The matchup this past Sunday between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears saw one team clinch a playoff berth and one team eliminated from playoff contention. And for the Bears, it was the former. With the Bears 24-17 win over the Packers, they clinched the NFC North and their first playoff berth since 2010. The Packers, however, are officially eliminated from the playoffs with the loss.
Bear’s QB Mitchell Trubisky went 20/28 for 235 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Allen Robinson caught three passes for 54 yards on the day. Defensively, Khalil Mack had six tackles and two and a half sacks.
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For the Packers, QB Aaron Rodgers struggled. He went 25/42 for 274 yards and one interception. Davante Adams caught eight passes for 119 yards. The Packers were not efficient in the red zone, only scoring on one of four attempts.
Rodgers failing to throw a touchdown pass for the first time this season, coupled with their seventh away loss of the season, exemplifies the Packers under-achieving season. Having fired their head coach two game ago, the Packers have not shown much improvement.
As for the Bears, they continue their surprising season. In the beginning of the season, not many people would have guessed the Bears would win at least 10 games and win the division. They still remain in contention for one of the NFC byes, with two games remaining this regular season.
Packers: Visit the New York Jets on Dec. 23.
Bears: Head to the bay to face San Francisco on Dec. 23.