Sweet Home, Chicago.

Where do we begin? It was a finish that will live forever in Packer lore. The Pack's two most explosive players, back on the field for the first time in forever, hook up on a 48 yard dagger in the final minute to deliver the Pack its third straight division title. On fourth and eight. At Soldier Field. Frankly, it doesn't get any better than this.

Quick 'pat on the back time.' I nailed this one, though it was a bit more dramatic than I imagined. I predicted the Pack would trail for a large chunk of this game and would win it on a late Aaron Rodgers touchdown pass. I called it 34-30, so I didn't get it exactly right, but it felt like a game where the offenses would dominate and turnovers would be the difference.

The turnovers ended up even at two apiece, but the weirdest one by far was the Rodgers fumble, which every player on the field and almost every coach thought was an incomplete pass. But the officials correctly (somehow) didn't blow their whistles and receivers coach Edgar Bennett wisely screamed ay Jarret Boykin to pick up the ball. Thank goodness the play happened on the Packers' side of the field. That gift touchdown gave the Pack the lead and another turnover led to three more quick points and the Packers had a six point halftime lead.

But after an encouraging first half effort by the defense, they reverted to their usual ways by allowing the Bears to score touchdowns the first three times they had the ball in the second half. The last one came on the first play of the fourth quarter and boosted the Bears' lead to eight. Don't know about you, but I didn't like the way this one was leaning.

Six plays later, Eddie Lacy found the end zone, culminating a six play, 77 yard drive. Rodgers hit Nelson, Quarless and Jones on the drive. By the way, what a day for Nelson. He's like a race car. For the past eight weeks the pit crew chief was behind the wheel. Today, Matt Kenseth was behind the wheel. I love that McCarthy kicked the extra point, rather than go for two and the tie. He knew the offense would get the ball again and didn't try to chase it.

And what a last drive it was. Starting on their own 13 with about 6 1/2 minutes to play, the Pack converted three fourth downs to keep their season alive. The last one was the 48 yarder to Cobb that won the game. To have Rodgers and Cobb back and to see them hook up twice in the biggest game of the season, well it made a long, frustrating season suddenly morph into an exciting, division-winning ride that will continue for another week, at least.

In come the 49ers next Sunday afternoon at 3:30. The team that opened and closed the Packers' season with losses last year and then did it again in week one, visits Lambeau and we'll find out what the Packers plan to do to corral Colin Kaepernick, Anquan Boldin, Vernon Davis and company.

But we know this. Rodgers and Cobb are healthy and extremely grateful to be back on the football field. Enough crazy things have happened this season to make you believe anything is possible for this team.


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