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Packers win NFC North on last-minute TD pass

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On a last-minute play involving a gamble by the Bears’ defense, the Packers won big — and won the NFC North title in the process.

Aaron Rodgers‘ 48-yard TD pass to Randall Cobb with 38 seconds left gave the Packers a 33-28 victory against the Bears in Chicago on Sunday evening.

The victory sends the Packers to the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. The Packers will host the 49ers next weekend in the wild-card round.

Meanwhile, the loss ends Chicago’s season at the hands of an old and bitter rival.

On the decisive play, the Bears brought extra pressure on 4th-and-8 at the Chicago 48. Rodgers rolled away from the rush and threw deep for Cobb, who ran through the Bears’ coverage and came wide open. Then, it was just a matter of whether Cobb would catch the ball.

Indeed, he did, and when the Packers intercepted the Bears’ Hail Mary pass on the final play of regulation, Green Bay had secured the NFC North.

In his first game back in the Packers’ lineup after missing seven games with a broken collarbone, Rodgers completed 25-of-39 yards for 318 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Both TD passes were to Cobb, who was activated from injured reserve on Saturday.

The Bears trailed 13-7 at halftime, but their offense was sharp to begin the second half, and Jay Cutler’s five-yard TD pass to Brandon Marshall at the start of the fourth quarter gave Chicago a 28-20 lead.

However, the Packers’ offense, led by Rodgers, would take over in the final period.

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140 Responses to “Packers win NFC North on last-minute TD pass”
  1. elks84 says: Dec 29, 2013 7:58 PM

    Kuhn.

  2. packerbackernj says: Dec 29, 2013 7:58 PM

    And your NFC North champions are…..the Green Bay Packers.

  3. floratiotime says: Dec 29, 2013 7:59 PM

    Da Bears … be chokin’. Quick … $100,000,000 to Cutler … ASAP. LOL

  4. winorlose6burgh says: Dec 29, 2013 7:59 PM

    Nothing but luck

  5. huthuthaiku says: Dec 29, 2013 7:59 PM

    Rodgers is simply
    The best player in the game
    No offense Peyton

  6. axespray says: Dec 29, 2013 7:59 PM

    friggin’ Gangsta ole play to win it.

  7. ricosauve49ers says: Dec 29, 2013 8:00 PM

    You play until the ref blows the whistle. Bears deserved to lose this game.

  8. bigkurt6 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:00 PM

    Crazy game

  9. mvp43 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:00 PM

    Go Pack!!

  10. blacknole08 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:01 PM

    Bears broke Rodgers collarbone.

    Rodgers broke Bears heart.

    Classic game.

  11. trapshoot says: Dec 29, 2013 8:01 PM

    Improbable ending the way Green Bay’s defense played. Guess Rodgers does make a huge difference. Go Pack!

  12. f1restarter says: Dec 29, 2013 8:01 PM

    Once again we see how the Packers fight hard, refuse to quit, and overcome tremendous odds to pull out a win. Our neighbors to the west should take notice and be embarrassed.

    A 14th World Championship is looming on the horizon.

  13. tikisays says: Dec 29, 2013 8:02 PM

    Hey wolf of wall st,start the printing presses@lets print up some more of that fake stock for the cheeseheads!!!!!

  14. uksaintsfan says: Dec 29, 2013 8:02 PM

    Well done cheese heads.
    Nice to see you in the playoffs after struggling through the regular season.
    Well faught.

  15. mimitaroo says: Dec 29, 2013 8:02 PM

    A couple years ago the Eagles helped out Green Bay by winning at NY in the Miracle at the Meadowlands part II which kept Green Bay alive. They proceeded to make the playoffs and win the super bowl.

    This year Eagles helped them out again by beating Chicago last week, and they provided their own 4th down miracle today to advance to playoffs.

    Deja Vu?

  16. jagsandliquor says: Dec 29, 2013 8:02 PM

    Great game

  17. thepftpoet says: Dec 29, 2013 8:03 PM

    The pathetic Bears defense literally gave the Packers a trip to the playoffs.

    But overall it doesn’t really matter, the Packers will be one & done in the playoffs with that horrible defense and the 49ers will beat them for the 4th time in 2 seasons.

    Meanwhile the Vikings dynasty is in tact & ready to compete for multiple superbowls next season.

  18. hcgraves says: Dec 29, 2013 8:03 PM

    I’m stunned a Jay Cutler lead Bears team lost to the Packers. Who saw that coming????

  19. gopackgocausecowboysblow says: Dec 29, 2013 8:03 PM

    Two things to say; Da Bears still suck and the Vikings are worse. Even with all the adversity and injuries, the PACK ended up First!
    Now the playoffs might be a different story… but GO PACK GO!!!!

  20. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 29, 2013 8:03 PM

    Well, there goes the “Rodgers isn’t clutch” theory.

  21. tangysizzl says: Dec 29, 2013 8:03 PM

    The sweet taste of victory! It might be short lived but oh what a feeling it is.

  22. fergie22 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:03 PM

    the bears need to hire a real defensive coordinator not this clown tucker how do you let a receiver get behind your defense with a minute to play unbelievable thanks a bunch mel

  23. joe240 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:05 PM

    Close game, congrats Packer fans! Tough loss Chicago. Let’s face it, neither of these teams looks very good.

