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Bears clinch NFC North with 24-17 victory over Packers

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bears clinched the NFC North and helped knock Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers out of playoff contention.

They could not have asked for a sweeter scenario.

Mitchell Trubisky threw for two touchdowns, Eddie Jackson ended Rodgers' NFL-record streak without an interception and Chicago clinched the division with a 24-17 victory over the Packers on Sunday.

The Bears (10-4) secured their first playoff appearance since the 2010 team won the NFC North. And even better for them, they did it with a rare victory over their heated rivals.

''We've accomplished a lot,'' Trubisky said. ''But I think I'm most proud of just the type of guy that we have in our locker room, the culture that we've kind of created. We know that nobody really believed in us on the outside in the preseason - or even throughout the season. But we knew what type of team we had. And we knew we were just gonna keep getting better every single week.''

The loss coupled with Minnesota's 41-17 victory over Miami keeps the Packers out of the postseason for the second year in a row.

Chicago had dropped nine of 10 against Green Bay (5-8-1). But the Bears secured their first trip to the playoffs in eight years with their seventh win in eight games .

For a team that came into the season with four straight last-place finishes, it's quite a turnaround. But with the hiring of coach Matt Nagy and trade for Khalil Mack in a busy offseason, the Bears made a huge jump.

''You could feel it all year long that we knew we had the talent,'' Nagy said.

The Bears blew a 20-point lead in a season-opening loss at Green Bay, with an injured Rodgers rallying the Packers. But they've been climbing since.

Trubisky gave the Bears a 21-14 lead early in the fourth quarter with a 13-yard pass to Trey Burton in the left side of the end zone.

After stopping the Packers, Tarik Cohen returned a punt 44 yards to the 15. But he stepped out of bounds a yard short on a third-and-5 at the 10 when he easily could have gotten the first down.

That forced the Bears to settle for a field goal by Cody Parkey, making it 24-14 with 6:43 remaining.

The Packers then drove to the 9, but on third down, Jackson picked off Rodgers, ending his streak at 402 passes.

The throw over the middle was intended for Jimmy Graham near the goal line. But the ball got tipped to Jackson, who had to be helped off the field with a sprained right ankle after his leg bent awkwardly as he tried to slide on the return. The interception was his sixth of the season.

Mason Crosby kicked a field goal in the closing seconds to make it a seven-point game. But Chicago recovered the onside kick.

The Packers are 1-1 since offensive coordinator Joe Philbin replaced fired coach Mike McCarthy on an interim basis.

''The expectation is competing for championships,'' Rodgers said. ''It's a good football team. But like I told some of the guys, I look forward to the battles over the years. I like our chances in this division moving forward.''

WORST TO FIRST

The Bears, who finished in fourth place in the NFC North last season, completed a turnaround that make for 15 of the past 16 seasons with at least one NFL team finishing in first place in its division the season after finishing in last or tied for last place.

And Nagy became the Bears' first rookie coach with 10 wins since George Halas in 1920, the inaugural season for a franchise then known as the Decatur Staleys.

LEADING BEARS

Mack had 2 1/2 sacks and Leonard Floyd added two. The defense came through with another strong effort after the Monsters of the Midway shut down Jared Goff and the NFC West champion Los Angeles Rams the previous week.

Trubisky was 20 of 28 for 235 yards with a 120.4 rating. It was a big improvement over the previous week when he matched a career high with three interceptions after missing back-to-back games because of a right shoulder injury.

Cohen caught a touchdown pass. Jordan Howard ran for a TD, and the Bears improved to 7-1 at home for the first time since 2005.

''Guys grinded, gritted it out, especially toward the end,'' Mack said. ''We just want to keep this feeling going.''

RODGERS CONTAINED

Rodgers said his groin tightened on him at the end of the first half. He finished 25 of 42 for 274 yards with his second interception of the season and failed to throw a touchdown for the first time this year.

Davante Adams had eight receptions for 119 yards.

The Packers fell to 0-7 on the road with their ninth straight loss away from home, and their eight-game win streak at Soldier Field, counting the postseason, came to an end.

''Nobody anticipated this happening,'' Clay Matthews said. ''In reality, we're not getting blown out every week. I'm trying to find a silver lining, that's all you can do at this point of the season.''

INJURIES:

Packers: RT Bryan Bulaga (knee) missed his second game in a row, while DL Kenny Clark sat out with an elbow injury. ... RB Aaron Jones left the game with a knee injury in the first quarter. ... WR Randall Cobb was evaluated for a concussion following a hard hit by Jackson late in the game.

Bears: LB Aaron Lynch left with an elbow injury in the third quarter.

UP NEXT

Packers: Visit New York Jets on Dec. 23.

Bears: Visit San Francisco on Dec. 23.

