Packers pack up for Dallas

Aaron Rodgers celebrates the Packers' first Super Bowl appearance in 13 years.

In frigid conditions, both offenses stalled, but it was one team’s defense that saved the day. That team was the Green Bay Packers, and they beat the Chicago Bears 21-14 on the road, thanks to a stellar defensive effort. Aaron Rodgers had a rare off day for the Packers, throwing for 244 yards, a rushing touchdown, no throwing touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. All-time kick returning touchdowns leader Devin Hester was kept at bay by Green Bay punter Tim Masthay. Chicago struggled in the first half, allowing Green Bay to jump out to a 14-0 halftime lead, and things looked worse when starting quarterback Jay Cutler injured his knee injury shortly after play resumed. Todd Collins was very ineffective, and Chicago left the game in the hands of 3rd string quarterback Caleb Hanie. Hanie played well enough for a 3rd stringer, throwing for a touchdown and 153 yards, but it ultimately was not enough. Cutler got an earful of boos from the home crowd, and he has been questioned about his toughness, which teammate Brian Urlacher thouroughly denied. The Packers will be in their first Super Bowl since Brett Favre led them in 1998.

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