  24. herlies says: Dec 29, 2013 8:07 PM

    Foolish blitz on 4 and 8 sums up the bears D this season.

    Blown coverage, Rodgers avoids Peppers who is a
    shell of his old self, wide open TD.

    A fitting end.

  25. vegasgreek says: Dec 29, 2013 8:07 PM

    HAIL MARY FULL OF GRACE THE LORD ART WITH THEE ! GO PACK GO !

  26. nevernudetobias says: Dec 29, 2013 8:08 PM

    Lifelong Packers fan here. nothing but respect for the Bears organization and their fans. Couldn’t ask for a better rival or richer tradition. Add another chapter to the legacy. See you next year. Go Pack Go.

  27. jerrytagge says: Dec 29, 2013 8:08 PM

    First day back at work. Throw two TDs to other guy on HIS first day back at work.

  28. whatjusthapped says: Dec 29, 2013 8:09 PM

    Before the Viking trolls flood this site with their idiotic posts, let me ask you one simple question;

    What time do the Vikings play next weekend?

  29. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 29, 2013 8:09 PM

    I’m still amazed that all the referees managed to keep their whistles quiet during “the play”. They finally got a play right and all the way throughout the process!

  30. Gordon says: Dec 29, 2013 8:09 PM

    If Conte is on the Bears next year, it’s time to fire the GM. Never seen a guy give up as many crushing big plays as this guy.

    He bit on Rodgers fake & Cobb blew by him. Unreal, yet completely predictable, given his play this year.

  31. packerpauly says: Dec 29, 2013 8:10 PM

    Great game by both teams and while my Packers will be going on into the playoffs it was a heck of an effort by Da Bears. I hadn’t seen Cutler that sharp in a long time. If the Bears are smart they will re-sign him this off-season.

  32. richeisennflnetwork says: Dec 29, 2013 8:10 PM

    NFC better watch out for these packers, they might be the 6 seed but they could get really good in a hurry.

    Bears suck, fire Trestman.

  33. thatswhatimsayin says: Dec 29, 2013 8:11 PM

    It’s a damn shame that someone from the NFCN gets to host a playoff game this year. Two terrible defenses, pathetic.

  34. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:11 PM

    I bet trestman wishes he had kicked a shorter field goal against the Vikings…that was the tie breaker. Bears lost to the Vikings. Packers tied. Unreal! Dumbest play call of the season costs bears the playoffs. Well deserved. He should be fired!

    Fourth down…and the bears blow the coverage! Bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

    And I’m a Vikings fan!

  35. nickynick04 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:12 PM

    It was a great game played by 2 iconic NFL teams,
    NFL Royalty.
    These are teams of class.
    Teams like the Vikings need to pay close attention.
    This is how genuine NFL Royalty play.
    They do their talking on the playing field.
    Not during the off season.

  36. shlort says: Dec 29, 2013 8:12 PM

    That Packers D will have them out of the playoffs in short order.

    I can’t believe how slow they seem to play. The D plays like they are a step behind at all times.

    Good to Rodgers come back strong. Aside from those two bad throws that were picked, he looked mostly like his old self.

    Anyway, the 9ers will put up 400 yards rushing against Green Bay next weekend. Old Giraffe neck will probably throw for more than his usual 150 yars as well.

  37. thelionsrgreat says: Dec 29, 2013 8:13 PM

    The packers do what the lions refuse to do. They win the big games. Lions had the north fall in our laps, and refused to take advantage of it. Schwarts should be fired already.

  38. frank booth says: Dec 29, 2013 8:14 PM

    thepftpoet says: Dec 29, 2013 8:03 PM

    Meanwhile the Vikings dynasty is in tact & ready to compete for multiple superbowls next season.
    ==================================

    That will be awesome! No football team has actually won multiple Super Bowls in a single season.

  39. rabbi187 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:15 PM

    As a football fan not caring about either of these teams, I’m glad the Packers won the game. The playoffs are more exciting with Rodgers being a part of them.

  40. gbfanforever says: Dec 29, 2013 8:15 PM

    That game was a classic. The Bears played really well for most of the game and I almost feel bad for their fans seeing their season lost that way. But, who am I kidding, they’d be here talking smack if they won so of course I don’t feel bad!

  41. pshark5 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:16 PM

    Either team is a 1 and done in playoffs. As a Bears fan I’m sad to see them lose to a crap team like the Packers, but happy for the draft pick position. Bears had too many injuries and father time catching them on defense but a good draft will be all they need for a good run next year.

  42. bobnelsonjr says: Dec 29, 2013 8:17 PM

    The Bears played well and made it a good game.
    The game lived up to the greatest rivalry in the NFL adding another page.

    The Packers are in the playoffs again for the 5th straight year and their 3rd straight NFC North division win.

    Better luck next year Detroit.

    The Bears and Packers will play again next year for the division crown.

  43. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 29, 2013 8:17 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Dec 29, 2013 8:03 PM
    The pathetic Bears defense literally gave the Packers a trip to the playoffs.

    But overall it doesn’t really matter, the Packers will be one & done in the playoffs with that horrible defense and the 49ers will beat them for the 4th time in 2 seasons.

    Meanwhile the Vikings dynasty is in tact & ready to compete for multiple superbowls next season.

