears fans please don’t come on here whining about calls, that’s what bad teams do. Nobody ever in the history of the NFL got jobbed like the Monday night fiasco in Seattle like the packers did. That was the worst ever eightandeight lion lover. Your jealous of both my Bears and the packers. Don’t talk so foolish. Da Bears!!!

  39. longhairdontcare66 says: Dec 16, 2012 4:24 PM

    Love being an owner of a division champ! Jermike also playing great football the last few weeks.

  40. photoguy13 says: Dec 16, 2012 4:26 PM

    Buck and Aikman hate the Packers as much as many of you haters do. The Packers played according to the competition, but still won.

  41. jhein23 says: Dec 16, 2012 4:27 PM

    How can any Bears fan realistically say they looked like the better team on that field today??? It wasn’t even close – the game should have been more lopsided than it was. Just the QB play alone.

  42. snaponrules says: Dec 16, 2012 4:27 PM

    The best thing that could of happened to the packers was to get shafted by the replacement officials in Seattle. Because the refs have personally handed them 2 or 3 games since then in either a by either the ref or the league to make up for that.
    Blow to the head on Cutler, no call for some reason the ref “didn’t see it”, Any touch to Rodgers is 15 yards.
    GB DB’s are famous for holding but touching them results in a penalty. While holding and PI for them “is not seen”
    Next to the Seattle/ Pitt Superbowl game this looked like one of the most rigged games I have ever seen in football.

    That said. GB is still the BETTER team by far and deserves to go on to the playoffs. The Bears with their horrible offensive line would be better served going for the higher draft pick.
    Even if they make the playoffs with this front line they wouldn’t get far.

  43. acmepacker says: Dec 16, 2012 4:29 PM

    I don’t blame the Bear’s for complaining about the non call on Shields, I agree that was definitely a hold. Packers outplayed the Bears and there were bad calls on both sides. Two facemask penalties by the bears, both of them in front of an official, and neither of them called, and holding by both teams.
    Bears are also going to complain about the Peppers call because Aikman told them it was a bad call, but Peppers launched himself. Both feet left the ground before he touched Rodgers. I’m glad he wasn’t seriously injured though, he is a great player and I wish he were on our team.

  44. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 16, 2012 4:31 PM

    Bear fans suffer the ultimate indignity – another home loss and crowning of your rival as the division champion on Soldier Field.

    Now I’d like to hear from some of the Cutler apologists on why he choked in the clutch again.

  45. drillbit19k says: Dec 16, 2012 4:31 PM

    Finley is playing well because he is putting his résumé together for his next employer

  46. smokesean702 says: Dec 16, 2012 4:32 PM

    I’m a Bears fan for life….but Smith and Tice what the hell are they thinking with the calls on offense….Defense played there butts off and no offense help….

  47. deltaoracle says: Dec 16, 2012 4:32 PM

    Several bad calls against Chicago, in this Packer fan’s opinion. They also got away with several which could have been called. Even if every call had gone their way, they’d still have needed to get the ball in the end zone though. And their offense gave very little indication today that they could do that.
    BTW, bye Mason, I hope you’ve been saving some of your money.

  48. ducksk says: Dec 16, 2012 4:35 PM

    Da bears still suck. Cutler is just awful. Beyond awful.

  49. packersrule12 says: Dec 16, 2012 4:40 PM

    Sooner or later the Bears QB has to make a play. He blames everyone but himself!

  50. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 16, 2012 4:44 PM

    Shocker. The bears lost to the packers and now the packers won a title of some sort. What else is new? The bears always blow it against the packers.

    Pathetic team.

  51. shaggytoodle says: Dec 16, 2012 4:44 PM

    Peppers it Rodgers in the ear hole, you don’t wind up laying face down on the ground for a few moments after a clean shoulder tackle. It was helmet to helmet.

    The Bears WR was an offensive version of Ahmad Carroll out there.

    If they call you out on it you know they will watch for it, who did he think he was, Brandon Marshall?

    They are going to forget about Jefferson(?) getting away with throwing a DB down by his facemask.

    Then complain about a jersey tug.
    Hypocrites.

