Packers clinch home-field advantage, Bears back into playoffs

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The road to the Super Bowl in the NFC goes through Green Bay.

The Packers have clinched home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win today in Chicago. The victory gives the Packers a 13-3 record on the season, the best in the conference. They’ll get a first-round playoff bye and then host their first postseason game on either January 16 or January 17.

It was an impressive game from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who may have wrapped up the league’s Most Valuable Player award. Rodgers threw four touchdown passes and no interceptions, and although he threw some passes in the second half that could have been picked, for the most part he was accurate and in control of the offense.

Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky did not play as well, although he was accurate while throwing mostly short passes in Matt Nagy’s conservative game plan. Unfortunately, once the Bears fell behind by two scores late in the fourth quarter, Trubisky took a shot downfield that was intercepted. Trubisky didn’t do enough to win, but he was far from the biggest reason the Bears lost. The Bears’ real problem was their defense just didn’t have a game plan for stopping Rodgers.

Fortunately for the Bears, the Rams beat the Cardinals. That means the Bears will make the playoffs as the NFC’s final wild card team, and they’ll be on the road against the Saints in the playoffs next weekend. And if the Bears pull the upset, they’ll be at Green Bay the next week.

46 responses to “Packers clinch home-field advantage, Bears back into playoffs

  1. Another signature win for the greatest franchise in professional sports history.

    Let the haters weep.

  2. It’s incredibly humbling to earn the #1 seed and advance once again into the 2nd round of the playoffs – especially against our great rival, the Chicago Bears.

    What a season.

  3. What the Bears owners need to look at: Another big loss to the Packers, terrible offensive playcalling, the return of Bad Mitch at QB, and a soft and slow defense playing bad schemes.

    What the Bears owners will look at: WE MADE THE PLAYOFFS!

    Result, extensions for everyone.

  4. Packers end the season with the best record in the NFC! And even though the Bears lost, it is nice to see a division opponent make the playoffs. It’s even better to see the Cryking’s on the outside looking in.

  5. They will still go 1 and out even with Home field. The annual Rodgers choke will just come a week later is all!

  6. Should have been 42-17.

    MVS has to get it together. It could cost the Packers an important game.

    Beyond that, congrats to the bears for still getting into the playoffs!

    The two best teams in the division’s history both get in!

    Good luck, unless it’s against us.

  7. Wow, MVS needs to fix those butter fingers. That dropped TD early in the 2nd half resulted in another killed drive to let another opponent back into the game.

  8. They will still go 1 and out even with Home field. The annual Rodgers choke will just come a week later is all!
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    You do realize that we went to the nfccg last year right? How is that a choke? Was Rodgers supposed to go out and stop the Mostert?

  9. The bears got in lucky so now they will bring everybody back oh my god I feel sorry for Chicago fans

  10. I wish our Vikings could be as worthy a rival to the Packers as the Bears are.

  11. Greatest team in NFL history.

    Greatest fan base in NFL history.

    It truly is, better football………

    …………for better people.

  12. Packers — #1 seed
    Matt LeFleur — Should be Coach of the Year
    Aaron Rodgers — Definitely the MVP

    It’s great to be a Packers fan. Now they can get healthier and watch the other teams battle next weekend.
    I knew the Bears would be tough today. They are a very physical team and they know the Packers as well as anyone. They will be a tough out for whomever they play next weekend.
    So congratulations to the Bears for making the playoffs, too.

  13. The worst possible outcome for the Bears as it will mean full steam ahead with Pace, Nagy, and some type of resign for “dink and dunk” Trubisky. The overpaid defense will return and it will be either impossible or super costly to retain their best receiver.

    Result: Unless Rogers gets hurt 2 more loses to the Pack next year and another 8 & 9 or 9 & 8 if they are lucky. the 1 additional game will be the lone Bears bright spot next year and mainly for the pocketbook of you know who.

  14. Aaron Rodgers posted 48 Tds. against just 5 picks in the 2020 season.
    This is only the 3rd time in NFL history a QB has reached 40+ Tds. and less than 8 interceptions.

    2016: Aaron Rodgers ……. 40 TDs., 7 Ints.

