Packers defeat Bears 35-16, clinch top seed in NFC playoffs
CHICAGO (WSAW) -With the top seed in the NFC playoffs on the line, the Packers defeat the Bears 35-16. Green Bay clinches home field advantage, and guarantee the path to the Super Bowl through the NFC will come through Lambeau Field.
The Bears started off the game in ideal fashion, going 60 yards in 14 plays on their first drive, capped off by a two-yard touchdown by David Montgomery that put Chicago up 7-0.
Green Bay had an answer on their first drive. A Robert Tonyan touchdown catch from Aaron Rodgers finished a 12-play, 80-yard drive to tie the game at 7. Tonyan’s 11th touchdown tied a franchise record for most by a tight end in a single season.
The Packers defense came up with a stop on the next Chicago drive, but Tavon Austin fumbled a punt to set the Bears up inside the Green Bay 25-yard line. The Packers defense came up big once again, holding Chicago to a field goal which gave them a 10-7 lead.
Rodgers tied a career high with his 45th TD pass of the season to Tonyan, then broke it with #46 to Marquez Valdes-Scantling on third down early in the second quarter. Valdes-Scantling went 72 yards to the house for his sixth score of the season.
Jaire Alexander forced a fumble on Bears tight end Cole Kmet on the Bears next possession to set the Packers up with great field position. Rodgers continued his ridiculous first half with a 13-yard score to Dominique Dafney, the first of Dafney’s career.
The Packers first two drives in the second half resulted in punts. The Bears kicked a field goal in the third quarter to make it a 21-16 lead.
A long Chicago drive with a chance to give them the lead was stopped when the Packers stood tall on fourth and one early in the fourth quarter deep in Green Bay territory.
After that stop, the Packers put the dagger in the Bears with a 12-play, 76-yard drive that saw Aaron Jones score his 11th total touchdown of the season with a four-yard run.
An Adrian Amos interception basically extinguished any thought of a Bears comeback, and Davante Adams’ 18th touchdown catch of the season gave the Packers a 35-16 lead. Adams tied Sterling Sharpe for the most touchdown catches in a single season in franchise history. Adams’ six catches also give him the record for most in a single season in team history as well with 115.
The Packers will have next weekend off before hosting an undetermined opponent at Lambeau Field two weekends from now.
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