Packers stay atop NFC North, knock off Bears

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The reigning NFC North champions have been dethroned, and the division is now within the Packers’ grasp.

The Packers beat the Bears 21-13 today, knocking the Bears out of division contention while staying atop the division themselves.

Technically the Bears are not mathematically eliminated from a wild card berth, but there’s no realistic scenario in which they make the playoffs. They’ll be eliminated today if either the Vikings or Rams win.

The Packers, however, are in first place at 11-3, with a huge game against the second-place Vikings coming next Monday night.

Davante Adams, who had seven catches for 103 yards, was easily the Packers’ best offensive player. The Packers’ defense largely held Mitchell Trubisky in check, with Dean Lowry and Jaire Alexander each intercepting him.

The Bears will now focus on the offseason, and whether or not they still think Trubisky is the quarterback to build the team around. The Packers, however, are very much focused on this season, and that huge game looming with the Vikings.

89 responses to “Packers stay atop NFC North, knock off Bears

  1. Thank you, refs. Patterson was our glaring victim today. We knew we could count on you to help our Packers. Again. Where would we be without you? Ahead of Detroit? Maybe.

    Cheepnis. Frank would be proud.

  2. While several fans will gripe about that call on the punt return, it was a tough call but a bang bang play where at full speed you have one shot to make the call or not, I can see why the dropped the flag with all the screaming about player safety.

    The real reasons the Bears lost, is because they let Kenny Clark look like Aaron Donald, while Bears star Mack wasn’t causing as much trouble which was because Rodgers was finally get the ball out of his hand on time instead of hanging on to it later in the play, I think the Bears overachieved last year, whether they did or didn’t its very clear they miss Fangio A TON.

  3. Today vs. the Packers the Bears showed why they are in the deep hole:

    1. Trubisky OK against really bad opposition and in garbage time against good teams so they will pick up his option as the whole Bear mgmt. group was behind the original draft choice.
    2. No pass rush and so many draft choices and cap space wasted on Mack.
    3. Other big gaps to fill at TE, O-line, receiving, and LB. and not many high draft choices given their probable 2019 finish and previous deals.
    4. Nagy demands too much in complexity from the offense and will not change. When the Bears go to no-huddle Bear fans see a full blown Chinese fire-drill.
    5. No economic pressure to change. Solder Field is full, beers are sold at $10.25 per and the TV revenue is strong.

    More of the same in store for 2020. Bears not the worst in the NFL by a long shot but a lengthy way from even a decent play-off chance next year.

  4. Thank you, refs. Patterson was our glaring victim today. We knew we could count on you to help our Packers. Again. Where would we be without you? Ahead of Detroit? Maybe.

    Cheepnis. Frank would be proud.
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    Oh, you mean the same play Patterson led with the crown of his helmet against a defenseless player? Keep on crying. I love it!

  5. The packers, with this win, don’t have to beat the Vikings but just beat the Lions to win the division. LOL

  6. Game did not need to be that tight at the end. On the 3rd and 15 sack of Rodgers, refs should have called the blow to the head the Bears had on Rodgers. Packers get a first down and in easy FG position. It’s all over but the crying right there.

  7. All season long the Packers have been talking about finding their identity, I come to terms that “winning ugly” is that identity.

    Let’s see how deep into the playoffs that gets us.

  8. Great win today against a hot team. What an ending. Offense still has some work but the division is ours barring 2 straight losses.

  9. cinvis says:
    December 15, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    The packers, with this win, don’t have to beat the Vikings but just beat the Lions to win the division. LOL
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    That may be harder than you think, the Lions destroyed the Packers in Green Bay.

  10. Is there anything more pathetic than the purples constant blaming of the refs? They’re almost a parody of themselves at this point.

  11. Congratulations to the NFC North Champion Green Bay Packers, the greatest franchise in NFL history.

    It’s truly better football……

    ……for better people.

  12. I knew the Bears didn’t stand a chance after the turnover on the punt was given back to the Packers. Missed pass interference,pick plays and facemasks. The refs are just horrible if not corrupt..