    2011: Aaron Rodgers ……. 45 Tds., 6 Ints.

  15. The offensive line without Bak performed better than expected.

    MVS wide open is a fifty-fifty jump ball. Perplexing. He seems to have trouble with balls dropping into his bread basket. At least he’s a game blocker.

    Safeties having a stretch of very good games. Saw something mentioning the roles change about a month ago but not what the change was…. but both Savage and Amos have shown up in December+.

    A legit 13-3 after a soft 13-3 of a year ago. Top flight offense. A defense suddenly showing speed. Glad for Packer playoff football.

  16. Aaron Rodgers posted 48 Tds. against just 5 picks in the 2020 season.
    This is only the 3rd time in NFL history a QB has reached 40+ Tds. and less than 8 interceptions.

    2016: Aaron Rodgers ……. 40 TDs., 7 Ints.

    2011: Aaron Rodgers ……. 45 Tds., 6 Ints.

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    Those are mind blowing numbers. Truly one of the greatest QBs of all time. Unbelievable that he has only been to 1 Super Bowl……

  17. The packers look really good going into the post season. They are going to be hard to beat if they keep playing like that.

  18. Given that an offense can do all the greatness and the defense can stink up the joint… it’s not Unbelievable, it’s sports.

  19. What do we do with Jordan Love? I say trade him and look for your qb of the future in 2 or 3 years. Rodgers looks like a guy that can play into his mid 40’s.

  20. boomboombrown says:
    January 3, 2021 at 7:25 pm
    They will still go 1 and out even with Home field. The annual Rodgers choke will just come a week later is all!

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    I think you’re boomboominthebrain!! What team do you root for that obviously didn’t make the playoffs, boomboombrain?

  21. By Bears lucking into playoffs guarantees Pace, Nagy and Trubisky all return next year. Sorry Chicago ;(

  22. Good win. Took the 3rd quarter off but giving up 16 points in the NFL this day and age is pretty good. Turner held up pretty well at LT but my heart goes out to Bahk. Only chance the Bears really had was to dink and dunk and they actually did it pretty well for 3 quarters. I believe in all my heart that Trubiskly is well worth a multi year extension

  23. vikingprideforever says:
    January 3, 2021 at 8:12 pm
    Aaron Rodgers posted 48 Tds. against just 5 picks in the 2020 season.
    This is only the 3rd time in NFL history a QB has reached 40+ Tds. and less than 8 interceptions.

    2016: Aaron Rodgers ……. 40 TDs., 7 Ints.

    2011: Aaron Rodgers ……. 45 Tds., 6 Ints.

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    Those are mind blowing numbers. Truly one of the greatest QBs of all time. Unbelievable that he has only been to 1 Super Bowl……
    ***********
    You’re absolutely right, even further proof that football is the ultimate team sport, where championship success depends on many quality personnel, overall health and even a little bit of luck.

    Even harder to believe an entire franchise can go 60 years without winning one.
    40+ years without coming close enough to even sniff one. 🤣

  24. hogbuster7 says:
    January 3, 2021 at 8:31 pm
    What do we do with Jordan Love? I say trade him and look for your qb of the future in 2 or 3 years. Rodgers looks like a guy that can play into his mid 40’s.

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    You don’t trade a guy you drafted with your #1 pick who hasn’t even played in meaningful games yet. That’s utter nonsense.
    Why? Because who is going to give you anything for a guy whose career so far is as a clip board holder? I mean, have a clue, will you? Did you say the same things about Rodgers when he was sitting behind Favre for 3 years?

  25. Greatest franchise? Don’t make us laugh. Look at Dallas, Pittsburgh and Patriots. Not even close. Don’t be too excited, Rodgers will choke in playoffs again. Watch.

  26. Rodgers looked dazed briefly after that sack. What Pagano has done to the Bears defense should be studied and documented for future generations to learn from.

    It’s great to see the Bears eek into the playoffs but this team is laughable.

  27. I love it – Rodgers laughed at the Vikings and their fans in his post game interview.

  28. Once again, The Green Bay Packers show they’re the standard in the NFCN. One day, my vikings will have a QB as good as Rodgers. I hope.

