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Chicago Bears beat Packers, clinch first NFC North title since 2010

December 17, 2018

The Bears are NFC North champions for the first time since 2010.

Chicago beat the Packers, 24-17, at Soldier Field on Sunday, improving to 10-4 and securing the division crown while extinguishing their oldest rivals’ flickering playoff hopes.

Mitch Trubisky bounced back from his worst game of the season Sunday night vs. the Rams with a 120.4 rating, his best since Week 10, and two touchdowns on 20-of-28 passing. On the other side of the ball, Khalil Mack notched 2.5 sacks, increasing his season total to 12.5 in 12 games, and Eddie Jackson secured the game-sealing interception late in the fourth quarter of a 10-point game.

Tarik Cohen scored his eighth total touchdown of the season to give Chicago a 14-4 halftime advantage. But after the Bears allowed a long FG drive to open the second half and curiously called for a failed fake punt at midfield on their ensuing possession, Chicago’s ‘D’ tallied a quick three-and-out, followed by Trubisky hitting Trey Burton for what would become the game-winning 13-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

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