Recap: Packers Defeat Bears and Secure Home Field Advantage

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 25: James Jones #89 of the Green Bay Packers does the Lambeau leap after catching a touchdown during the first half against the Chicago Bears on December 25, 2011 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

While the Green Bay Packers never trailed Sunday night against the Bears, it was a frustrating night for the defense. The Packers showed off their poor run defense, and made the Bears offense (led by their 4th string QB and their 3rd string RB) look pretty good in the process. The Bears controlled on time of possession, and managed 441 yards of offense. It was not at all what I expected, but the Packers were thin on the defensive line, and it showed early when the Bears had most of their success on the ground.

However, as in most games this season, the Bears had two turnovers while the Packers had none. And the offense, despite a dry spell late in the first quarter, early in the second quarter, was nearly unstoppable. They scored on all five possessions near the end zone. This was an impressive game against any opponent, but Aaron Rodgers had some struggles last season against the Bears. He didn't have any problems with them in this game. He threw two TD passes each to Jordy Nelson and James Jones.

There weren't a lot of players making plays on defense, but Clay Matthews forced a fumble and intercepted a pass. He was as disruptive as ever, and the Bears even had problems running to his side of the field.

With the win, the 14-1 Packers secured home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Another milestone in the game: Donald Driver went over 10000 career receiving yards.

With the loss, the Chicago Bears are eliminated from playoff contention. More on this game at Windy City Gridiron.

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