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NFC Championship Game Keys: How Can The Packers Beat The Bears?

Often, analysis of keys to victory is hard for teams that seem evenly matched — forget the Packers being favored in the NFC Championship Game odds — but it's fairly simple for the Packers: if their defense can hold down the Bears, the offense should carry the day.

The Packers are 7-2 when holding teams to under 20 points this season, and their only two losses in that scenario &mdash to the Redskins and Lions, of all teams — came in games that Aaron Rodgers left with a concussion.

The Packers are also good when they can score points in bulk. The Packers are 10-1 in the regular season and playoffs when scoring 21 or more points, and their only loss came to the New England Patriots in a game started by Matt Flynn.

So if Rodgers can play the entire game, get the Packers 21 or more points, and get an effort from the Green Bay defense that holds the Bears under 20 points, the Packers should win. That's not far from "score more points than the other team," is it?

Follow along with this StoryStream for further updates. And for more on these teams, check out SB Nation's Bears blog, Windy City Gridiron, and our Packers blog, Acme Packing Company.