27 Dec 2011

Rodgers dodges Bears defence as Packers seal NFC crown

1:00 pm on 27 December 2011

The Green Bay Packers rebounded from the disappointment of missing out on perfection by taking the aerial route to beat the Chicago Bears 35-21 and secure home-field advantage for the National Football League playoffs.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw five touchdown passes for the first time in his career as the Packers showed no lingering ill-effects from last week's shock loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and improved their regular season record to 14-1.

The win ensured the defending Super Bowl champions go into next month's playoffs with both the luxury of a first round bye and home-field advantage for weeks two and three after wrapping up the number one seed in the NFC.

Chicago's defeat eliminated the Bears (7-8) from the postseason race while guaranteeing the Atlanta Falcons (9-5) a spot in the playoffs before their game against the New Orleans Saints (11-3) on Monday.