Green Bay Packers (10-6) 10, Chicago Bears (11-5) 3
Sunday January 2nd 2011 (at Chicago)
(GREEN BAY) - The Packers needed one defensive stop to get into the playoffs. Nick Collins made sure it happened. Collins' interception deep in Green Bay territory helped the Packers defeat the Chicago Bears to close out the regular season in celebratory fashion. Aaron Rodgers' one-yard touchdown pass to Donald Lee in the fourth quarter was the difference, and the Packers will head to Philadelphia as the sixth seed to take on the NFC East champion Eagles. Rodgers finished with 229 yards passing, and Greg Jennings caught four passes for 97 yards to help the Packers earn back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since four straight trips from 2001-04. The Bears, with absolutely nothing to gain by playing their starters, tried to deal their arch-rival a knockout blow, but will still go into the playoffs with the No. 2 seeding and a first-round bye. Jay Cutler finished with 168 yards on 21-of-39 passing and was picked off twice, and Matt Forte ran 15 times for 91 yards in defeat. Cutler nearly directed a potential game-tying drive in the final minutes, but came up just short. Beginning from the Chicago two-yard line with just under five minutes to play, Cutler converted a 3rd-and-1 with a seven-yard pass to Greg Olsen, then scrambled for seven yards on a 3rd-and-4 to gain the 31-yard line. The two-minute warning came shortly thereafter, and the Bears moved into Green Bay territory on an 11-yard reception by Forte as the clock ticked below 1 1/2 minutes. On 3rd-and-10 from the 48, Cutler hit an open Devin Hester for a 16-yard gain, and his next pass fell incomplete near the five in an attempt to reach Devin Aromashodu. Hester was open again on the following snap, but Cutler's pass sailed high and right into the hands of Collins, sealing the outcome.
CHICAGO   -  0  3  0  0 -  3
GREEN BAY -  0  0  3  7 - 10
                         CHICAGO     GREEN BAY
First downs                   13            14
Rush-yards-TDs          20-110-0       23-60-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 21-39-168-0-2 19-28-229-1-1
Sacked-yards                6-51           2-5
Net pass yards               117           224
Total yards                  227           284
Fumbles-lost                 0-0           2-1
Turnovers                      2             2
Penalties-yards             6-46          4-30
2nd - CHI - Robbie Gould, 30-yard field goal CHICAGO 3-0
3rd - GB - Crosby, 23-yard field goal TIED 3-3
4th - GB - D. Lee, 1-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 10-3
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 7-21, James Starks 5-20, Brandon Jackson 7-19, John Kuhn 4-0
CHICAGO - Matt Forte 15-91, Chester Taylor 3-11, Jay Cutler 2-8
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 28-19-229 1 TD 1 INT
CHICAGO - Jay Cutler 39-21-168 2 INT
GREEN BAY - Donald Driver 5-41, Greg Jennings 4-97, Jordy Nelson 2-39, Brandon Jackson 2-16, James Starks 2-15, James Jones 1-8, John Kuhn 1-7, Andrew Quarless 1-5, Donald Lee 1-1 1 TD
CHICAGO - Matt Forte 8-60, Rashied Davis 7-63, Greg Olsen 5-29, Devin Hester 1-16
Packers cornerback Sam Shields hits Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox (13) as Green Bay Packers safety Charlie Peprah (26) keeps his toes in bounds and intercepts Jay Cutler in the end zone in the third quarter as the Bears fell 10-3 to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (PHOTO: Brian Cassella)