Quarterback Play, The Difference Maker Sunday
The Packers have earned their second straight division crown and the right to host at least one playoff game thanks to their win over the Bears.
Biggest factor from this seat, the difference in quarterback play. Aaron Rodgers QB rating of 116.8 was almost 45 points better than Jay Cutler's. The number crunchers will attest that a healthy QB rating differential equates to winning and 44.3 qualifies as very healthy.
The running game, just okay, the protection, decent, but Rodgers found the seams in the Bears cover 2 and when they changed up with man-to-man, he made them pay. James Jones' 29 yard touchdown catch up the sideline qualifies as a prime example.
Leading up to the game, all the talk was about Tramon Williams and Brandon Marshall. During the game, all the action involved Sam Shields and Alshon Jeffrey. Apparently the Bears and Cutler decided Jeffrey was going to be the guy in the second half and he came away with zero catches and three interference penalties. Could have been four. Well-done Sam Shields.
Of course holding the Bears to 13 points and 190 yards was more than a one man show. Clay Matthews picked up right where he left off over a month ago, BJ Raji was disruptive at the line of scrimmage, and Brad Jones made a boatload of plays, a couple of them during that goal line stand.
That pass on the punt return, I didn't get it either, and as for Mason Crosby, that's a mystery as well. End of the day, he's the only one who can fix the problem.