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Packers clinch bye with win over Bears

The Green Bay Packers will get a well-deserved week off after defeating the Chicago Bears on Sunday 35-16 at Soldier Field.


The first drive for both teams was long and methodical with the Bears capping theirs with a two-yard touchdown run by David Montgomery and the Packers finishing theirs with a three yard score to Robert Tonyan. Those two drives took up the entire first quarter and then some. The Bears would not reach the end zone again as Cairo Santos would kick two field goals in the second quarter and one in the third. The Packers meanwhile were able to punch it in during a decisive second quarter that saw Marques Valdes-Scantling haul in a 72-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers and Dominique Dafney catch another score from 13 yards out. Santos' leg would get the Bears to within five points, but the Packers added two touchdowns to seal the game for the Packers. Aaron Jones ran one touchdown in from four yards out and Rodgers threw his fourth score of the game to Davante Adams with under three minutes remaining. Rodgers threw for 240 yards and four touchdowns, which helped guide him to his best seasons for completion percentage (70.7 percent) and touchdowns (48) in a season. Adams also entered the record books with a franchise-best 115 catches after bringing in six catches for 46 yards. He also ended up tying Sharpe for the most touchdown passes caught by one receiver in Packers history with 18 and 145 yards shy of passing Jordy Nelson.


The Packers will now have to wait a week to find out who they will play. It could be the Bears, which snuck into the playoff thanks to the Los Angeles Rams beating the Arizona Cardinals. They will travel to New Orleans to face the second-seeded Saints.

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