The Green Bay Packers [13-6] traveled to Illinois to take on the Chicago Bears [12-6] in the NFC Championship Game. The result was a surprising and stinging 21-14 routing of the home team, who failed to put anything on the scoreboard until the second half. It was a dream come true for QB Aaron Rodgers and his Packers. They clinched a Super Bowl berth with an impressive effort from the team as a whole. With the Pittsburgh Steelers beating the New York Jets in the AFC Championship Game, it will be Breen Bay vs. Pittsburgh in this year’s Super Bowl XLV. Odds.
Rodgers proved critical to the Packers’ success in their 182nd game against the Bears. Even though his 55.4 passer rating was his worst of the season, he also ran in a touchdown for the team’s first score, made a TD-saving tackle and was better than three Chicago quarterbacks combined. Rodgers finished 17 of 30 for 244 yards, a TD and an interception while keeping the Bears’ defense in constant confusion. Green Bay’s defense and rushing game were also stars in this game. D-Coordinator Dom Capers directed the defense into holding Chicago into a 45.2 passer rating and eliminating QB Jay Cutler from the game for good. WR Greg Jennings bettered Chicago’s cover-2 with 81 yards on 25 carries to earn the title of player of the game. With a 1-yard run TD from Rodgers in the first and a 4-yard run TD by James Starks in the second, Green Bay was up 14-0 at the half. Although the Bears attempted to rally in the fourth, an 18-yard interception return by B.J. Raji with 6:04 left on the clock and a steady foundation allowed the Packers to win the game. Scores.
Oddly enough, the Bears’ game only got rolling when Cutler left in the third with a knee injury. Still, primary backup Todd Collins failed to produce much of anything for Chicago either, so third string Caleb Hanie took a stand. The rookie brought the Bears to within 7 points twice in the fourth, but was unable to rally the team to victory. He finished with 13 of 20 for 152 yards, a TD and two interceptions, including one on his last pass of the game with Chicago facing a fourth down. Overall, the team appeared to be unprepared. Follow all the hard-hitting action of the NFL at www.scoresandodds.com, where the best online betting information can be found. Las Vegas odds.
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