  13. Vikings fans post the first several comments. Funny stuff. Hopefully the refs win 5 more in a row for the Packers. I can just imagine the tears running down Vikings fans faces as they post these comments. It is the highlight of football weekends for me. Keep it up!

  14. dino2997 says:
    December 15, 2019 at 4:23 pm
    The Refs blatantly ensured
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    There was 3.5 quarters left in the game… the Bears had PLENTY of time to do something… they waited til the Packers went to the soft zone prevent which Packer fans have been sick of seeing for the past decade.

  15. Can even the Green Bay fans please take a moment to recognize how terribly one sided the refs are in your favor every week? That illegal hit on the punt was not only bad but is blatant and obvious cheating in GB’s favor. It’s not just a call the Bears should “overcome”. Anyone who says that that doesn’t understand sports. Difference if 1st down for the Bears at midfield or 1st and 10 for GB at the Bears 35… changed the whole game. If you vote down on this comment I don’t care but you are blind to the reality. There honestly needs to be an all out investigation on the refs in favor of GB. Been going on the whole season…

  16. h0metownzero says:
    December 15, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Congratulations to the NFC North Champion Green Bay Packers, the greatest franchise in NFL history.

    It’s truly better football……

    ……for better people.
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    Really? I thought the Packers won the division 5 weeks ago. At least that’s what all the Packers fans said.

  17. If the Bears(27 runs/53 passes) don’t get a solid RB , OL and run the rock more in these cold weather games they’ll never go anywhere in this division, PERIOD!

    It don’t take no rocket scientist!

  18. The Almighty has seen fit to bless the best fans in the NFL with it’s 6th NFC North division championship in the last 9 years.

    These consistently dominant division results are so incredibly humbling.

  19. WOW I never thought I ever hear this much crying in football, it used to be sissy’s weren’t allowed, but they’re commonplace now days!

  20. Packers really hard to watch. They always go up by 14 and then stop playing and let other team catch up. They not very good.

  21. Refs back at it again. Punt returner doesn’t call for a fair catch, gets hit after the ball arrives, fumbles, Bears recover, officials call a penalty to make sure their charity case gets the ball back. On 4th and 4, the game clock expires, no flag, they get a “TD”.

    That set the tone of the game just like it always does. Nothing will change until the officials are held accountable. Make a blatant bad call, get fined. Keep doing it, get suspended without pay. Stop allowing these officials and league office to favor a team and just hand them wins when they don’t deserve it.

  22. jcmarte23 says:
    December 15, 2019 at 4:37 pm
    Can even the Green Bay fans please take a moment to recognize how terribly one sided the refs are in your favor every week?
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    Did you watch the whole game, or just that one play? As I mentioned above, the Bears should have been penalized for a blow to the head on Rodgers on that 3rd and 15 sack near the end of the game. I know the refs are calling that this year, because the Packers have been flagged for significantly lesser helmet contact in previous games. The refs are incredibly inconsistent. It’s also funny how people say the Packers ALWAYS get away with holding. Yet, when they do get called for it, it almost always nullifies a pretty large gain.

  23. jcmarte23 says:
    December 15, 2019 at 4:37 pm
    Can even the Green Bay fans please take a moment to recognize how terribly one sided the refs are in your favor every week? That illegal hit on the punt was not only bad but is blatant and obvious cheating in GB’s favor.
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    OBVIOUS Cheating by GB would be getting caught taping an next weeks opponents sideline. There are bad calls EVERY game the ones you pay attention to and care about, and that ones you don’t… I don’t remember the Viking fans outrage when CM3 hit Cousins clean overturning an INT.

    You need to OVERCOME a tough call here and there, because there are ones MADE and missed every game… like when Adams was getting held on fourth down. It happens they get missed thats human error. At some point you need to do enough to win, and make yourself feel like a play here or there doesn’t have a huge impact of the play.

    From that point on the Bears PLENTY of oppurtunities to make plays and big ones, and win plenty of little ones to turn the tide… they didn’t.

