Bears Complete Sweep of Packers

Much like the second meeting last year between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, it was hard to tell which team was bound for the playoffs and which team was just playing out the schedule. The Monsters of the Midway are going nowhere in 2007, but a season sweep of Green Bay is still sweet.

CHICAGO (AP) – No tears for Brett Favre this time, just frustration.

And Green Bay can forget about the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

Brian Urlacher returned an interception for a touchdown for the first time in his career, Adrian Peterson ran for 102 yards, and the Chicago Bears beat the Packers 35-7 on a frigid Sunday afternoon. The loss wiped out the Packers' shot at home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Packers needed to win this game, beat Detroit next week and have Dallas lose to Washington to capture the No. 1 seed. Instead, it goes to the Cowboys with Green Bay locked in at No. 2.

Favre was at his worst on a bone-chilling, windy and at times snowy afternoon, and the Packers (12-3) took their most lopsided loss of the season.

He passed for just 9 yards in the first half and 153 overall, giving him 4,058 this season and putting him over the 4,000-yard mark for the fifth time.

He was 17-for-32 and threw two interceptions. Alex Brown picked him off on the first possession of the third quarter, setting up a touchdown that made it 21-7, and Urlacher ran one back 85 yards early in the fourth.

But Favre, who left Soldier Field in tears after leading the Packers to a win last New Year's Eve, wasn't the only one to have a rough afternoon. The Bears blocked two punts by Jon Ryan, who also dropped a snap and booted a 9-yarder.

The Packers had gone 12 years and 929 punts without a block before Darrell McClover knocked one down in the second quarter. More damaging was Charles Tillman's block midway through the third quarter. Corey Graham recovered at the 7 and ran it in for a 28-7 lead.

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Early in the fourth quarter, Urlacher juggled the ball after it hit his chest and then returned it all the way up the right sideline.

The Bears (6-9) had little to celebrate this season, but they got some consolation by knocking off their archrivals twice.

Peterson carried 30 times and scored on an 8-yard run in the final minute of the second quarter that gave the Bears a 13-7 lead.

Kyle Orton was steady if not spectacular, going 8-for-14 for 101 yards and a 3-yard touchdown pass to Desmond Clark in the third quarter.

Green Bay's Ryan Grant ran for 100 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, but with the gametime temperature at 16 degrees and a gusty wind, the Packers never got going.

Favre was 2-of-7 in the first half, and Brown, starting for the injured Mark Anderson, quickly put to rest the notion Favre would turn things around in the second half when he picked off a pass at the 35.

That set up the touchdown pass to Clark. And things just got worse for him and the Packers, who were missing a key part of their run defense, with defensive tackle Ryan Pickett nursing a groin injury. Justin Harrell started in his place.

Chicago was without Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs (hip), cornerback Nathan Vasher (groin) and defensive tackle Darwin Walker (sprained elbow).

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