    —-

    This shows the average intelligence of the vikings fans. They think that there are several Super Bowls every year. Their thinking is that when they play the best franchise in the sport (the Packers), it’s a Super Bowl. Because they’ve never won one. And they won’t in our lifetime.

  44. jbvikes says: Dec 29, 2013 8:18 PM

    Is there another team in recent history that the football gods have smiled on more that the Packers?? Remember their last Super Bowl win? They don’t even make the playoffs if Philly doesn’t run that lad minute punt back for a TD. And how about this year? If the Cowboys don’t implode in the 2nd half of their game this year the Packers don’t make it this year. This Supet Bowl win can’t happen again, can it???

  45. wyboemail says: Dec 29, 2013 8:18 PM

    Packers win this game due to the Bears defense being worse than the Packers defense. Give Cutler credit today. He played well, not great. Hopefully he can see the same thing us fans see that the defense needs a complete over hall as well as a new D coach. You do not blitz ShAaron Rodgers on 4th down with 8 to go. Give the Bears a discount on the new contract and help the defense rebuild. This would then be the last NFC North crown the Packers will be winning for a while.
    The arrow is pointing up Bears. The arrow is pointing up. Have fun stopping the 49ers next week Packers. LOL.

  46. donchacho says: Dec 29, 2013 8:18 PM

    I think Rodgers is great and I’m a bears fan but the ending was more about pathetic defence then a great play. Most of us could have hit Cobb wide open. The lions and bears had half a year to bury the arod less pack and they didn’t it just shows the pack are better and more deserving of the division. Today wasn’t cutlers fault but I hope him losing to the pack, again, severs the ties with him. The offence is high powered but we don’t need to waste 100 mill on him when McCown or someone else can do an equal or better job. Spend the money on the putrid d.

  47. onbucky96 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:18 PM

    Great. Now the Packers can lose to the 49ers…AGAIN. Reminds me of the mid-90s when Dallas used to kick Green Bay around.

  48. acmepacker says: Dec 29, 2013 8:19 PM

    Kudos to Chicago, both teams played a nail biter and I thought the Bears did well. GB squeaked by but it’s a win and my team took the division!! Life is good this evening.

  49. usdcoyotesfan says: Dec 29, 2013 8:20 PM

    It ain’t over ’til it’s over!

  50. arrowmint says: Dec 29, 2013 8:21 PM

    THIS is why you dont give up on NFL divisions with their built in rivalries, just because once in a while a team may end up 10-6 and miss the playoffs.

    No matter HOW MUCH the East Coast sports mafia whines and cries and pleads.

  51. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Dec 29, 2013 8:23 PM

    Congrats on winning your flag football game that the refs basically gave to you, Aaron Rodgers & Co.

    Enjoy it, because you’re one and done next week.

    Cupcakes.

  52. askcabs says: Dec 29, 2013 8:24 PM

    Mike McCarthy should give Aaron Rodgers his paycheck. He is an idiot. Didn’t go for two when you are two down!?!? What was he thinking? Good thing Rodgers throws a TD on 4th down!

  53. jimjim84 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:24 PM

    Played good enough but….
    Happy Trails Jay Cutler

  54. bowmanj35 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:25 PM

    probably saved capers job. unless San Fran demolishes it again in the playoffs. too bad, he needs to go.

  55. gbfb88 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:28 PM

    This comment is dedicated to all the Lions and Vikings trolls that we’ve had to put up with all year:

    *ahem*
    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

    Shut it.

  56. nickynick04 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:30 PM

    The Packers are amazing.
    A top notch franchise.
    With the best QB in the game

  57. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:32 PM

    Aaron Rodgers just ruined all the angry and bitter Vikings fans lives again.

  58. f1restarter says: Dec 29, 2013 8:35 PM

    84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says:
    Dec 29, 2013 8:23 PM
    Congrats on winning your flag football game that the refs basically gave to you, Aaron Rodgers & Co.

    Enjoy it, because you’re one and done next week.

    Cupcakes.

    —————————

    You seem upset about something.

  59. hscorpio says: Dec 29, 2013 8:36 PM

    It used to be that nobody wanted any part of the Packers in GB in January. Then the Falcons kicked the Packers tail there in the playoffs. I can think of no better opponent than SF for the Packers to re-establish that coming to GB in January is probably going to mean a sad plane ride home.

  60. suckittrebek76 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:37 PM

    Well, what did you think was going to happen?

  61. dg575 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:39 PM

    If anyone needs some forks, I have a whole bunch here from previous commenters here. They told me to stick them in the Packers, but as it turns out, that was premature.

  62. johngaltwho says: Dec 29, 2013 8:41 PM

    thetruthcampaign says:
    Dec 29, 2013 8:31 AM
    It’s definitely all or nothing. All it takes is one hit, and Rodgers could be out till next season. I don’t put much stock in Randall Cobb being effective either.

    ——————————————————————————

    ;>). Its all about the truth.

  63. ralphwilsonisrich says: Dec 29, 2013 8:44 PM

    Another State farm double from Rodgers

  64. yousuxxors says: Dec 29, 2013 8:45 PM

    they should of never went back to cutler once he was healthy …. he’s a loser and will always be.

  65. jjh1982 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:46 PM

    On to the playoffs where anything can happen

  66. monkeyhateclean says: Dec 29, 2013 8:47 PM

    Another demonstration of terrible officiating, namely that absurd roughing call against McClellin, but the key play was a bunch of Bears standing around a LIVE BALL until Boykin finally figured it out.

