The Road to the Super Bowl Goes Through Green Bay
The Green Bay Packers can cross another thing off their list with their dominating victory over the Bears on Christmas Night, Homefield Advantage. The Packers beat the Bears 35-21 and gave Packer fans all over a happy ending to a great Christmas. With the victory the Packers notched their 14 victory of the season, a team record for most wins in a regular season, and also assured themselves of playing at home for their playoff run. The Packers have now won 12 straight games at Lambeau Field and have won 17 of the last 18 on the frozen tundra.
The Packers started off extremely fast with a 5 minute drive that resulted in an Aaron Rodgers to Jermicheal Finley touchdown pass and put the Packers up 7-0. Rodgers was 8 for 8 on the drive and looked like he shook off the rust he had the week earlier against the Chiefs. After the first drive the Packers offense feel into a deep sleep and could not move the ball at all. The offense was plagued with drops again during the first half and Jermicheal Finley did not catch another pass the rest of the game after catching three on the opening drive including his touchdown.
The Bears came out and had the same blueprint the Chiefs had the week before, run the ball and control the clock. The Bears had 60 yards rushing on their first drive and they never stopped running the ball. They were able to move the ball really effectively but they stubbed their toe with a number of penalties and bad decisions from quarterback Josh McCown, starting his first game since 2007. The Bears had the ball down to inside the Packers 30 yard line but McCown threw a bad interception to Clay Matthews. The Bears were finally able to get on the board with two minutes to go in the first half with a 35 yard Robbie Gould field goal.
The Packers offense finally woke up in the final two minutes of the first half and Rodgers led the team down and got them into the end zone with 16 seconds remaining on a pass to James Jones. The Packers went into the half with confidence and regained the momentum with a 14-3 lead. In the second half the offense remained hot. After the Bears took the opening possession of the second half and scored to trim the lead back to 4, the Packers didn’t take long to answer. Rodgers executed a perfect play action pass and had all day to throw the ball. He looked down field and saw Jordy Nelson running wide open and fired a laser that hit Nelson in the end zone and Rodgers third touchdown of the game.
Rodgers would end up throwing five touchdowns for the game with Nelson and Jones getting another one. At one point the offense scored a touchdown on four straight possessions and looked scary good. The Packers defense continued to struggle all game and gave up almost 200 yards rushing. They were able to cause two turnovers but that was the only real bright spot for the D. For the offense of course Rodgers was a great bright spot but you have to give a lot of credit to the offense line who did not give up a sack, after giving up 8 sacks against the Raiders and the Chiefs.
The Packers head into their final game of the regular season with everything clinched and should be able to rest some guys for the playoffs. They will be playing the 10-5 Detroit Lions who clinched a playoff berth on Saturday with a 38 to 10 victory over the Chargers and are in the playoffs for the first time since 1999. The Lions are looking for their first win in Wisconsin since 1991.