CHICAGO, Ill. (WTAQ) - It wasn't pretty, but the Green Bay Packers have punched their ticket to Super Bowl XLV with a 21-14 victory over the rival Chicago Bears at Soldier Field Sunday.
The win was sealed by Sam Shields' 2nd interception of the day, stepping in front of a Caleb Hanie pass intended for Johnny Knox, as the Bears drove with just over a minute to play for a tying score.
Hanie entered the game, following a knee injury to starting QB Jay Cutler forced him out early in the 3rd quarter, and Todd Collins was ineffective on 2 drives. Hanie finished the game 13-of-20 for 153 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions.
The other interception was returned 18 yards by B.J. Raji for a touchdown, giving the Packers a 21-7 lead in that final quarter.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers finished the game 17-of-30 for 244 yards, with 1 rushing touchdown, 0 passing TD's and 2 interceptions.
Wide receiver Greg Jennings caught 8 passes for 130 yards, and running back James Starks carried the ball 22 times for 74 yards and a TD.
This marks the Packers 5th-ever visit to the Super Bowl, which this year will take place at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday February 6th.
The green and gold will face the winner the Pittsburgh Steelers, who defeated the New York Jets 24-19 in the AFC Championship Game.
For a complete recap and a look ahead to Super Bowl XLV, tune in to the 5th Quarter with Mark Daniels and Nick Vitrano Monday at 5 p.m. exclusively on 97.5/1360 News Talk WTAQ.