Sunday, December 29, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Green Bay Packers
By Rob Demovsky
CHICAGO -- A few thoughts on the Green Bay Packers' 33-28 win against the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field.
What it means: Fourth-and-8 from the 48-yard line with 46 seconds left will be remembered for quite some time. Aaron Rodgers, in his return from his Nov. 4 collarbone injury, won the NFC North with a 48-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Randall Cobb, who was playing his first game since his Oct. 13 broken tibia injury. The Packers (8-7-1) ran their streak of consecutive playoff appearances to five.
Stock watch: No one was probably happier to have Rodgers back than Jordy Nelson, who had only one 100-yard receiving game in the seven weeks Rodgers missed because of his broken collarbone. Nelson bettered his previous season high of 130 yards receiving with 10 catches for 161 yards.
Gimpy but effective: Running back Eddie Lacy's sprained right ankle appeared to limit his playing time. Several times, Lacy looked gimpy coming off the field. The Packers gave James Starks more work than usual. He responded with a 41-yard gain on a third-quarter, third-and-1 play. It helped keep Lacy available for the entire game, and he scored on a 6-yard run in the fourth quarter.
What’s next: The Packers will host a wild-card playoff game on either Saturday or Sunday.