  52. ososrule says: Dec 16, 2012 4:45 PM

    Cutler’s pick at the end of the 2nd half was the end of the game.

    Once he makes a mistake his focus is gone…..My hats off to the Packers. Much respect for Aaron Rodgers, he truly is one of the best to play the game and has the class to go with it…wish that class would rub off on your fans…

    Still stand by my original statement of promoting a failed o-line and head coach to OC in place of Martz was the underlying weakness for a team with so much talent. The Bears have to have the worst owner/management/coaching in the history of the game.

  53. themagicfanguy says: Dec 16, 2012 4:48 PM

    So where is that Veence guy who was calling the Packers soft earlier? Lmao.

  54. teal379 says: Dec 16, 2012 4:50 PM

    Cobb had more yards this game than Marshall has had in the last 2 combined.

    Keep running your mouth Marhsall. 8 catches for less than 100 yards in 120 minutes of football…

  55. cdubb2012 says: Dec 16, 2012 4:53 PM

    The Shields call where he got facemasked cost the Packers 5 yards, and we didnt get a TD. The PI against Conte gifted the Packers a TD, and the PI against Jeffries in the endzone cost us a TD. So the Packers got a 5 yd hit and a 14 pt gift. How about the call against Peppers? Got to make sure Rodgers is ok to do another Pizza Hut commercial.

  56. jayperry18 says: Dec 16, 2012 4:58 PM

    I have never seen a game so poorly officiated There were at least 7 flags thrown when it didn’t appear to be anything and at least three plays where flags were warranted , but nothing was called. If you wanted to get real picky there were probably about 40 plays where the offiicals screwed up.

  57. pudgalvin says: Dec 16, 2012 4:59 PM

    So far watching the afternoon games I’ve seen 68 offensive pass interference calls missed by the refs. At least what the bears packers ref thinks is offensive pi.

    and this packers fans telling people not to complain about officiating is about as rich as it gets.

  58. gdeli says: Dec 16, 2012 5:05 PM

    packers /falcons nfc championship game? maybe/maybe not. the seahawks and the 49ers may have a word. But I see the seahawks going farther than the 49ers. The colin qb experiment i think will backfire on harbaugh. who’s gonna stay hot? the packers have a chip on their shoulder. The vikes won’t win it all but they could win out. Ponder and the wr’s have to step up if they even can.

  59. keevel says: Dec 16, 2012 5:06 PM

    The refs before each of the past seasons have told teams “if a receiver straightens his arm” pushing away from a defender it will be pass interference. They have also said “if you launch, if we can see the bottoms of both your feet” we will call it an illegal hit.

    Like it or not, that is the game. Coaching needs to be blamed for not hammering that in.

    Sam Shields (no idea who the Will Shields referred to earlier is) held the jersey, but did not impede progress of interfere with a catching hand and got away with one because he did nothing the refs HAVE TO call.

  60. metalhead65 says: Dec 16, 2012 5:07 PM

    I love how packer fans trash Cutler, I would love to see rodgers play 1 game in the bears offense and behind that line and see what his numbers were after the game if he made it thru it. Cutler has do it every week and you wonder why he is not a happy happy joy joy kind of guy.

  61. lionsdraftguy says: Dec 16, 2012 5:09 PM

    So wheres this “Greatest Show on Turf” that you Bears fans thought you had when u got Marshall? I hate the Packers and im sure without even watching the game that their O-line held all game without getting called, but still.

  62. shaggytoodle says: Dec 16, 2012 5:10 PM

    Bears fans are whining a lot , which are the same ones who told GB fans to quit it after the game @ Seattle.

    Its going to be really funny when that game in Sea, costs the Bears the wild card spot.

    It couldn’t happen to a better group of fans.

  63. dkrause71 says: Dec 16, 2012 5:15 PM

    The Shields call where he got facemasked cost the Packers 5 yards, and we didnt get a TD. The PI against Conte gifted the Packers a TD, and the PI against Jeffries in the endzone cost us a TD. So the Packers got a 5 yd hit and a 14 pt gift. How about the call against Peppers? Got to make sure Rodgers is ok to do another Pizza Hut commercial.