  24. “Can even the Green Bay fans please take a moment to recognize how terribly one sided the refs are in your favor every week?”

    Yeah, like the grab of Adams’ jersey on 4th down that wasn’t called, or the push off to King that wasn’t called and gave the Bears a big gain…
    Can even Packer haters take a moment to realize that the Packers put the ball in the endzone more often and made more big plays like Lowery’s INT? Or did a ref tip that one? PFT Daycare Center here every week.

  25. 11 – 3!! Who would have thunk that in August! Not sure who said that won the division 5 weeks ago, but they didn’t lose the division either. Great, albeit ugly, win against a tough, long time, rival. I was thinking after they said this was the 200th time they played each other that I probably seen over 100 of these games. Geez I’m getting old!

  26. The packers, with this win, don’t have to beat the Vikings but just beat the Lions to win the division. LOL
    ////////
    That may be harder than you think, the Lions destroyed the Packers in Green Bay.

    How is it destroying the Packers when the Lions lost the game?

  27. Will someone please call the whambulance for all the whining in these comments!

  28. *Sigh*. There’s always next year. Once Nagy designs plays that SUIT Trubisky, uses Montgomery more as he’s actually a decent runner, and addresses the glaring need on the OL and TE. We’ll be fine!

  29. Takes the Refs and lots of luck to beat a team that will be drafting in the top ten once again for the Pack. If they make the playoffs, no doubt one and done…

  30. cinvis says:
    December 15, 2019 at 4:24 pm
    The packers, with this win, don’t have to beat the Vikings but just beat the Lions to win the division. LOL

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    And somehow the Packers always struggle against the Lions. LOL

  31. 13-3.

    It feels incredible.

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    They’re no different than last years Bears. 1 and done.

  32. Did you watch the whole game, or just that one play? As I mentioned above, the Bears should have been penalized for a blow to the head on Rodgers on that 3rd and 15 sack near the end of the game. I know the refs are calling that this year, because the Packers have been flagged for significantly lesser helmet contact in previous games. The refs are incredibly inconsistent. It’s also funny how people say the Packers ALWAYS get away with holding. Yet, when they do get called for it, it almost always nullifies a pretty large gain.

    Re: yes I watched the entire game. Come on on that holding in Adams, if you call that you call a penalty on every pass play if the game. If it was reversed on that lob to the end zone where it was questionable PI on Miller, the Packers get a PI there hands down. Also, Patterson wasn’t out of bounds on that catch that would have made it first and goal at the 2 yard line. Too close to challenge though. Between that and that punt bs call that’s a 4 and potentially another 14 point swing. Between equal teams that is HUGE. That’s the point. If the refs don’t know they should NOT call that out of bounds on Patterson or that bs penalty on the punt. That is exactly everyone’s problem with the refs in GB games… quit guessing and making call in GB’s favors and let the players decide. If you are a GB fan and can’t step back and see the problem, then you honestly are too incompetent to watch sports and comment… I do honestly hope the “calls even out over the years” as Rodgers says so GB gets hoses every game for the next 10-15 years…

  33. gopackgocausecowboysblow says:
    December 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    The packers, with this win, don’t have to beat the Vikings but just beat the Lions to win the division. LOL
    ////////
    That may be harder than you think, the Lions destroyed the Packers in Green Bay.

    How is it destroying the Packers when the Lions lost the game?
    /////////////////
    The Lions did not lose that game. The whole world witnessed it.

  34. Fraudulent
    “I still have a lot of questions about this Green Bay team. There’s not a lot of talent around Aaron Rodgers. I mean, who’s there to be really scared about? Davante Adams is good, but he’s not good to where teams want to double team him and do that. And he hasn’t been as good ever since he hurt his toe. There’s a lack of fire-power there.”

  35. I love having Rodgers on the field as a player-coach. There is no better time to learn the lesson being taught than right here, right now, on the field of play. As a fan, I feel a grateful delight having Rodgers as our quarterback.

