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Packers Back To Winning Ways! Clinch #1 Seed And Home Field Advantage On A Perfect Christmas Night By Beating The Bears 35-21.

Rodgers showed his running ability, juking his way between Bears linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs on a scramble in what will surely become one of the most talked about highlighted runs of his career thus far.

Aaron Rodgers threw his first five-touchdown game of his NFL career, and ensured that the Green Bay Packers' playoff road will go through Lambeau Field. Rodgers noted that he once threw six touchdowns in junior college — also in a rivalry game — but acknowledged this one was a little bit bigger. "Yeah, this one's pretty special," Rodgers said. He also made sure the rival Chicago Bears will be spending the playoffs at home.

Rodgers broke a close game wide open by leading three quick scoring drives in the second half, and the Packers beat the Bears 35-21 on Sunday night. With the win, the Packers (14-1) nailed down the No. 1 seed in the NFC and claimed another round of bragging rights in the NFL's most storied rivalry by knocking the Bears out of the playoff chase.

"We wanted the path to go through Lambeau," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

Rodgers threw a pair of touchdown passes to Jordy Nelson, another two to James Jones, and found tight end Jermichael Finley for a score. Rodgers was 21 of 29 for 283 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions when backup Matt Flynn took over for Rodgers with 7:54 left in the game.

Rodgers surpassed Lynn Dickey's single-season franchise record of 4,458 yards passing with one game left, although it's unclear how much Rodgers will play in the Packers' finale against Detroit. The loss eliminated the Bears (7-8) from playoff contention and put the Atlanta Falconsin the playoffs.

"When you play the Super Bowl champions, you have to be on top of your game," Bears coach Lovie Smith said.

McCarthy said the team's run defense will be examined after the big performance by Bell, but added that the final score told the story. "We won big, McCarthy said. That's the bottom line. Thirty-five points on that defense, that's a good night," McCarthy said. The victory was the Packers' fourth over the Bears in 2011. Green Bay also beat Chicago in the 2010 regular-season finale, the NFC Championship Game, and at Soldier Field on Sept. 25.

With the Packers nursing a four-point lead, and the Lambeau Field crowd nervously quiet early in the third quarter, Rodgers answered by dropping deep and throwing a rainbow pass to Nelson, who blew through the Chicago secondary and hauled in the ball for a 55-yard touchdown.Rodgers finished the drive with a 7-yard touchdown toss to Jones, giving the Packers a commanding 28-10 lead. Packers safety Charlie Peprah came up with an interception, and Rodgers found Nelson for another score to give Green Bay a 35-10 lead. Rodgers' offensive feats came behind a patchwork offensive line, as the Packers were without three of their top four tackles.

Chad Clifton returned to practice this week after sitting out since October because of hamstring and back injuries, but isn't ready to play. Bryan Bulaga was inactive Sunday because of a left knee sprain, and backup Derek Sherrod is out for the season with a broken right leg. Green Bay also was missing wide receiver Greg Jennings, because of a sprained left knee, and defensive lineman Ryan Pickett because of a concussion.

Christmas Night's Lambeau Field's attendance was 70,574, the team's 300th consecutive sellout, including the playoffs. Another awesome stat was the Packers did not commit a single penalty or allow a sack on Aaron Rodgers..PERFECT GAME against a solid Bears defense.

So with the Lions coming in next week, the Packers can take it easy and start to prepare for the Divisional Game! The Super Bowl goes through Lambeau Field, BABY! Until Next week....GO! PACK GO!

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