    Even Perrira thought it was a penalty on Peppers. So saying it was a gift is a bit silly in my opinion. Conte did pass interfere on Finley, i would argue he interfered twice on the play. Also, Shields should have been called. If you want to call something a gift its the Shields play. Some of you guys act like anything against Chicago was a bad play and anything the Bears got away with was just payback.

  64. ruvelligwebuike says: Dec 16, 2012 5:16 PM

    “All of the good things happen to the winners and all of the bad things happen to me.”

    -Everyone from Illinois or Minnesota who has ever lived.

  65. thepvyharvin says: Dec 16, 2012 5:22 PM

    Packers,,,the team that contributed the most yards in AD’s assault on the single season rushing record. Can’t wait for 2 weeks!!! Thanks for sucking on DEFENSE!!

  66. eightandeightlions says: Dec 16, 2012 5:27 PM

    Packers showed today that they cannot win without help. Between the Patriots and the Packers the NFL does a remarkable job of scheduling ” friendly” referees to ” help” massage the game.

  67. beerbratscheese says: Dec 16, 2012 5:28 PM

    Why do Bears fans think that roughing the passer call was incorrect? There was helmet to helmet contact. In this NFL, that will called every time, no matter who is playing QB.

  68. pudgalvin says: Dec 16, 2012 5:29 PM

    ruvelligwebuike: only in Wisconsin and Alabama does a football game determine your lot in life. I’d rather lose a football game than be doomed to live in Wisconsin the rest of my life.

  69. FinFan68 says: Dec 16, 2012 5:33 PM

    The officials are bad throughout the league. Just as bad as the replacements and in many cases, worse. After watching the Dolphins/Jaguars game, it appears that any pass that is incomplete is probably going to result in a defensive penalty…usually very late. They weren’t biased towards one team in that game but I have seen several games where one team appeared to get shafted over and over…we ALL have seen it. It makes the game look bad and in some cases fixed. The integrity of the game does not seem to be an issue unless it is non-union refs screwing up the calls.

  70. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 16, 2012 5:40 PM

    What do you call a bears fan complaining about the refs?

    Normal.

  71. grandsonofcoach says: Dec 16, 2012 5:41 PM

    Any commentary on PI in this game that doesn’t call out the blatant offensive pass interference that wasn’t called when Jeffries pulled Shields to the ground by his facemask (and Shields was flagged for a penalty) is a one sided argument.

  72. brandon54235 says: Dec 16, 2012 5:42 PM

    To All Bears Fans Complaining About Refs…….Technically the Packers won the division last week if you want to use the referees as an argument due to their lost earlier in the season to the Seahawks!

  73. 7ransponder says: Dec 16, 2012 5:48 PM

    Grats to the Pack. I would like to point out one thing though – there’s people whining about the refs in pretty much *every* postgame Packer thread. It can’t ALL be the result of “that’s just the way it goes in the NFL”, you’d be blind if you didn’t think some teams get more favorable calls over the course of time

  74. ruvelligwebuike says: Dec 16, 2012 5:49 PM

    “only in Wisconsin and Alabama does a football game determine your lot in life. I’d rather lose a football game than be doomed to live in Wisconsin the rest of my life.”
    ———————-

    I can’t even imagine what Illinois must be like then, since your entire state flocks to Wisconsin every weekend.

    Trust me, it’s not hard to be doomed to a life of fun. And also not failing at absolutely everything. When are Jordan and Ditka coming back??

  75. Bearfan54 says: Dec 16, 2012 5:49 PM

    Lovie is a good coach, he is loyal to his players, they play hard for him but he isn’t that smart. Not saying he is dumb just not smart enough to take this team to the next level. The play calling is bad. When you see the play calling from the Packers and compare it to the Bears it just doesn’t compare. Half time adjustments are gone,Hester for the love of God is not a receiver. So I say gooodbye to Lovie next year. We need another coach after a house cleaning.. Maybe Cowher or some tough coach with an ability to manage time outs and has some offensive creativity.

  76. larryboodry says: Dec 16, 2012 5:59 PM

    Observations from a disgusted Bears fan:

    1.) Did the refs blow some calls that hurt the Bears? Sure, but they blew calls on both sides, and bad officiating did NOT cost the Bears this game…We were outplayed, pure and simple.

