November 19, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jason Campbell (2, left top) is sacked by San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith (99, left bottom) and defensive end Justin Smith (94, right) during the first quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

NFC North Roundup: Packers and Bears Tied For Division Lead


Here come the Packers! A 2-3 start to the season is a forgotten memory as a win over the Lions combined with the 49ers Monday night Victory over the Bears has the Packers in a first place tie with their rivals from Chicago.

Here is a quick look at the NFC North action from week 11, a look at the current standings and the division’s week 12 schedule.

Green Bay Packers 24, Detroit Lions 20 (box score)
The Packers got a battle from the Lions but sacked Matthew Stafford five times and intercepted him twice – including once for a touchdown – to hold the Lions’ offense at bay. The Lions defense kept Aaron Rodgers in check for much of the day but a late touchdown pass to Randall Cobb put the Packers on top for good.

San Francisco 49ers 32, Chicago Bears 7 (box score)
Aldon Smith dominated the Chicago Bears offense to the tune of 5.5 sacks and Colin Kaepernick won the battle of the backups to lead the 49ers to the win. The Niners built a commanding 27-0 lead before Jason Campbell hit Brandon Marshall for a 13-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. The Bears’ lead in the NFC North is gone but they face divisional opponents in three of their next four games and remain in wild card position.

Current Standings

Record vs. Div.
Packers 7-3 2-0
Bears 7-3 1-1
Vikings 6-4 2-0
Lions 4-6 0-4

NFC North Week 12 Schedule
Texans at Lions – Thursday, 12:30 pm ET
Vikings at Bears – Sunday, 1:00 pm ET
Packers at Giants – Sunday, 8:20 pm ET

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  • Guest

    The Packers and Bears are not tied. Green Bay has a 1/2 game lead, having beaten the Bears earlier this season. This cannot be overlooked in a powerful NFC North Division where the winner will probably be decided by no more than a one game.

    • http://sidelionreport.com/ Zac Snyder

      You say there is no tie then apply the NFL’s first rule for breaking ties. That’s a contradiction. You are correct that the Packers would be the division winners if the season ended today but the Bears and Packers have identical records and therefore are indeed tied.

      http://www.nfl.com/standings/tiebreakingprocedures