Green Bay Packers Beat Bears, Win NFC NorthBy: Tobias Roth - December 30, 2013
In a series of unexpected events over the past few weeks, the Green Bay Packers were somehow able to be put into a position to win their final game of the season, and send them to the playoffs.
Due to the loss that the Bears suffered in week 16, the winner of the final game between the two teams would win the NFC North, and subsequently send them to the playoffs.
The Green Bay Packers had been playing without their star player, Aaron Rodgers, for much of the 2013 season, but they had him back for their final game against the Bears.
As most people will remember, it was a game against the Bears in an intense Monday Night Football match-up that forced Aaron Rodgers to leave the game with a broken collarbone. He was forced to miss the previous seven games, and the Packers suffered because of it.
Whether or not having Aaron Rodgers back will be able to make a difference for the Packers as they head into the playoffs will have to be determined next week. However, it certainly helped against the Bears, who were also struggling, but wanted a spot in the playoffs.
After a variety of NFL playoff scenarios that were revealed last week, the playoffs are finally set, and the Green Bay Packers have secured a spot, and will play against the San Francisco 49ers.
The Packers won on a long touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Randall Cobb, a 48-yard pass that came in the final minute of the game. The late touchdown gave the Packers a spot in the playoffs, and after going back and forth in scoring throughout the game, they took the lead for the final time, and secured the game with a final score of 33-28.
Randall Cobb, who caught the winning touchdown, said “To be in that moment at the end of the game and have that opportunity, it’s a blessing.” He only caught two passes in the game, but both were for touchdowns, and he had also missed several games due to an injury.
With the 49ers are currently on a 6-game winning streak, and being led by Colin Kaepernick, who led them to victory last week, earning the third spot in the playoffs, it will be a tough match-up for the beat up Packers.
In their next game, the Green Bay Packers will be forced to play the San Francisco 49ers in the wild card round of the playoffs. The Packers are likely to still have a bad taste in their mouth from the last time that they played the 49ers in the playoffs, when the 49ers beat them, and later advanced to the Super Bowl last year.
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