The Bears Have Clinched the NFC North


Detroit Lions 23, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20 (box score)

Green Bay Packers 27, New England Patriots 31 (box score)

The Packers played a great game against one of the best teams in football but in the end they lost.  Matt Flynn was the Packer’s quarterback because of the injury to Aaron Rodgers.  Matt Flynn out played every one’s expectations, he looked very calm and acted like he had been in that position before.  Flynn was 24 out of 37, throwing for 3 touchdowns and 251 yards.  The Packers were losing late in the game but they drove the ball deep into New England’s territory with seconds to go.  Flynn completed a pass over the middle and then there was miscommunication between Flynn and Green Bay’s sideline as they tried to get a play.  Flynn quickly called a play with seconds  left and then got sacked.  The Packers still control their own destiny.

Chicago Bears 40, Minnesota Vikings 14 (box score)

The Bears clinched the NFC North when they beat the Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium on Monday night.  The Bears knocked Brett Favre out of the game early.  The Vikings couldn’t do a thing on offense.  The offensive line didn’t give Favre or Webb any time to throw and that resulted in the Vikings throwing 3 interceptions compared to 1 touchdown.  Jay Cutler had a 106.6 QB Rating and Matt Forte added 92 yards rushing for the Bears.  The Bears are now playing for a bye and home field advantage in the playoffs.

NFC North Standings

Chicago Bears (10-4)
Green Bay Packers (8-5)
Minnesota Vikings (5-9)
Detroit Lions (4-10)

The Ross Rankings (power rankings)
The Bears have finally showed me that they are better team than the Packers. I was very tempted to put the Lions at #3.

1. Chicago Bears
2. Green Bay Packers
3. Minnesota Vikings
4. Detroit Lions

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