    GB = First round appetizer, but congrats to them for being the 8th best team in the NFC.

  67. pack13queens0 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:48 PM

    A-Rod is healthy & the Pack are in great shape to capture another Lombardi. This is just like 2010 all over again. Look at it this way, if Chicago had won, they would be done next Weekend anyway. Chicago is just a dump of a city that hasn’t had any Champions in almost 30 years.

  68. quickstrong says: Dec 29, 2013 8:54 PM

    anybodys’ game next week at green bay

  69. cheddarisbeddar says: Dec 29, 2013 8:55 PM

    jbvikes says:
    Dec 29, 2013 8:18 PM
    Is there another team in recent history that the football gods have smiled on more that the Packers?? Remember their last Super Bowl win? They don’t even make the playoffs if Philly doesn’t run that lad minute punt back for a TD. And how about this year? If the Cowboys don’t implode in the 2nd half of their game this year the Packers don’t make it this year. This Supet Bowl win can’t happen again, can it???
    _

    Are these your same football gods that broke AR’s collarbone that sidelined him for seven weeks? The same gods that let James Jones drop a game winning TD in the tie against the Vikings? The same gods that let Flynn fumble in the last two minutes of the Steelers loss? Or that let Lang false start at the one yard line with a TD chance on the line in the same game?

    Those same gods?

    You fool.

  70. outlawshark says: Dec 29, 2013 8:55 PM

    onbucky96 says:
    Dec 29, 2013 8:18 PM

    Great. Now the Packers can lose to the 49ers…AGAIN. Reminds me of the mid-90s when Dallas used to kick Green Bay around.
    _______________________

    Before 2012, Green Bay beat San Fran 13 out of 14 times.

  71. packerfansarefat says: Dec 29, 2013 8:59 PM

    lol…..well, it’s certainly nice to see that you gals can’t get Vikings fans out of your minds…..even after that convincing win over a team EVERYONE is beating up on lately……so cute you chubby fans.

  72. larryboodry says: Dec 29, 2013 8:59 PM

    Amid some bitter disappointment, some thoughts on this game, and the season:

    1.) This was a great game to watch, except that last Packer drive. Kudos to GB on the win.

    2.) Cutler is now 1-9 overall vs. the Pack, but this loss ain’t on him. He looked good against them for a change.

    3.) The refs tried to give the game to GB but couldn’t, so our defense did it for them.

    4.) As bad as I feel for the Bears, I feel worse for Arizona. 11-5 and sitting home, while GB gets in at 8-7-1. The Cardinals deserve to be in ahead of anyone from the North, and I’d say that even if the Bears had won.

    5.) If the Bears don’t fire Mel Tucker and upgrade that horrid defense, it won’t matter if Cutler stays or not. And yeah, there were injuries, but the ‘D’ sucked before that, too.

    6.) Of all the guys on defense whose contracts are up, I can’t see anyone who is indispensible, although I hope Tillman stays.

  73. coachkilla6 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:00 PM

    And for the 28th consecutive season, and for the 47th out of 48 times, duh Bears WILL NOT win a SuperBowl. For the entirety of Marshall’s career, he will not be in the playoffs!

  74. leatherface2012 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:04 PM

    one of the dullest games ive watched in years

  75. nickynick04 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:05 PM

    Who came in last place in the NFC NORTH ?

  76. leatherface2012 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:05 PM

    btw i think manning had more tds and yards than rodgers this year

  77. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:12 PM

    It’s like the Packers are being guided by the hand of the Almighty.

  78. douglasgreenbriar says: Dec 29, 2013 9:12 PM

    Well at least cutler had a great game so I won’t have to listen to all the morons calling for his job this offseason, oh wait…

  79. packerfanfordecades says: Dec 29, 2013 9:13 PM

    The weather forecast I just looked up says it will be in the mid-20s in Green Bay next Saturday afternoon and the mid-teens next Sunday afternoon. Not sure which day they will play the 49rs and whether it will be the afternoon or the colder evening.

    During the week up until then, the average temperatures for each 24 hour period are in single digits. So, next weekend temperatures will seem like a warm front to the Packers and bone-chilling to the San Francisco guys. No?

    The last time I thought the cold weather would give the Pack an advantage in a playoff game was against the Giants and that ended with Brett’s interception. I recall that the NY coach had all the practices for the Giants the week before outside to get his team prepared for the temperature shock.

    Of course, it can get cold on the east coast and it was cold on the east coast the week before the Giants flew to Wisconsin for that game. Next week, every day in San Francisco will be in the mid-60s. The 49rs are going to arrive in Green Bay with a sun tan.

    We’ll see if this weather thing has a bearing on the game next weekend. I’m thinking it probably will. May the Lord’s will be done.
    .

  80. gbfb88 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:14 PM

    I took my shot at the Lions & Vikings fans earlier, so here’s my post to Bears fans:

    Good game. Good season. If it wasn’t going to be us, I’m glad it would have been you. The NFC North belongs to our teams. Good luck next year, hopefully we can have another epic clash (with somewhat better records heading in) to end next year. Be proud of all that the Bears did this year, and be proud of the fact that they have a great foundation on offense right now.

