CHICAGO — The Green Bay Packers’ satisfaction was thick in the visitors’ locker room at Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon.
They had just clinched back-to-back NFC North Division titles by vanquishing their oldest rival, the Chicago Bears, 21-13. They’d done it to cap a Packers-Bears week that was more eventful than usual after Bears receiver Brandon Marshall had called out the Packers and their secondary.
As Press-Gazette reporter Pete Dougherty writes, coming to Chicago’s lakefront and clinching the division title over the second-place Bears had to be one of those moments of supreme professional satisfaction.
“This game always means so much to our players, our organization, our fans,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “We did not disappoint today.”
You can read the rest of Dougherty’s story here: http://tinyurl.com/c9zo72r
*Both the Packers defense and quarterback Aaron Rodgers made a statement in Sunday’s win, opines Press-Gazette sports editor Mike Vandermause (http://tinyurl.com/d9p7wyc).
*The Packers’ secondary, and more specifically cornerback Sam Shields, got a bit of redemption from some bad defensive pass interference penalties earlier this season with the amount of offensive calls that went against the Bears on Sunday (http://tinyurl.com/d9s7ep3).
*For all their talking throughout the week, the Bears and wide receiver Brandon Marshall had little to say following their disheartening loss to their oldest rival (http://tinyurl.com/d9ggrjv).
*Packers defensive back Charles Woodson feels like he’s ready to return, but the play of the Packers’ secondary has given him some cushion for his eventual return, write Dougherty and Demovsky in their Packers notebook (http://tinyurl.com/d8yg36k).
*Packers kicker Mason Crosby is down after missing two more field goals against Chicago, but he swears he’s not out, writes Gannett Wisconsin Media’s Mike Woods (http://tinyurl.com/d3ke7gq).