The Green Bay Packers have become the NFC’s first No. 6 seed to make it to the Super Bowl, beating the Chicago Bears 21-14. A pair of lesser-known names made huge plays late for each team, as third-string Bears QB Caleb Hanie nearly brought the Bears back to tie the game with under a minute to go, but Packers DB Sam Shields grabbed his second red zone interception to seal the game.
Super Bowl XLV, in Arlington, Texas on Feb. 6, will pair the Packers with the winner of the game between the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers, coming up at 6:30 pm EST on CBS.
Green Bay dominated the game early on, until an injury to QB Jay Cutler and a realization about QB Todd Collins forced Hanie to step up. The young passer from Colorado State dueled mightily with Aaron Rodgers, who finished the game with 244 yards and two interceptions.
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