  81. wyboemail says: Dec 29, 2013 9:20 PM

    Comment to this guy?
    pack13queens0 says:
    Dec 29, 2013 8:48 PM

    A-Rod is healthy & the Pack are in great shape to capture another Lombardi. This is just like 2010 all over again. Look at it this way, if Chicago had won, they would be done next Weekend anyway. Chicago is just a dump of a city that hasn’t had any Champions in almost 30 years.

    Have you ever heard of the Chicago Blackhawks?
    Champions in 2010 and 2013 Stanley Cup Champs.
    Chicago White Sox in 2006.
    Have you ever stuck your head out of your own area code or are you just having trouble getting out from under your 300 lb Green Bay native wife?

  82. daneizer says: Dec 29, 2013 9:23 PM

    Great win for the PACK however , if Neal and Mulumba set the edge as poorly against the 49ers Kap will break his record next week .

  83. redgold916 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:23 PM

    It’s going to be fun watching Gore and company run through the Swiss chess defense the Packers have. Rodgers will have to drop back 50+ times next week in the cold to have a shot. The 49ers have the better offensive line and defensive line. This game won’t be a shootout like a lot of people think. Green Bay will yet again be another notch on the belt of the 49ers as they make their way to Seattle

  84. wyboemail says: Dec 29, 2013 9:24 PM

    How many games I have watched in my 44 years of life and every time a ball is pushed forward by the QB it has been ruled an incomplete pass???
    WWHHHAAAATTTTTTT.
    The NFL loves Rodgers way too much.
    Crap call on the roughing as well.
    Any other QB and that is not called.

  85. mattblues110 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:27 PM

    As if the winner of this game is going to do anything in the playoffs? Packer fans will be crying after the 9ers game.

  86. cheddarisbeddar says: Dec 29, 2013 9:27 PM

    84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says:
    Dec 29, 2013 8:23 PM
    Congrats on winning your flag football game that the refs basically gave to you, Aaron Rodgers & Co.

    Enjoy it, because you’re one and done next week.

    Cupcakes.
    _

    What delectable dessert would that make the Vikings?

  87. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:28 PM

    Gbfb88

    Uhhhhhh. no. The bears never win the division. Or anything significant since 1985. They also never. Ever. Ever. Ever. Ever beat the packers. Ever. The one earlier this year doesn’t count.

    And the Vikings made the playoffs last year by beating out the bears for the wild card, and they did that by beating the packers. Just in case you forgot. The division belongs to the packers, but the Vikings are the ones who are their true competiton.

  88. benniehifive says: Dec 29, 2013 9:29 PM

    wow…a lot of bitter nfc north fans on here tonight. when chicago went to the super bowl I actually rooted for them. even tho they are our biggest rival I would rather see them win it all than the some team from the afc. instead of making infantile posts on here like “the refs screwed us” and “enjoy it, one and done” just accept the fact that your team came up short this season. take comfort….30 others are soon to join you :)

  89. mvp43 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:32 PM

    I love all the comments on how the Pack will we one and done from the Viking fans.

    You know what, you may be right but, AT LEAST THEY’RE PLAYING.

    No Packer fan is saying that they’re a great team. The point is everyone else in the NFCN is staying home.

  90. vikescry1 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:43 PM

    @pshark um the bears r beat up? The packers have 15 players on IR, and way 2 be classy. But hey good game.

  91. granadafan says: Dec 29, 2013 9:49 PM

    So much for the irrational view by ignorants Viking fans that Rodgers is not “tough” or “clutch”. Rodgers has been making great plays his entire career from high school to college at CAL and with the Packers. The guy had a friggin broken collarbone. How was he supposed to play? Your wide receivers faked migraines to avoid playing for the Vikings.

  92. larryboodry says: Dec 29, 2013 9:50 PM

    @wyboemail:

    You forget to mention the Bulls six championships in the Jordan era.

  93. leatherface2012 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:54 PM

    hard to play against the packers and the officials

  94. gbfb88 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:55 PM

    taintedsaints2009

    Uhhhhh. Yes. Vikings & Lions fans are some of the most pathetic, classless fans in the NFL. I can feel good for Bears fans because, for the most part, they are good-natured, and respectful whenever I encounter them. I would rather see the Packers most hated rival (the Bears, despite how badly Vikings fans want it to be them) win the North than one of the other two worthless teams in our division. Detroit & Minnesota have absolutely wasted the careers of Calvin Johnson & Adrian Peterson, just like they wasted the careers of Barry Sanders & Cris Carter.

    GoPackGo!

  95. beerbratscheese says: Dec 29, 2013 10:00 PM

    Cue chi01town in 3..2..1..NEVER!!!

  96. golforepar says: Dec 29, 2013 10:01 PM

    Rodgers and Cobb…… WELCOME BACK!

  97. larryboodry says: Dec 29, 2013 10:04 PM

    Good luck to GB in the playoffs…Represent our division well.

  98. rickrock6661982 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:06 PM

    At least the Lions will get a better draft pick after choking first. Chicago choked next and as for Green Bay?

    Their season will be over next week anyhow.

    Because, in the words of Charles Barkley “The NFC North is turrible”.

  99. beerbratscheese says: Dec 29, 2013 10:08 PM

    leatherface2012 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:54 PM

    hard to play against the packers and the officials
    ——————–

    The refs missed multiple holding penalties on the Bears, an obvious tripping penalty on Peppers and a couple of offensive PI’s on the Bears.