    2.) Jay Cutler did not ‘blame everyone but himself,’ he took full responsibility for the offense’s lousy play…And Brandon Marshall said everyone on the offense needs to be accountable…I have no argument with either comment.

    3.) Even if they win out to finish 10-6, the Bears may not make the playoffs, nor do I think they deserve to in any case.

    4.) Lovie Smith has no passion, no fire, and no clue…He needs to be gone.

    5.) That said, just say no to Josh McDaniels.

    6.) I am glad for GB’s sake that the Fail Mary call vs. Seattle didn’t affect their playoff position…Nor do I buy the argument that somehow that play hurt the Bears’ playoff chances…Our own failure to beat Seattle at home, and the subsequent loss at MN, is what will ultimately doom this season.

    7.) There is no excuse – none – for a team to start out 7-1, and end up no better than 10-6, with 8-8 a distinct possibility…This is on the coaching staff.

    8.) Congrats to GB on winning the NFC North…They earned it.

    And one final, non-football comment…My prayers go out to the victims of the shooting in CT…I cannot imagine the heartbreak those families are going through.

  77. shlort says: Dec 16, 2012 6:08 PM

    This site has become a Sunday “My team woulda won if not for bad calls” and ” Green Bay gets all the breaks (because I dont like them and dont judge the way the officials call the game for the other team)” commentary section.

    Here is the deal. It is what it is. Sometimes you get the call, sometimes you dont. Ashton Jeffery got called because he committed OPI penalties. It doesnt matter if that goes uncalled 50% of the time. It depends on how blatant the player is with the contact. Good recievers get away with it because they know how to do it and not get caught. Peppers was called for roughing and it was legit. He launched, which will get flagged every time it is seen, regardless if Troy “I hate the Packers” Aikman thinks it is a bad call or not.

    It isnt that the Officials are making more bad calls than usual, it is just that the TV is replaying every play they think is questionable 5 times for the viewer. The viewer is more tuned in to the officiting because the game announcers are making such a big deal out of it. All-in-all, the game is called the same now as it has always been.

  78. themagicfanguy says: Dec 16, 2012 6:13 PM

    “I love how packer fans trash Cutler, I would love to see rodgers play 1 game in the bears offense and behind that line and see what his numbers were after the game if he made it thru it. Cutler has do it every week and you wonder why he is not a happy happy joy joy kind of guy.”

    Um you know Rodgers leads the league in getting sacked right? He HAS a worse Oline than Cutler. Just look at it!

  79. shlort says: Dec 16, 2012 6:27 PM

    Alshon Jeffery, but whatever.. He did it 3 times and got caught.

  80. iffybiz says: Dec 16, 2012 6:29 PM

    While the Packers are the better team and deserved to win, this was a poorly called game.
    Conte’s pass interference? He was holding his hand which was located where? His hand was in Conte’s chest while using an extended arm to push off. Either the WR can use a extended arm to hold off a defender or he can’t. To call it one way in one case and not in another is terrible.

  81. cheezhead5 says: Dec 16, 2012 6:35 PM

    Bears fans are such sissys!!! Can’t win if your QB gives up when he gets roughed up alittle! oh yea that bear down thing you idiots say sounds so stupid!!!GO PACK GO! Division champs again !!

  82. packfan1996 says: Dec 16, 2012 6:52 PM

    All you loser Bear fans – Stop your whining!!! Bunch of babies!! Fact is, the Bears need a QB, Cutler sucks, they need a OC, Tice is terrible!! Lovie Smith is a great coach but he needs to make changes. It’s easy to blame the game on the refs, but plain and simple, the Bears played terrible and did not deserve to win! There are bad calls every game and it all equals out in the end. To say that this team or that team gets all the calls is just an excuse and you know it. I can look at every game and see calls that were made or not made for both teams. Bottom line – Score more points!!! The Bears get the ball after a turnover and gained 1/2 yard! They did not deserve to win!

