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Packers-Bears fourth-quarter reflections

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Dan Arkush

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By Dan Arkush

While the Packers’ offense hit the skids in the second half, their defense made the big difference in a 21-14 victory that did not come easily.

Appropriately, it was the Packers' player nicknamed “The Freezer” who might have made the game’s biggest play of the game on a cold, wintry day at Soldier Field. Dropping into zone-blitz coverage, 338-pound NT B.J. Raji returned his first career interception for his first career score to give Green Bay a 21-7 lead with just under six minutes remaining.

But the Bears came right back behind third-string QB Caleb Hanie, who gave his all out of the bullpen in only his sixth appearance in a pro game. Hanie hit Earl Bennett for a quick score to make the game a one-possession affair again with 4:43 remaining.

But the Packers sealed the deal, when rookie Sam Shields made his second interception of the game with time winding down.

Shields must share the heroes’ wreath with Raji and P Tim Masthay, who did a brilliant job all afternoon of neutralizing Bears return specialist Devin Hester.

The Bears should be given credit, not only for the feisty effort by Hanie, but also the spirted effort by a defense spearheaded by Pro Bowl LBs Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs.

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