    Podlesh’s first punt should have been down at the two rather than a touchback, and Sheas’s “roughing the QB” was questionable, but not necessarily wrong. Other than that, the Bears got favorable spots and calls all over the place.

  100. gbfb88 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:10 PM

    wyboemail says:
    Dec 29, 2013 9:24 PM
    How many games I have watched in my 44 years of life and every time a ball is pushed forward by the QB it has been ruled an incomplete pass???
    WWHHHAAAATTTTTTT.
    ====================================

    Well, considering there was no hand around the ball at any point as it moved forward, it, as it has been for well over 44 years, was a fumble.

  101. larryboodry says: Dec 29, 2013 10:10 PM

    beerbratscheese says: Dec 29, 2013 10:00 PM

    “Cue chi01town in 3..2..1..NEVER!!!”

    What happened to him, anyway?

  102. badgerbuck says: Dec 29, 2013 10:11 PM

    Rodgers is such a drama queen,mr sensitive to everything said about him.good ball player but seems to have no fun out on the field.have some fun like Bret used to have,oops I said something negative about Aaron now he’s going to cry.

  103. sprtsfan1 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:16 PM

    Bottom line is that it was a great game. Can’t blame the fluke fumble return for a TD, gotta play through to the whistle. Can’t blame the refs, because, well, you just have to be a good enough team to overcome. The Pack made one more play than the Bears and that’s why we lost. Good luck to the Pack in the playoffs. Those of you saying. “One and done”…. Maybe they will be, but at least their team is still playing.

  104. golforepar says: Dec 29, 2013 10:18 PM

    Where did all the trolls go? I’m guessing they all didn’t need to be tucked in by 9!

  105. larryboodry says: Dec 29, 2013 10:22 PM

    @beerbratscheese:

    Not disputing that the refs sucked for both teams, but another bad call against the Bears was on what should have been a Jeffery TD. Didn’t matter in the end, but still a blown call.

    And Trestman was right not to challenge it, even though he’d have probably won that challenge.

  106. contra74 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:22 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Dec 29, 2013 8:09 PM
    Before the Viking trolls flood this site with their idiotic posts, let me ask you one simple question;

    What time do the Vikings play next weekend?
    —–
    Ah the life of a typical packer fan. Back into the playoffs and rather than worry about the 9ers they worry about the Vikings. Just can seem to get their heads right those cute little shareholders.

  107. wafflestomp says: Dec 29, 2013 10:24 PM

    You mad Bro?

  108. deepthreat88 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:28 PM

    Niners 24, Packers 21

    Good game ,but the average Niner offense is enough with their ferocious defense controlling Green Bay.

  109. pack13queens0 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:30 PM

    wyboemail says: Dec 29, 2013 9:20 PM

    Have you ever heard of the Chicago Blackhawks?
    Champions in 2010 and 2013 Stanley Cup Champs.
    Chicago White Sox in 2006.
    ——————————————————
    Never heard of them. If they’re not Football or Nascar Championships, they don’t count.

  110. wrm1230 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:33 PM

    I love the “your season is over in a week” crowd. They sure are entertaining, and apparently clairvoyant to.

    Fact is, you folks are bitter and probably won’t sleep well tonight because not only are your precious teams done THIS WEEK, but the team you wish was still alive the most is…well…STILL ALIVE.

    All you need is a chance in the playoffs. Several teams no longer have that chance but GREEN BAY sure as hell does.

    DEAL WITH IT…..AGAIN.

  111. gbmickey says: Dec 29, 2013 10:36 PM

    The poor viking whiners trying to hijack another Pack article looking to be relevent. Whether it is a one and done in the playoffs or not the fact remains we are once again NFC NORTH CHAMPIONS!! You jealous fans with all the tough talk and bravado finished in last place and will once again have another season to look forward to with no qb. Embrace the suck and make sure to stay off any bridges tonight. This game must have been painful to watch.

  112. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Dec 29, 2013 10:57 PM

    Best game of the day.

  113. ricardocabeza says: Dec 29, 2013 11:17 PM

    So now the bounce pass is legal???? Bears got robbed

  114. gbpshareholder says: Dec 29, 2013 11:37 PM

    this division is what it is right?… a Packer team that barely floated without Rodgers, and 3 other teams who could not take over… to me this says more about the other 3 teams than it does about the Packers… after all, everyone knew how bad the Packers would be without Rodgers… turns out that is still better than those other NFC North teams… GO PACK GO!!!!

  115. dahmergeinteam says: Dec 29, 2013 11:41 PM

    I am so glad we won and can play another game. At least we get to play another team that likes to dig in the dirt, them for gold, and us for fellow Packer fans.

  116. hscorpio says: Dec 30, 2013 12:00 AM

    The flaw in all the caterwailing about the Packers bad record is that they are 6-2 in games Rodgers started and finished. That’s a pretty good record with their starting QB. Like many other teams with elite QBs, they are not very good without him.

    This just in: He’s playing again. Oh, and while he was out, they found a running game.

  117. contra74isloosbuthole says: Dec 30, 2013 12:10 AM

    @leatherface-How did the refs help the Packers? Rodgers clearly lost the ball. THe play was even upheld after replay. On the final touchdown Nelson was clearly held and it didn’t get called. Turns out the call wasn’t needed by the Packers though.

