Green BAY quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw five touchdown passes for the first time in his career to help the Packers beat Chicago 35-21 on Christmas Day, clinching the No. 1 seed in their conference and knocking the Bears out of the NFL play-off chase. Rodgers threw a pair of touchdowns to Jordy Nelson, another two to James Jones, and found tight end Jermichael Finley for a score as the Packers also took another round of bragging rights in the NFL’s most storied rivalry.
Clay Matthews made a key first-half interception for the Packers (14-1), who needed the win to tie down home-field advantage in the NFC play-offs.
The loss eliminated the Bears (7-8) from play-off contention and put the Atlanta Falcons into the post-season as at least a wild card.