Packers 33, Bears 28

Packers receiver Randall Cobb dives into the end zone with the winning and division-clinching TD catch in the final minute.

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Packers receiver Randall Cobb dives into the end zone with the winning and division-clinching TD catch in the final minute.

CHICAGO — Aaron Rodgers is back leading the Packers and that could be bad news for every other playoff team.

He returned from a broken collarbone and is taking aim at a postseason run, even if it took one big pass to get there.

Rodgers fired a 48-yard touchdown to Randall Cobb in the final minute, and the Packers beat the Bears 33-28 to capture the NFC North on Sunday.

"This is a special group of guys who've been through a lot," Rodgers said. "It's been a rollercoaster."

Back after missing seven games with a broken left collarbone, Rodgers found a wide-open Cobb on fourth and 8 to wipe out a one-point deficit with 38 seconds left.

"To be in that moment at the end of the game and have that opportunity, it's a blessing," Cobb said.

The Bears had one final drive, but Packers cornerback Sam Shields intercepted Jay Cutler's deep pass to Alshon Jeffery on the final play.

That gave the Packers their third straight division title and fifth playoff spot in a row. It also kept Chicago out of the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years.

Green Bay hosts San Francisco Sunday in the wild-card round.

Chicago receiver Brandon Marshall spun away from cornerback Tramon Williams in the end zone on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 28-20. But Green Bay answered with a touchdown drive.

Eddie Lacy ran in from the 6 after a 22-yard pass to Andrew Quarless went through safety Chris Conte's hands, making it a one-point game.

Then, on the winning drive, Green Bay converted twice on fourth and 1 before Rodgers eluded pressure and unleashed that winning pass to Cobb.

A block by John Kuhn on Julius Peppers helped Rodgers roll to the edge and find Cobb by himself down the field.

"We had a blitz on," Bears coach Marc Trestman said. "We lost an edge. Aaron was able to get outside. Once he got outside things happen. When you've got a zero blitz on things can happen. And we just lost coverage with our eyes in the backfield."

Rodgers was intercepted on the Packers' first two drives but threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns in his first appearance since he was injured in a loss to Chicago on Nov. 4.


Packers 33, Bears 28 12/29/13 [Last modified: Sunday, December 29, 2013 10:43pm]

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