The return of former NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers to the lineup for the Green Bay Packers against the Chicago Bears was exactly what the doctor ordered as the Packers defeated the Bears to win the NFC North on a Rodgers touchdown pass to Randall Cobb with 46 seconds remaining.
Facing a fourth and eight from the Bears 48, Rodgers eluded the Bears rush and found a wide-open Cobb, who also made his return to the lineup since being injured in the Oct. 13 game vs. the Baltimore Ravens, and dashed the Bears hopes of the postseason.
The catch by Cobb capped a 15-play drive that covered 87 yards in 5:46 and saw the Packers convert on three fourth downs. Rodgers finished with 318 yards on 25/39 passing and two touchdowns and two interceptions (both in the first half). and didn’t look rusty in the slightest after the long layoff.
Jordy Nelson led the Packers with 10 receptions for 161 yards while James Starks and Eddie Lacy ran for a combined 154 yards.
Matt Forte led the Bears offensive attack with 110 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries and added four receptions for 44 yards and another touchdown.
Pending free agent quarterback, Jay Cutler, playing in what could be his final game as a member of the Bears threw an interception in the end zone to end the game and perhaps his Bears career.
Cutler is 1-8 as a member of the Bears against the Packers.