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Key Players
J. Williams 30 RB
55 RuYds, RuTD, 42 ReYds, 4 RECs
15
FPTS
M. Trubisky 10 QB
235 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, 16 RuYds
22
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:15
M.Crosby 45 yard field goal is GOOD Center-H.Bradley Holder-J.Scott.
10
plays
32
yds
2:31
pos
17
24
Field Goal 6:46
C.Parkey 24 yard field goal is GOOD Center-P.Scales Holder-P.O'Donnell.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
14
24
Point After TD 10:16
C.Parkey extra point is GOOD Center-P.Scales Holder-P.O'Donnell.
plays
yds
pos
14
21
Touchdown 10:16
M.Trubisky pass short left to T.Burton for 13 yards TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
45
yds
2:56
pos
14
20
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Two Point Conversion 4:10
TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. A.Rodgers pass to D.Adams is complete. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 4:10
J.Williams right end for 10 yards TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
50
yds
2:15
pos
12
14
Field Goal 9:30
M.Crosby 43 yard field goal is GOOD Center-H.Bradley Holder-J.Scott.
11
plays
50
yds
5:34
pos
6
14
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:30
C.Parkey extra point is GOOD Center-P.Scales Holder-P.O'Donnell.
plays
yds
pos
3
14
Touchdown 0:30
M.Trubisky pass short right to T.Cohen for 12 yards TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
61
yds
1:12
pos
3
13
Field Goal 7:31
M.Crosby 41 yard field goal is GOOD Center-H.Bradley Holder-J.Scott.
9
plays
38
yds
5:02
pos
3
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:08
C.Parkey extra point is GOOD Center-P.Scales Holder-P.O'Donnell.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 2:08
J.Howard right guard for 9 yards TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
60
yds
6:21
pos
0
6
Team Stats
Time of Pos 29:37 30:23
1st Downs 19 19
Rushing 4 6
Passing 15 11
Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Conv 5-14 3-10
4th Down Conv 1-1 0-1
Total Net Yards 323 329
Total Plays 66 58
Avg Gain 4.9 5.7
Net Yards Rushing 88 97
Rush Attempts 19 29
Avg Rush Yards 4.6 3.3
Net Yards Passing 235 232
Comp. - Att. 25-42 20-28
Yards Per Pass 5.6 8.3
Sacked - Yards Lost 5-39 1-3
Penalties - Yards 7-48 4-24
Touchdowns 1 3
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 0 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 2-1
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 5-31.0 4-44.0
Return Yards 1 128
Punts - Returns 1-1 2-53
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 3-75
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kicking 3/3 4/4
Extra Points 0/0 3/3
Field Goals 3/3 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 1-4 -25% 3-4 -75%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-3 -33% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Packers 5-8-1 0311317
Bears 10-4 7701024
235 PASS YDS 232
88 RUSH YDS 97
323 TOTAL YDS 329
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
A. Rodgers 12 QB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.5% 274 0 1 68.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.8% 3974 23 2 97.2
A. Rodgers 25/42 274 0 1 12
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Williams 30 RB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 55 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
98 365 2
J. Williams 12 55 1 20 15
A. Rodgers 12 QB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 25 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
38 237 0
A. Rodgers 3 25 0 10 12
A. Jones 33 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
133 728 8
A. Jones 4 8 0 3 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Adams 17 WR
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
13 8 119 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 100 1315 12
D. Adams 13 8 119 0 28 13
J. Williams 30 RB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 42 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 18 133 0
J. Williams 5 4 42 0 21 15
J. Graham 80 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 32 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 49 581 2
J. Graham 5 3 32 0 13 3
R. Cobb 18 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 3 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 37 356 2
R. Cobb 7 3 30 0 16 3
L. Kendricks 84 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 27 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 144 1
L. Kendricks 4 4 27 0 16 2
M. Valdes-Scantling 83 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 30 463 2
M. Valdes-Scantling 2 1 12 0 12 1
E. St. Brown 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 234 0
E. St. Brown 3 1 7 0 7 0
J. Kumerow 16 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 16 0
J. Kumerow 2 1 5 0 5 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Lancaster 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-3 0 0.0
T. Lancaster 6-1 0.0 0 0
J. Jones 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-7 0 1.0
J. Jones 5-1 0.0 0 0
B. Martinez 50 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
80-42 0 4.0
B. Martinez 4-0 0.0 0 0
J. Alexander 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
58-4 1 0.0
J. Alexander 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Jackson 37 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-10 0 0.0
J. Jackson 3-2 0.0 0 0
D. Lowry 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-10 0 3.0
D. Lowry 2-0 0.0 0 0
M. Adams 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 1.0
M. Adams 2-1 0.0 0 0
F. Brown 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-4 0 0.0
F. Brown 2-1 0.0 0 0
T. Williams 38 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-13 0 0.0
T. Williams 2-2 0.0 0 0
K. Brice 29 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-10 0 1.0
K. Brice 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Brown 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-2 0 0.0
T. Brown 2-0 0.0 0 0
C. Matthews 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-13 0 4.0
C. Matthews 1-1 1.0 0 1
K. Fackrell 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-9 0 8.0
K. Fackrell 1-2 0.0 0 0
