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Packers Beat Bears To Clinch NFC North 12/16/12

Packers Beat Bears To Clinch NFC North 21-13
Packers Beat Bears To Clinch NFC North 21-13.

The Packers got a big-time performance from a role player and pulled off a big win on the road to clinch their second straight NFC North crown.

James Jones hauled in all three of Aaron Rodgers' touchdown passes and the Packers scored 21 straight points after the Bears took an early lead. Rodgers was good as well, throwing for 291 yards and avoiding turning the ball over.

The Bears took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter when Brandon Marshall broke a couple of tackles and scored a 15 yard touchdown, but it was all Green Bay from that point forward. Rodgers responded on the next drive, which ended with Rodgers hitting Jones in stride down the right sideline. Jones appeared to win the matchup with Bears defensive back Kelvin Hayden, who was starting in place of the injured Tim Jennings.

Rookie Casey Hayward intercepted Cutler later in the second quarter, and Rodgers was able to capitalize on the turnover, finding Jones on a quick slant route to make it 14-7. The Packers never trailed from that point on.

Green Bay has clinched a playoff spot with it's division crown, but can still secure a first round bye. The Packers host the Tennessee Titans next weekend before ending their season at Minnesota.
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