  118. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Dec 30, 2013 12:46 AM

    I can’t wait to watch “Iron” Aaron Rodgers lead his team to a blowout playoff loss for the third consecutive season.

  119. blackhawks2010 says: Dec 30, 2013 1:15 AM

    The NFC North should not have a playoff spot, embarrassing. Packers and Bears are awful. The Packers may lose to San Francisco by 30.

  120. sickcub says: Dec 30, 2013 1:32 AM

    It will be hard to sit through a Bear game next year if Draft busts Conte and McClellin (aka Emery’s kids) are still on the team.

  121. iowahbr says: Dec 30, 2013 1:51 AM

    Now we know for sure that:

    1). Trestman knows less about NFL defense that Napolean knew about diplomacy.
    2). Conte must be married to one of the McCaskey kids.
    3). With a 1 and 9 record against the Packers Emery shoud issue Cutler the standard 2 mil Urlacher offer for PR purposes and send him on his way.
    4). With a bit of luck and hard work Emery has built the foundation for a 6 and 10 or 5 and 11 squad in 2014. Bears fans know that someday we’ll have a shot at a great draft choice with him at the helm.
    5). Never kick a field goal on 2nd down

  122. ihaterogergoodell says: Dec 30, 2013 1:55 AM

    Congrats to the Pack! What a wild game. As a Bears fan, that’s all I could have hoped for. Yeah, I think the refs hosed Chicago this time around, but everyone benefits from calls like that. Stop blaming the refs, fellow Bears fans. How about a defense that can make a single stop on fourth down? Let’s not kid ourselves, the Bears offense is legit, there are pieces in place for a solid second season under Trestman, and most of these losers on D are gone after this year. The arrow is pointing up.

    Oh, and it is hilarious that pack13queens0 put Nascar on the same plane as football (and above basketball, baseball, and hockey for that matter). Cute. Real cute.

  123. golynxgo says: Dec 30, 2013 2:06 AM

    jbvikes says:
    Dec 29, 2013 8:18 PM
    Is there another team in recent history that the football gods have smiled on more that the Packers?? Remember their last Super Bowl win? They don’t even make the playoffs if Philly doesn’t run that lad minute punt back for a TD. And how about this year? If the Cowboys don’t implode in the 2nd half of their game this year the Packers don’t make it this year. This Supet Bowl win can’t happen again, can it???

    D’OH yes lets not forget the Packers had no injuries this year The Seattle loss last year was another Football Gods big Smile oh yes and the Jerry Rice Fumble in the Playoffs want me to go on MORON ?
    Supet Bowl JB Vikes? Is that the championship your team plays for ? Since you are saying can’t happen you must be talking about the Vikes Way to win when it doesn’t count Minnysoda

  124. asublimeday says: Dec 30, 2013 2:33 AM

    Some very shady calls in this one. Goodell wants prissy pants Rogers in the playoffs. Good thing they’ll be one-and-done

  125. truthserum4u says: Dec 30, 2013 3:30 AM

    outlawshark says: Dec 29, 2013 8:55 PM

    Before 2012, Green Bay beat San Fran 13 out of 14 times.

    Against some bad 49er teams. The current 49er team, as it is constructed, has demolished the current Packer team as it is constructed. Typical Packer fan living in the past as opposed to the here and now.

    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXx

    vikescry1 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:43 PM

    @pshark um the bears r beat up? The packers have 15 players on IR

    Here we are again with all of the Packer players on IR theme. First, Green Bay always has so many guys on IR because they use it to stash players they don’t want to expose to other teams for poaching. Second, the Packers have only FOUR guys on IR that are on their first or second string depth chart. That’s pretty darn good; many teams are much worse off.

    So please, just stop!

  126. stellarperformance says: Dec 30, 2013 6:26 AM

    contra74 says:
    Dec 29, 2013 10:22 PM
    Ah the life of a typical packer fan. Back into the playoffs and rather than worry about the 9ers they worry about the Vikings. Just can seem to get their heads right those cute little shareholders.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////

    And to think the 23 point comeback that Flynn led against the Vikings was the real difference-maker in this special season. It makes it even sweeter.

  127. shlort says: Dec 30, 2013 7:49 AM

    I see a few comments on the roughing call on McClellin. Guess what? Maybe he should have kept his mouth shut about hitting Rodgers. Think the Refs don’t read the papers? I bet it was the top headline in the Tribune sports section.

    That said, McClellin obviously made that hit without having to. It was a cheap shot. McClellin was not even in on the tackle and he came in late.

    The officials let them play pretty much all game. Was a good officiating crew and officiating is better every year, but so are the camera angles. 7 officials and 15 different camea angles. That is why we think the officials are doing a bad job. We get to see it on TV played over and over from every possible angle, the official sees it from one angle, one time at real speed. Lay off the officiating.

  128. 6kingswest says: Dec 30, 2013 9:29 AM

    Nice win by the Packers. McCarthy played this Rodgers injury situation perfectly. Represent the NFCN well!

  129. shaggytoodle says: Dec 30, 2013 10:45 AM

    For all the speak of the Packers being 1 and done, who cares.

    The Packers chances took a big shot when Rodgers got hurt, and in complete honesty thier season was over vs. Dallas a few weeks ago.