  36. The packers, with this win, don’t have to beat the Vikings but just beat the Lions to win the division. LOL
    ////////
    That may be harder than you think, the Lions destroyed the Packers in Green Bay.

    Check the final score, that is all that matters.

  37. “If the refs don’t know they should NOT call that out of bounds on Patterson or that bs penalty on the punt.”

    Yeah, uh the ref was right along the sideline staring at Patterson’s feet. So I’m pretty sure he thought he got it right.
    And there wasn’t one flag on the punt hit, there were several.

  38. Will Indybear be on here blaming the Colts for the loss? The Colts are always on his mind , win or lose.

  39. pkrlvr says:
    December 15, 2019 at 4:27 pm
    Is there anything more pathetic than the purples constant blaming of the refs?
    ____
    Couch men thinking they are special because of the football team they like?

  40. jcmarte23 says:
    December 15, 2019 at 5:21 pm
    Did you watch the whole game, or just that one play? As I mentioned above, the Bears should have been penalized for a blow to the head on Rodgers on that 3rd and 15 sack near the end of the game. I know the refs are calling that this year, because the Packers have been flagged for significantly lesser helmet contact in previous games. The refs are incredibly inconsistent. It’s also funny how people say the Packers ALWAYS get away with holding. Yet, when they do get called for it, it almost always nullifies a pretty large gain.

    Re: yes I watched the entire game. Come on on that holding in Adams, if you call that you call a penalty on every pass play if the game. If it was reversed on that lob to the end zone where it was questionable PI on Miller, the Packers get a PI there hands down. Also, Patterson wasn’t out of bounds on that catch that would have made it first and goal at the 2 yard line. Too close to challenge though.
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    I think Patterson was out of bounds and that the Referee had a great look at it and he seemed upset at first then when the ref explained it he seemed ok with the explanation, and yes that was a hold on Adams, it seems like you are just so anti packer you can’t let it be… and how about this I will let you be the anti packer guy. You are looking at all these plays with 2 or 3 replays in slow motion…. While the refs do it live. How do you know he wasn’t out of bounds?? Oh thats right the commentators said so… who were the same commentators that bickered about the Vikings challenging the PI call until someone 3-5 minutes later real time said hey its inside two minutes its from the booth…. I am not taking their word on ANYTHING.

  41. cheeseisfattening says:
    December 15, 2019 at 4:21 pm
    I always pull for da Bears. Chicago fans are great fans and even better people.

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    Chicago fans are great fans, which is one of the reasons why the Bears are our rival, and not the Vikings.

  42. It’s almost as though no one from Minnesota saw the horrendous intentional grounding call. Rulebook clearly states it’s not IG if there is hindrance of the arm while making a throw.

  43. It is amazing to me that anytime a team gets beat by the pack,the fans instantly say the refs. To the poster that claims it as don’t agree with him we don’t know football. I coached defensive line at a high school for ten years so I think that I understand some football. WATCH the game and don’t listen to the announcers and you might see how uninformed you sound. Ever since Aaron publicly called out refs for an roughing they haven’t called many for the pack that was a blow to the head against the bears against the lions Booger claimed bad call for hands to the face and then showed the play hundreds of times but not the whole play,just the part after the ghost shot on one and the face mask on the other yet all of you sheep that claim you know football scream unfair. Watch the games uniquely for once

  44. senky3 says:
    December 15, 2019 at 6:32 pm
    It is amazing to me that anytime a team gets beat by the pack,the fans instantly say the refs. To the poster that claims it as don’t agree with him we don’t know football. I coached defensive line at a high school for ten years so I think that I understand some football. WATCH the game and don’t listen to the announcers and you might see how uninformed you sound. Ever since Aaron publicly called out refs for an roughing they haven’t called many for the pack that was a blow to the head against the bears against the lions Booger claimed bad call for hands to the face and then showed the play hundreds of times but not the whole play,just the part after the ghost shot on one and the face mask on the other yet all of you sheep that claim you know football scream unfair. Watch the games uniquely for once
    __
    Periods are your friend. Don’t be afraid of them.

