Green Bay Packers (13-6) 21, Chicago Bears (12-6) 14
NFC CHAMPIONSHIP - Sunday January 23rd 2011 (at Chicago)
(CHICAGO) - Aaron Rodgers was perfect on two first-half scoring drives, nose tackle B.J. Raji scored on an interception return in the fourth quarter and the Green Bay Packers held on to beat the Chicago Bears to win the NFC Championship. Rodgers, who finished with 244 yards passing, rushed for a one-yard touchdown on the game's opening drive to give the Packers a lead they would never relinquish -- even as the game grew tight in the second half. Down to third-string quarterback Caleb Hanie, Chicago rallied for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Hanie also had the Bears in Green Bay territory inside the final minute, but was intercepted on a fourth down pass by Packers cornerback Sam Shields, ending the game. The first playoff meeting between the longtime rivals in more than 69 years came to a more dramatic end than could have been expected after starting Bears quarterback Jay Cutler left the game at the start of the third quarter. Green Bay moved on to its first Super Bowl in 13 years. The Packers were only the second team ever to win three road games to make the Super Bowl. They also joined the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers as the only sixth seeds to advance to the Super Bowl Rodgers was 17-of-30 with two interceptions, doing most of his damage in the first half. James Starks rushed 22 times for 74 yards and a touchdown in the second quarter that gave the Packers a 14-0 halftime lead, and Greg Jennings caught eight passes for 130 yards in the win. Cutler threw one pass in the second half, knocked out of the game by a knee injury that Chicago head coach Lovie Smith said he suffered at the end of the first half. Backup Todd Collins failed to complete any of his four passes before giving way to Hanie. Once the third-stringer was in, Cutler was no longer able to return. Hanie, surprised as anyone that the Bears needed his services in such a big spot, was 13-of-20 for 153 yards and led both Chicago scoring drives. Hanie threw a 32-yard pass to Johnny Knox on his first series, setting up Chester Taylor's one-yard touchdown run to get the Bears within 14-7 early in the fourth quarter. But he didn't see the 330-pound Raji on a short pass intended for Matt Forte, and the Packers lineman stepped in front of the pass and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown and 21-7 Packers lead. Hanie and Earl Bennett connected on a 35-yard touchdown pass four plays into the next drive, getting the Bears within seven points with 4:43 remaining in the game. But, looking deep for Knox, Hanie was intercepted on a fourth-down pass in the final minute by Shields, who scampered back near midfield. Rodgers kneeled to end the game. Urlacher intercepted Rodgers at the Chicago six-yard line in the third quarter, keeping potential points off the board. And he could have returned it for a touchdown -- except Rodgers hustled to trip him up near midfield. Indeed, in the biggest game of the NFL's oldest rivalry, the Packers seemed to have the best player on the field. Rodgers proved that much during Green Bay's 84-yard scoring drive to open the game. He completed all four of his passes for 76 yards, hitting Jennings for 22 yards and 26 yards on the first two plays. He also found Starks for a six- yarder and hit Jordy Nelson for 22 yards. The Packers scored on the seventh play, with Rodgers scrambling around the left side of his line and reaching inside the pylon to make it 7-0. Rodgers was 10-of-15 for 156 yards in the first half. Along with Starks, he led Green Bay's other first-half scoring drive early in the second quarter. He threw two passes on the drive -- 16 yards to Brandon Jackson and 15 yards to Nelson -- and Starks capped the brief 44-yard jaunt by stretching the ball over the goal line on a four-yard run to make it 14-0. With less than eight minutes to play in the half, the Bears passed on a 48- yard field goal attempt for a punt that netted them only 11 yards in field position. Indeed, nothing much went Chicago's way in the first half. Forte stood out. He carried the ball eight times for just 28 yards, but also caught four passes for 44 yards. His biggest contribution, though, may have been recovering a fumble at the Bears' 23 after Cutler was stripped by Shields. Rodgers was intercepted on the ensuing Packers possession -- his low pass bounced off Donald Driver's foot and Lance Briggs was there to grab it. But Cutler threw an interception two plays later, with Shields diving for a pass intended for Knox. 
GREEN BAY -  7  7  0  7 - 21
CHICAGO   -  0  0  0 14 - 14
                       GREEN BAY       CHICAGO
First downs                   23            17
Rush-yards-TDs          32-120-2       24-83-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 17-30-244-0-2 19-38-233-1-3
Sacked-yards                 1-8          2-15
Net pass yards               236           218
Total yards                  356           301
Fumbles-lost                 2-0           1-0
Turnovers                      2             3
Penalties-yards             6-40          9-89
SCORING
1st - GB - Rodgers, 1-yard run (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - GB - Starks, 4-yard run (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
4th - CHI - Chester Taylor, 1-yard run (Robbie Gould kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
4th - GB - Raji, 18-yard interception return (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 21-7
4th - CHI - Earl Bennett, 35-yard pass from Caleb Hanie (Gould kick) GREEN BAY 21-14
​RUSHING
GREEN BAY - James Starks 22-74 1 TD, Aaron Rodgers 7-39 1 TD, Brandon Jackson 2-5, John Kuhn 1-2
CHICAGO - Matt Forte 17-70, Jay Cutler 2-10, Caleb Hanie 1-3, Chester Taylor 3-2 1 TD, Earl Bennett 1-(-2)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 30-17-244 2 INT
CHICAGO - Jay Cutler 14-6-80 1 INT, Todd Collins 4-0-0, Caleb Hanie 20-13-153 1 TD 2 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Greg Jennings 8-130, Jordy Nelson 4-67, Brandon Jackson 1-16, James Jones 1-10, Donald Driver 1-9, John Kuhn 1-6, James Starks 1-6
CHICAGO - Matt Forte 10-90, Earl Bennett 3-45 1 TD, Greg Olsen 3-30, Johnny Knox 2-56, Chester Taylor 1-12
ABOVE - Nick Collins (36), Clay Matthews (52) and the Packers defense shut out Greg Olsen and the Bears for the first three quarters of Sunday's NFC Championship and hold on for a 21-14 victory.
BELOW - B.R. Raji rumbles into the end zone to put Green Bay up 21-7.