    They have been playing with house money ever since half time of that game.

    If they lost yesterday It wouldn’t have been as disappointing, and there is no shame in making the playoffs….again.

  130. Cadabra says: Dec 30, 2013 11:20 AM

    The NFL officials botched another late game situation. On the last Packer touchdown play, there were two flagrant fouls against Chicago.

    Being ‘generous’, you might say they caught a couple of breaks. In all honesty, they were simply botched NO-calls.

    There was an obviously illegal cut-block (below the waist) that sprung Rogers open for an easy throw, and there was an obvious holding violation on a lineman.

    Should have been a yardage penalty against GB with loss of down. NO TD! Chicago got screwed.

  131. packerbacker12 says: Dec 30, 2013 11:50 AM

    “The NFL officials botched another late game situation. On the last Packer touchdown play, there were two flagrant fouls against Chicago.

    Being ‘generous’, you might say they caught a couple of breaks. In all honesty, they were simply botched NO-calls.

    There was an obviously illegal cut-block (below the waist) that sprung Rogers open for an easy throw, and there was an obvious holding violation on a lineman.

    Should have been a yardage penalty against GB with loss of down. NO TD! Chicago got screwed.”

    Oh please. Major Wright got away with a blatant pass interference on Jordy Nelson. Dude literally knocked Nelson off his feet like he had the ball. Aikman even pointed that out.

  132. boomboombrown says: Dec 30, 2013 12:49 PM

    The Green Bay Marshmallows will be throttled by the 9ers and pick 21st in the draft. They then will spend that pick on their next 1st round bust. Decline!

  133. greatgallopingghost says: Dec 30, 2013 1:23 PM

    packerbacker12 says: Dec 30, 2013 11:50 AM

    “The NFL officials botched another late game situation. On the last Packer touchdown play, there were two flagrant fouls against Chicago.

    Being ‘generous’, you might say they caught a couple of breaks. In all honesty, they were simply botched NO-calls.

    There was an obviously illegal cut-block (below the waist) that sprung Rogers open for an easy throw, and there was an obvious holding violation on a lineman.

    Should have been a yardage penalty against GB with loss of down. NO TD! Chicago got screwed.”
    ________________________________

    Oh please. Major Wright got away with a blatant pass interference on Jordy Nelson. Dude literally knocked Nelson off his feet like he had the ball. Aikman even pointed that out.
    ________________________________
    As long as we are keeping score:
    Bears penalty for roughing the passer which was clearly not the case.
    Bears kick that was downed at the Green Bay 1 but ruled a touch-back.
    Bears touchdown that was ruled down at the Green Bay 1. Still got the TD but…
    And the flagrant no-calls during that 4th and 1 for Green Bay during their final drive.

    For some reason, Green Bay is able to take their home town officiating with them on the road.

    That said, this loss rests squarely on the shoulders of the Bears defense. They lost the Vikings game on a 4th and 11 then this one on a 4th and 8. Defensive coaching staff needs to be shaken up.

  134. wnstonchill says: Dec 30, 2013 2:00 PM

    How did Chris Conte miss out on the pro-bowl?!!

  135. boscoesworld says: Dec 30, 2013 3:46 PM

    People focus on just Rodgers being out. Obviously he is most important but how many teams overcome missing the following players for most of the year:
    Randall Cobb WR Starter
    Bryan Bulaga OL Starting Left Tackle
    Clay Matthews OLB Starter perennial all pro
    Nick Perry OLB Starter
    Jermichael Finley TE Starter all pro
    Brad Jones ILB Starter
    Sean Richardson SS Starter

    Plus a plethora of second stringers and major contributors. Never heard a peep from the team about injuries.

  136. jollyjoker2 says: Dec 30, 2013 7:08 PM

    nice throw – now break a ligament in the playoff ! Signed – A wholesome Viking fan!

  137. southpaw0609 says: Dec 31, 2013 3:02 PM

    Did anybody notice on Cutler’s heave into the end zone on the last play of the game, that he stepped over the line of scrimmage? The blue computer stripe on TV represented the scrimmage line and he clearly had his plant foot past it.

    Just wondering. No body on FOX brought it up?

    If the refs had thrown a flag for illegal forward pass and one of the Bears caught it for a TD, that would have been another crap storm from this game.

  138. frank booth says: Dec 31, 2013 3:19 PM

    Not an issue- entire body and ball at point of release need to be over the line to make it an illegal forward pass.

  139. southpaw0609 says: Dec 31, 2013 3:33 PM

    Frank — thx for info. I thought if was any part of the passers body.

  140. packerzman says: Dec 31, 2013 4:17 PM

    Even as a die hard Packers fan I’m certainly not naive enough to think that our chances are good to make a deep playoff run..the defense was porous enough before losing Matthews and Jolly for the season. No matter what transpires in the coming weeks I have to say that this season gave me several memories that will last a lifetime..#1 being my first trip into Lambeau and watch the Packers play the Bears..the second half comeback against Dallas against all odds with Flynn at QB and Rodgers and Cobb both coming back in an unbelieveable game in Chicago. The TD pass to Cobb on 4th and 8 will no doubt be talked about forever considering all that was at stake. So win or lose this weekend this season of turmoil definately had its share of incredible moments.

    That being said..go out and kick the Niners tails please lol

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