Bears Lose Game and Control of Division

Coming to Green Bay Chicago was in a position to be the number one seed of the NFC come playoff time, but with their 17-7 loss in Green Bay the Bears fell all the way down to fourth behind St. Louis (10-2), Green Bay (9-3) and Philadelphia (8-4).

The Bears are tied with the Packers for first place in the Central Division, but by virtue of Green Bay sweeping the season series they hold the tiebreaker. Leaving Chicago as the top wild card team, which means they would still host a first round playoff game.

Chicago has an opportunity to leapfrog the Packers with four games remaining on each teams schedule. However, Green Bay doesn't play another team with a winning record, while Chicago has Tampa Bay (7-5) December 16. Each team has two home games and two road games.

After missing two games with a hamstring injury Anthony Thomas reclaimed his place in the Bears starting lineup. He didn't seem to be hampered from the injury as he ran for 54 yards on 15 carries including a 19 yard touchdown run in the third quarter, which tied the game at seven apiece.

Although, the Bears running attack has been stymied by Green Bay's rush defense. In two meetings against the Packers, Chicago has rushed for 97 yards.

The Bears went to Green Bay with a two game winning streak at Lambeau Field. The road team had been dominant in the series winning six straight contests. With the win the Packers have won 14 of the last 16 games in the rivalry, but Chicago still holds an 84-73 overall lead.

Ahman Green became the first running back in 20 games to go over 100 yards rushing. He had 29 carries for 125 yards. Green had 174 all-purpose yards including the game winning score on a 12 yard TD run late in the third quarter.

The last back to go over the century mark against the Bears was former Viking Robert Smith (Oct. 15, 2000) gaining 170 yards on 23 carries.

Through the 11 games the Bears defense hadn't allowed a team to score against them on any opening possessions this season. The streak came to an end when Antonio Freeman caught a three-yard touchdown pass from Brett Favre. Capping a nine-play 64-yard drive, which took 4:29.

The Bears four game road-winning streak was broken dropping their record away from Soldier Field to 4-2.

Brian Urlacher led the defense with seven tackles. He recorded his 5th sack of the season late in the second quarter. Two plays later he picked off a Brett Favre pass over the middle returning it 41 yards to the Packer 17, but Chicago was unable to capitalize on the field position. The interception was Urlacher's third of the year.

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