Bears-Packers fourth-quarter reflections

Posted Jan. 02, 2011 @ 6:37 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

Aside from one really big play — a picturesque 46-yard bomb from Aaron Rodgers to Greg Jennings down the right sideline early in the fourth quarter to set up the only TD of the game — Green Bay’s defense and special teams were primarily responsible for a 10-3 victory over the Bears that propelled the Pack into the playoffs.

After connecting with Jennings, Rodgers found TE Donald Lee, his ninth different target of the afternoon, in the endzone. A Green Bay defense that registered six sacks and a pair of Jay Cutler interceptions and great punting by Tim Masthay did the rest.

Cutler and the Bears kept grinding right down to the end, engineering a long drive with time winding down that was kept alive by his deft scrambling and some nice catches from TE Greg Olsen. But Packers FS Nick Collins sealed the deal with an interception with 10 seconds remaining.

Green Bay defenders who particularly distinguished themselves were LBs A.J. Hawk and Erik Walden, NT B.J. Raji and CB Charles Woodson, who was used frequently as a blitzer charging in from the slot area.