  29. mikeyb says:
    January 3, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    You don’t trade a guy you drafted with your #1 pick who hasn’t even played in meaningful games yet. That’s utter nonsense.
    Why? Because who is going to give you anything for a guy whose career so far is as a clip board holder? I mean, have a clue, will you?….:

    +++++++++++

    I think you’d be surprised on what trade value he’d bring.
    *IF* he became trade bait and any good prospective QB’s have been drafted already, I believe there would be quite a few teams in line looking to trade for him. He’s a first round QB who sat behind one of the greatest QB’s the game has ever seen. He’s had the luxury of learning for a year (or two). That’s something that teams who go into a “win now” mode don’t have the luxury of.
    If Rodgers produces at this level for the next 2-3 years, I certainly see Love getting traded for two future 1st round picks to a team that is desperate. Now I personally believe that a trade like that would be foolish for the receiving team, but desperate GM’s have done worse and GB has a history of taking advantage of those teams.

  30. Matt’s gonna have to explain to Mrs Lefleur that it’s not normal for nfl coaches to be home for dinner during week 18. That family is getting spoiled.

  31. My Bears are a mess. I’m not sad about being in the playoffs, even failing into them – don’t think missing them would have been any better. We need to clean house at the top. The Packers look like a top team, unlike ours. I’m not sure what has happened to our defense. No mystery about Trubisky for us – he is what he is, a mediocre QB that will do good and bad things. The Packers deserve the #1 seed this year. I will still be hate-watching for them to have a quick exit 😉

  32. Those are mind blowing numbers. Truly one of the greatest QBs of all time. Unbelievable that he has only been to 1 Super Bowl……
    ***********
    You’re absolutely right, even further proof that football is the ultimate team sport, where championship success depends on many quality personnel, overall health and even a little bit of luck.

    ______________________________________________________

    Spot on analysis. Without a lucky D Jackson punt return TD, Rodgers wouldn’t have a championship. If GB had had better quality personnel in the front office and on the field over the last 25 years they would have more than 2 championships during the Favre/Rogers era.

  33. Don’t let the score fool you. This was an extremely close game that could have easily gone the other way. The Green Bay offense once again stalled out in the third quarter with a three-and-out and the next best thing on its only two possessions, while the Bears were successfully replicating the gameplan from the second Packers-Vikings game.

    The Green Bay defense was gassed–if Chicago hadn’t inexplicably abandoned the run on that last fourth down, they probably score a touchdown on that drive. The pressure would have all been on the Packers, and regardless of how the next Green Bay drive went, it wouldn’t have been a two-score game, which was what led to Trubisky forcing the ball downfield and throwing the game-sealing INT.

    If the Bears can get past the Saints, these two teams will be playing each other again in two weeks. It’s very hard to beat the same team three times in one season, and Chicago is the one team in the NFC bracket that wouldn’t be affected by the elements at Lambeau. With how this one went, it’s not hard to envision the Bears knocking the Packers out of the playoffs.

  34. The fortune-tellers coming soon with predictions of the Packers going one-and-done are already too late. The Packers already accomplished the bye, which was round one. Now, it’s on to the second round.

  35. George McMediocre is just waiting to hand out coaching extensions for the Pace & Nagy clown show. And the rest of the NFC North applauds heartily…..

  36. As a Bears fan I just want to remind all the negative Packer fans that the purpose of the NFL each year (31 teams don’t win the Super Bowl every year) is to entertain their fans. The Packers do that while the Bears mostly do not. More of the same headed our way next but we will still tune in.

  37. Can you imagine what kind of game this would’ve been with Mahomes leading the Bears.

  38. I lost count of how many times Trubisky rolled out and threw it 5 yards. Why don’t they let him use his legs more often?Terrible playcalling…the Bears will be one and done at this rate. They are boring to watch. The Packers weren’t even challenged.

  39. I am very concerned about the loss of Bakhtiari. Aaron got hit quite a few times and seemed out of it after a few of them. With the teams we have to go through, and their defences, Aaron getting plowed into the turf ala Barr is a very good possibility. I think we need to keep a TE and RB behind left tackle to double and triple team or this will be a short lived playoff.

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