GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 25: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws a touchdown pass to James Jones #89 during the first half against the Chicago Bears on December 25, 2011 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Packers Bounce Back With Win Over Bears; Falcons Clinch Playoff Spot

The Green Bay Packers bounced back after a surprising loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, downing the Bears on Christmas Day. Thanks to the Packers' win, the Atlanta Falcons clinched a playoff berth. For more on this game, check out Packers blog Acme Packing Company and 49ers blog Niners Nation. For more on yesterday's actions, check out our NFL Week 16 StoryStream.

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Packers Vs. Bears Final Score: Green Bay Wins, 35-21; Atlanta Falcons Get Playoff Berth On Christmas

It was a Merry Christmas for one NFL team, even though it wasn't playing on Sunday. The Atlanta Falcons are playoff bound, despite resting comfortably at home on this festive of days. Thanks to the Green Bay Packers win over the Chicago Bears, the Falcons are in as a wildcard team, joining the Detroit Lions. The Bears, on the other hand, are eliminated from the playoffs -- the proverbial lump of coal in the stocking -- after falling to the Packers at Lambeau Field, 35-21.

Aaron Rodgers was his usual self, throwing for 283 yards and five touchdowns before being lifted for Matt Flynn. Jordy Nelson and James Jones each caught two touchdowns; Nelson also led all receivers with six catches for 115 yards. Jermichael Finley caught the first of Rodgers' touchdown passes as the Packers took a lead they'd never relinquish.

Josh McCown actually performed admirably for the Bears, passing for 242 yards and a touchdown, but also throwing two interceptions. The Bears leaned heavily on Khalil Bell in an effort to take the pressure off McCown, and it showed. Bell was over the century mark, rushing for 121 yards, but failed to find the end zone, as well.

Green Bay is now 14-1 heading into the final week of play, with only last week's loss to Kansas City serving as a blemish on the record. With Atlanta locking up its playoff bid, only one NFC spot remains in question, with the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys playing for the NFC East title next Sunday night.

For more on the Chicago Bears, visit SB Nation's Bears blog Windy City Gridiron. For more on the Green Bay Packers, visit SB Nation's Packers blog Acme Packing Company.

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ANIMATED: Aaron Rodgers Makes Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs Look Foolish

Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher clearly didn't expect Aaron Rodgers to run for his life. Perhaps the two thought Rodgers would just get down as they barreled down on him, looking to take a shot in the open field. They certainly didn't anticipate what happened next.

Rodgers put his left foot in the ground and hit Briggs and Urlacher with a little shimmy in the open field. It was like flicking the right stick in Madden as the Green Bay quarterback juked to his right, split the gap between the two closing defenders and watched two of Chicago's best collide in his wake.

This just had to be embarrassing.

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The reverse angle shows the damage, and the damage is bad.

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Urlacher and Briggs knocked heads pretty hard, with the former also taking a helmet to the knee. Urlacher went limping off, and Rodgers went on to throw a touchdown on the drive.

For more on the Chicago Bears, visit SB Nation's Bears blog Windy City Gridiron. For more on the Green Bay Packers, visit SB Nation's Packers blog Acme Packing Company.

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Packers Vs. Bears Score Update: Green Bay Leads At Halftime, 14-3

Aaron Rodgers was efficient and clinical in the first half, but the Green Bay Packers were only able to build a 14-3 lead over a Chicago Bears squad starting Josh McCown at quarterback. Green Bay scored on its first and last drives of the half, each of which ended with a touchdown pass on a slant route.

Rodgers finished the half with 148 yards and two touchdowns, but the Green Bay running game was missing in action again. The Packers rushed for 14 yards on six carries while shying away from the ground game. James Jones and Ryan Grant each caught two passes for 34 yards to lead the way, and Rodgers completed throws to eight different receivers.

Chicago was the polar opposite of Green Bay, doing its damage on the ground instead of through the air. Kahlil Bell led all rushers with 89 yards as the Bears ran the ball on 25 plays -- for 126 yards -- in the first half. McCown was six-of-nine for 81 yards, but also threw an interception in the half.

For more on the Chicago Bears, visit SB Nation's Bears blog Windy City Gridiron. For more on the Green Bay Packers, visit SB Nation's Packers blog Acme Packing Company.

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Packers Vs. Bears Score Update: Aaron Rodgers Carves Up Chicago Defense On First Drive

If you were wondering how the Green Bay Packers would respond to last weekend's surprising loss, their first drive should answer all questions. All the Packers did was drive 80 yards in nine plays, needing just four and a half minutes to find the end zone for a touchdown. And that Aaron Rodgers guy went to work like a surgeon.

Rodgers was perfect on the drive, completing all eight of his passes for 77 yards as the Packers went to the air immediately. Jermichael Finley capped the drive with a touchdown, catching an easy slant to put the Packers on top.

The Bears now turn to whichever McCown they've decided to start this week -- it's Josh, for the record -- in an attempt to answer. If the Packers first drive is any indication, though, the difficulties from last weekend are in the rear-view mirror, and Green Bay is playing like the team we've seen throughout the rest of the season.

For more on the Chicago Bears, visit SB Nation's Bears blog Windy City Gridiron. For more on the Green Bay Packers, visit SB Nation's Packers blog Acme Packing Company.

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NFL Christmas Day: Bears Vs. Packers Game Time, TV Schedule, Announcers And More

The Chicago Bears travel to Lambeau on Christmas Day to take on their NFC North division rival, the Green Bay Packers.

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NFL Odds And Lines Week 16: Bears Vs. Packers

OddShark has made the Packers a 12.5 point favorite.

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