R. Gilbert 93 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-9 0 2.0
R. Gilbert 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Breeland 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-4 2 0.0
B. Breeland 1-0 0.0 0 0
E. Pleasant 35 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
E. Pleasant 1-1 0.0 0 0
A. Morrison 44 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-20 0 1.0
A. Morrison 0-1 0.0 0 0
J. Kumerow 16 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Kumerow 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Crosby 2 K
9
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 0/0
SEASON FG XP
27/34 31/33
M. Crosby 3/3 45 0/0 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Scott 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 41.6 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
61 45.0 18
J. Scott 5 41.6 1 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Cobb 18 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 1.0 1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 5.9 17 0
R. Cobb 1 1.0 1 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Trubisky 10 QB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
71.4% 235 2 0 120.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.9% 2814 23 12 94.1
M. Trubisky 20/28 235 2 0 22
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Howard 24 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 60 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
216 773 6
J. Howard 19 60 1 9 13
T. Cohen 29 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
88 405 2
T. Cohen 5 21 0 22 9
M. Trubisky 10 QB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
60 402 3
M. Trubisky 3 16 0 14 22
T. Mizzell 33 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 15 0
T. Mizzell 1 1 0 1 0
B. Cunningham 30 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 7 0
B. Cunningham 1 -1 0 -1 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Robinson 12 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 3 54 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 49 669 4
A. Robinson 7 3 54 0 30 5
A. Shaheen 87 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 39 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 44 1
A. Shaheen 2 2 39 0 23 3
T. Burton 80 TE
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 36 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 44 506 6
T. Burton 7 4 36 1 13 9
T. Gabriel 18 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 33 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 60 599 2
T. Gabriel 3 3 33 0 14 3
T. Cohen 29 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 31 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 68 710 5
T. Cohen 6 5 31 1 13 9
J. Bellamy 15 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 18 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 109 1
J. Bellamy 1 1 18 0 18 1
J. Howard 24 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 123 0
J. Howard 1 1 15 0 15 13
T. Mizzell 33 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 51 1
T. Mizzell 1 1 9 0 9 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
R. Smith 58 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
79-28 1 4.0
R. Smith 7-3 0.0 0 0
L. Floyd 94 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-10 1 4.0
L. Floyd 6-0 2.0 0 0
E. Jackson 39 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-10 6 1.0
E. Jackson 5-1 0.0 1 0
K. Mack 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 2.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
34-8 1 12.5
K. Mack 5-1 2.5 0 0
P. Amukamara 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
54-7 3 0.0
P. Amukamara 4-0 0.0 0 0
A. Amos 38 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
47-13 2 1.0
A. Amos 4-1 0.0 0 0
D. Trevathan 59 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
67-25 1 2.0
D. Trevathan 3-1 0.0 0 0
S. McManis 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-1 1 1.0
S. McManis 2-0 0.0 0 0
K. Fuller 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-9 7 0.0
K. Fuller 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Bush 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 1.0
D. Bush 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Hicks 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-13 0 6.0
A. Hicks 1-2 0.0 0 0
A. Lynch 99 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-3 1 3.0
A. Lynch 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Nichols 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-8 0 1.5
B. Nichols 0-1 0.5 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Parkey 1 K
6
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
22/28 39/41
C. Parkey 1/1 24 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
P. O'Donnell 16 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 44.3 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
55 45.4 25
P. O'Donnell 4 44.3 2 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Miller 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 25.0 31 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 21.8 31 0
A. Miller 3 25.0 31 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Cohen 29 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 26.5 44 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
31 13.3 44 0
T. Cohen 2 26.5 44 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:43 GB 4 4:14 6 15 Punt
2:08 GB 25 3:07 6 28 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:29 GB 39 5:02 9 38 FG
2:17 GB 2 0:35 3 9 Punt
0:30 GB 25 0:30 4 27 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 GB 25 5:34 11 50 FG
6:25 GB 50 2:15 5 50 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:18 GB 26 1:06 3 -2 Punt
10:16 GB 25 1:04 3 -5 Punt
6:43 GB 25 3:39 9 66 INT
2:42 GB 41 2:31 10 32 FG
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CHI 23 2:17 5 29 Punt
8:29 CHI 40 6:21 9 60 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:01 CHI 9 1:32 3 8 Punt
7:27 CHI 21 5:10 8 39 Punt
1:42 CHI 39 1:12 5 61 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:26 CHI 30 3:01 6 20 Downs
4:10 CHI 25 4:52 10 49 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:11 GB 45 2:56 5 45 TD
9:12 GB 15 2:29 4 9 FG
3:04 CHI 8 0:22 3 4 Punt
0:10 GB 39 0:11 1 -1 Game