  83. cjacque7219 says: Dec 16, 2012 6:56 PM

    I agree that the officiating wasn’t great, but I think the bad calls went both ways. Shields got away with one (I don’t really think it affected the receiver’s ability to catch the pass; it hit him in the chest and he still could have had it; but still, it could have been called). However, Shields was facemasked and that went uncalled as well.

    Packers didn’t look great, but they outplayed the Bears. Lots to work on now though – namely getting rid of Crosby and NEVER running that atrocious special teams play ever again…

  84. larryboodry says: Dec 16, 2012 7:10 PM

    cheezhead5 says: Dec 16, 2012 6:35 PM

    “Bears fans are such sissys!!! Can’t win if your QB gives up when he gets roughed up alittle! oh yea that bear down thing you idiots say sounds so stupid!!!GO PACK GO! Division champs again !!”

    Easy for you to talk sitting behind a keyboard, and your mommy upstairs to protect you…And anyone who wears foam cheese on their head should not call another team’s method of cheering stupid.

  85. asublimeday says: Dec 16, 2012 7:28 PM

    BTW, anyone see Clay Matthews do the Val Venis out there? Classic.
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    I did. I thought it was an interesting way for him to come out.

  86. hansenbrothers says: Dec 16, 2012 7:30 PM

    The refs called a lot of penalties because a lot of penalties were committed, especially by Jeffrey. This doesn’t mean that it was a poorly called game. NFC north champs!!

  87. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 16, 2012 7:48 PM

    There are some sore losers out there today.

  88. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 16, 2012 7:59 PM

    I remember back when Soldier Field used to be the Bears home field.

  89. warcover says: Dec 16, 2012 8:08 PM

    Brandon Marshall just stepped away from the post-game press conference in tears.

  90. kingpel says: Dec 16, 2012 8:17 PM

    I want to give some credit to Brandon Marshall. I was skeptical that he changed, but watching him bite his tongue in that press conference proved me wrong.

    Nice work, young man. Keep it up.

  91. cheezhead5 says: Dec 16, 2012 8:24 PM

    Hey Larry boodry… I’ve been to soldier field many times to watch my packers whoop your bears so don’t say that I hide behind a keyboard!

  92. jerrytagge says: Dec 16, 2012 8:25 PM

    Next time I hear Mason Crosby’s name, it’d better be either “Mason Crosby Nissan” or “Mason Crosby Hyundai”.

    Sorry you can’t kick FGs anymore, but we have the playoffs coming up, champ.

  93. ducksk says: Dec 16, 2012 8:27 PM

    I was so happy when da bears traded for cutler. Green Bay need not to worry bout the bears while he is there. 27 years since the Super Bowl shuffle and counting. Had can 1 look in the mirror as a bear and cub fan. I pitty you, really.

  94. pack13queens0 says: Dec 16, 2012 9:32 PM

    A-Rod is the greatest athlete in sports. Way to go Pack. Bring the Lombardi home where it belongs in Titletown.

  95. vikingfan1971 says: Dec 16, 2012 9:33 PM

    you packer fans still have to play the vikings at home and adrian ran for 212 yards against the rams today, and he ran over 200 against you guys on your home turf, so just imagine what he will do to you at home. I see the vikings beating you guys. we are in the wild card spot with you guys and all we need to do is win both of our last two games, yes the texans may be hard being we are playing there again, I dont understand why both our games against them are there but we will win peterson wants to win very badly and deserves to beat that record.
    I am really looking forward to the packer vikings game and what a great new years present to win.
    see you guys in 2 weeks

  96. larryboodry says: Dec 16, 2012 9:52 PM

    cheezhead5 says: Dec 16, 2012 8:24 PM

    “Hey Larry boodry… I’ve been to soldier field many times to watch my packers whoop your bears so don’t say that I hide behind a keyboard!”

    Uh-huh…And I’ll bet you didn’t call all Bears fans sissies, either…They would have pounded you into cheese dust.

  97. thelastpieceofcheese says: Dec 16, 2012 9:59 PM

    True to form krazy Marshall cried his way out of the post game press conference.

