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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- You don't often see this kind of blowout in the usually competitive, if not exemplary, NFC North. But the Green Bay Packers stuck it to the Chicago Bears in every way Sunday at Lambeau Field, resurrecting their season while thrusting the Bears into disarray.
The Bears were never able to stop the Packers' running game, which finished the afternoon with 200 yards. And their offense went into a standstill in quarterback Kyle Orton's return from a one-week absence, held without a touchdown for the first time all season.
The Bears' challenge will be to keep from panicking in a division they could still hold a partial lead in by the time you read this. Assuming Tampa Bay holds on to defeat Minnesota, the NFC North's top three teams will all be 5-5. The Bears' 3-1 division record would match the Packers.
Meanwhile, this is the kind of game many people expected from the Packers when the season began: A notable transition to a power-running game after the departure of quarterback Brett Favre, along with an active defense that harasses the quarterback and makes a few big plays.
Bottom line: We have even less clarity in the NFC North now than we had Sunday morning.