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Packers Advance To Playoffs


Green Bay, Wis. (WHBL-Learfield) - The Green Bay Packers will play at Philadelphia at 3:30 next Sunday afternoon in the first round of the N-F-C playoffs. The Packers earned the sixth-and-final seed yesterday with a 10-to-3 victory over the Chicago Bears in their regular season finale at a cold Lambeau Field. Aaron Rodgers broke a 3-3 tie by throwing a one-yard touchdown pass to Donald Lee with 12:42 left. But the Packer defense was the story of this game, as Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler was sacked six times. Third-year linebacker Eric Walden had two of those sacks, and he led the Packers with 11 tackles. Nick Collins sealed the victory by intercepting a Cutler pass in the final minute, as the Bears were threatening to at least tie the game. Cutler was picked off twice on the day, as he threw for 168 yards. Matt Forte ran for 91 yards. He was also the Bears’ leading receiver with eight catches for 60 yards. Rodgers completed 19-of-28 passes for 229 yards, his touchdown, and a pick. He was also the team’s top rusher with seven carries for 21 yards, as the Packers were outgained on the ground 110 yards to 60. Donald Driver caught five passes for 41 yards. The Pack had the edge in total yards, 284-to-227. They were called for four penalties – all of them by rookie tackle Bryan Bulaga, who had two holding calls and a pair of false starts.

Chicago secured the number-two N-F-C playoff spot and a first-round bye. And they had nothing to gain by playing its starters against the Packers. But they went the entire game as they tried-but-failed to sweep Green Bay, and become the first team since the 2002 division re-alignments to go 6-and-0 against the N-F-C North. The Bears ended up 11-and-5 overall. Green Bay is 10-and-6, and is making back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since 2004.