  98. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 16, 2012 10:36 PM

    vikingfan1971 says:
    Dec 16, 2012 9:33 PM
    you packer fans still have to play the vikings at home and adrian ran for 212 yards against the rams today, and he ran over 200 against you guys on your home turf, so just imagine what he will do to you at home. I see the vikings beating you guys. we are in the wild card spot with you guys and all we need to do is win both of our last two games, yes the texans may be hard being we are playing there again, I dont understand why both our games against them are there but we will win peterson wants to win very badly and deserves to beat that record.
    I am really looking forward to the packer vikings game and what a great new years present to win.
    see you guys in 2 weeks
    ——

    If you want Peterson to go for the record, the Packers will win by 40.

    The Dome isn’t home for the vikings.

    The Packers own the NFC North, they own the Vikings, they own domes.

    Its science.

  99. trapshoot says: Dec 16, 2012 10:50 PM

    Packers have to be trying out kickers with playoffs ahead and Crosby totally out of sync. McCarthy has been patient enough. As much as Crosby has done for them it likely time for his departure.

  100. vikingfan1971 says: Dec 16, 2012 11:17 PM

    get over it tokyo bring your game face the vikings will beat the packers at home.

  101. wafflestomp says: Dec 16, 2012 11:21 PM

    The Dome isn’t home for the vikings

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    Who’s to say that the dome will even be the home for the vikes in 2 weeks. Keep watching the weather forcasts vike fans

  102. vikingfan1971 says: Dec 17, 2012 12:19 AM

    are you talking about another snow pushing in the dome, vikings are not moving the deal was past so they are not moving if you are referring to that.

  103. iowahbr says: Dec 17, 2012 7:50 AM

    Marshall now understands the frustration of being a Bears fan.

  104. sprtsfan1 says: Dec 17, 2012 8:14 AM

    As for all you fans who sit behind your little computer and talk trash about other fans, you are the lowest of the low. I would love to see anyone talk the type of trash you talk to another fan’s face. You’re all a bunch of cowards. Good for you, you went to another team’s stadium and cheered on your team, I guarantee you didn’t talk trash to a Bears fan a Soldier Field. Stay behind your computer where it’s safe little soul.

  105. timdtl says: Dec 17, 2012 12:02 PM

    Oh the ignorant Chicago sports fans at it again. The packers have you plenty of opportunities to get the lead back. You offense is putrid starting with jay pick cutler. Yeah some of the offensive PI calls were extreme. But Jeffrey warranted that by the blatant ones he committed. The packers have been getting hosed all year by the officials and have overcome. Are you forgetting the minor incident in Seattle that could cost the packers a second seed in the playoffs? Difference between lovie smith and mike McCarthy lovies number one goal was beating the packers. McCarthy’s was winning the Super Bowl. And we all know who came out on top.

  106. ez2bcheezy says: Dec 17, 2012 3:47 PM

    Here is the cold hard fact bearfans – unless you get 2 scores from your defense or special teams you will not have a chance to win.

  107. eightandeightlions says: Dec 18, 2012 1:58 AM

    Bears suck!!! Worst team ever! Cut everyone!
    But yet, against these same Bears, the packers only won by 1 possession down to the last second, despite the incompetence/corruption of the referee (one individual) giving them the boosts at the right times.

    Newsflash: The Packers suck too. You will be gone from the playoffs like a fart through khaki.

  108. larryboodry says: Dec 18, 2012 7:51 AM

    sprtsfan1 says: Dec 17, 2012 8:14 AM

    As for all you fans who sit behind your little computer and talk trash about other fans, you are the lowest of the low. I would love to see anyone talk the type of trash you talk to another fan’s face. You’re all a bunch of cowards. Good for you, you went to another team’s stadium and cheered on your team, I guarantee you didn’t talk trash to a Bears fan a Soldier Field. Stay behind your computer where it’s safe little soul.
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    Amen to that, and well-said!

  109. packersrule12 says: Dec 18, 2012 9:19 AM

    grandsonofcoach says:
    Dec 16, 2012 5:41 PM
    Any commentary on PI in this game that doesn’t call out the blatant offensive pass interference that wasn’t called when Jeffries pulled Shields to the ground by his facemask (and Shields was flagged for a penalty) is a one sided argument.
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    That lead to the Bears only TD.

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