It was high-stakes football in the regular season finale for the Green Bay Packers. A win and they would secure: the 1-seed in the NFC, home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, and a first-round bye. Their opponents, the Chicago Bears, were fighting just to get into postseason. This was a must-win for both clubs, but ultimately the Packers won, 35-16. Green Bay showcased exactly why they will be a tough out in the NFL Playoffs.
The Bears came into the game with a solid gameplan; sustain long drives, score touchdowns, keep Aaron Rodgers and that potent Packers offense on the sideline as long as possible, and play tough defense. It was a formula that kept Chicago in the game through the third quarter, despite explosive plays made by Green Bay.
Despite the clock-eating drives and (semi-tough) defense from the Bears, the Packers persisted. After a Chicago field goal made it a 21-16 game, Green Bay decided to close things out. The offense put up 14 points in the fourth quarter and the defense shut Chicago out.
Green Bay were out possessed 35:29 – 24:31, yet made the most of every possession. All five of their scoring drives, went for touchdowns. If teams are going to play the limit possessions game, they’d better make sure their defense keeps this team out of the end zone.
Speaking of keeping teams out of the end zone, the Packers did an excellent job of this versus Chicago. After David Montgomery hit paydirt in the first quarter, the Bears would not score another touchdown in the game. Throw in a couple of forced turnovers, and this defense is showing they’re ready for the run.
Business was handled, now the big business begins. The odyssey known as the NFL Playoffs begins after a well earned bye-week. Packers need to rest up, heal up, (don’t catch COVID like Rodgers said), and don’t lose the juice. It’s time to work on getting Vince’s property back.