NFL: Packers defeat Bears 21-13
Chicago • With one championship under their belt, the Green Bay Packers are already eyeing a few others.
Aaron Rodgers connected with James Jones on all three touchdowns, Clay Matthews continued his dominance of Jay Cutler with two more sacks, and Green Bay clinched its second straight NFC North title with a 21-13 victory over the archrival Chicago Bears on Sunday.
After starting the season 2-3, the Packers are showing signs they might have a run in them like the one that carried them to the Super Bowl title two years ago. They have assured themselves of a home playoff game and, at 10-4, are still in the running for the No. 2 seed in the NFC. "We're just getting started," coach Mike McCarthy said. "We feel that way as a football team. We feel there's a lot better football in front of us."
Chicago, meanwhile, continues to slide. This was the Bears' fifth loss in six games, and they're in danger of missing the playoffs after beginning the season 7-1. Chicago (8-6) lost ground in the race for the last wild-card spot, and fans at Soldier Field showered the team with boos for much of the game.
Cutler had another dismal day against the Packers, throwing an interception that led to the game-winning TD. Alshon Jeffery was whistled for three offensive pass interference calls, all late in the second half when the Bears were scratching to get something going.
Marshall had Chicago's only touchdown, but had just 56 yards receiving. The Bears were held to 67 yards of offense in the second half and finished with 190.
"Everybody involved in this offense should be held accountable, even if that means jobs," said Marshall, who struggled to compose himself as he spoke before cutting short his postgame interview. "It's been this way all year. There's no excuse. We still have two games left. There's still hope, but at the same time, we need to be held accountable." Packers 21,Bears 13
Green Bay 0 14 7 0 21
Chicago 0 7 3 3 13
Chi • Marshall 15 pass from Cutler (Mare kick), 8:03.
GB • J.Jones 29 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick), 4:19.
GB • J.Jones 8 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick), :28.
GB • J.Jones 6 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick), 8:08.
Chi • FG Mare 34, :12.
Chi • FG Mare 34, 7:04.
Attendance • 62,534.
First downs 20 12
Total Net Yards 391 190
Rushes-yards 32-113 23-83
Passing 278 107
Punt Returns 3-(-2) 3-42
Kickoff Returns 2-37 2-63
Interceptions Ret. 1-24 0-0
Comp-Att-Int 23-36-0 12-21-1
Sacked-Yards Lost 3-13 4-28
Punts 5-41.6 6-39.8
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 2-0
Penalties-yards 8-104 10-91
Time of Possession 33:23 26:37
Rushing • Green Bay, Green 13-35, Grant 8-32, Harris 5-27, Rodgers 4-14, Kuhn 2-5. Chicago, Forte 20-69, Cutler 1-9, Allen 2-5.
Passing • Green Bay, Rodgers 23-36-0-291. Chicago, Cutler 12-21-1-135.
Receiving • Green Bay, Cobb 6-115, Finley 5-61, J.Jones 5-60, G.Jennings 4-50, Green 2-6, Rodgers 1-(minus 1). Chicago, Marshall 6-56, Forte 5-64, Allen 1-15.
Missed Field Goals • Green Bay, Crosby 43 (WR), 42 (WL).