  45. Your 13 time world champion Green Bay Packers. Bears have some championships. Detroit too. But that’s it from this division folks.

  46. Cheeseisfattening … your tears are sweet. You must not have any forum for you to go to except crying about the Packers. To bad.

  47. The Vikings are the best team in the NFCN and it’s not even close! No refs needed for the Vikes!

  48. As for the “intentional grounding”…

    From Rule 8, Section 2 of the NFL rulebook.

    Item 2. Physical Contact. Intentional grounding should not be called if:
    the passer initiates his passing motion toward an eligible receiver and then is significantly affected by physical contact from a defensive player that causes the pass to land in an area that is not in the direction and vicinity of an eligible receiver; or
    the passer is out of the pocket, and his passing motion is significantly affected by physical contact from a defensive player that causes the ball to land short of the line of scrimmage
    .

  49. There are three sure things in life: Death, taxes and the 2019 packers getting the benefit of any close officiating call.

    What I don’t think packers fans realize is that this is hurting your team. The 2019 packers are a middling team that’s going to be 1 and done in the playoffs. They’ve had the benefit of an incredibly weak schedule and a couple of games that were outright handed to them by the officials. This is a team with significant talent issues at multiple positions that has dropped several spots in the draft and all for a meaningless playoff appearance.

    rodgers is still very good, but no longer the same player he once was. How many years left before he hits the wall? 2? 3? In the twilight of rodgers’ career, the goal should be a super bowl. This team won’t even get a whiff of the SB this year and they moved further away because of a marshmallow schedule and zebra assistance. I guess if playoff appearances are what’s important to gb fans these days, then by all means celebrate. But with a qb like rodgers, I’d think you’d be hungrier for something more.

  50. Packers are paper tigers. They’ll lose to the vikings and beat the Lions. Then they’ll be one and done in the playoffs. Not a bad team but nowhere near what their record displays.

  51. This is a team with significant talent issues at multiple positions that has dropped several spots in the draft and all for a meaningless playoff appearance.
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    So you saying the Packers are going to now miss out on next year’s rashan gary?

  52. It’s surprising that Vikings fans keep saying one and done like it’s a bad thing, then typically that’s as far as the Vikings have ever gone (with a few outliers) and when they do it, it’s a successful season.

    The reality is: No one was expecting the Packers to get to the playoffs, you’re all shocked, and scared of what Rodgers can do in the playoffs (especially if you have to play at Lambeau.

  53. As for catch interference….

    SECTION 1 – OPPORTUNITY TO CATCH A KICK

    ARTICLE 1. INTERFERENCE
    During a scrimmage kick that crosses the line of scrimmage, or during a free kick, members of the kicking team are prohibited from interfering with any receiver making an attempt to catch the airborne kick, or from obstructing or hindering his path to the airborne kick, and regardless of whether any signal was given.

    Item 1. Contact with Receiver. It is interference if a player of the kicking team contacts the receiver, or causes a passive player of either team to contact the receiver, before or simultaneous to the receiver touching the ball.

  54. OMG….. the fans on this site who hate the Packers should all move to San Franciso and be called the San Franciso Whiners!!!!!
    Every time the Packers beat someone, it’s always the refs. It gets so old after a while, but it’s all the haters can come up with.
    Cry all you want haters, because the Packers are going to win the division again.
    Ask your mommies for your binkies so you can sleep tonight!

  55. The Bears should either cut 49 or let him sit on the bench the next time they run a last second play.

  56. > The Refs blatantly ensured the Packers won this game with the overturn of the
    > turnover on special teams by the Packers.

    Assuming the Bears profited a TD from that play with a successful PAT, da Bears still lose by one point. But hey, don’t let the facts (or the scoreboard) get in the way of your silly rant. Maybe if Chicago spent $141 million on a few playmakers rather than an overrated OLB that contributes little more than a speedbump to your defense, you might stop blaming asinine conspiracy theories for your losses.

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