Congratulations Green Bay Packers – you are going to the Super Bowl! In a very close game of “epic” proportions, the Packers beat the Chicago Bears 21-14. This is the first time since 1998 that Green Bay will appear in the Super Bowl and its fourth appearance – in case you’re not familiar with their record, they won Super Bowls I, II, and XXXVI, and lost in Super Bowl XXXVII.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the Packers offense early on to a 14-o lead in the first half, but was unable to get much going in the second half. Chicago, however, started scoring, earning its first seven points shortly after the start of the fourth quarter.
But an unlikely interception by Nose Tackle B. J. Raji, who returned it for an 18-yard touchdown, kept the Packers very much alive in the second half. Chicago again scored another touchdown, bringing the score to 21-14. The final death knell for Chicago, though, was when Cornerback Sam Shields intercepted the ball with only 46 seconds left in the game. One more knee by Rodgers and the Packers go home with the George Halas Trophy, the trophy awarded to the NFC Champion – and on to win the Super Bowl’s coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy.
As I finish writing this, I am also watching the start of the AFC Championship game to see if the Packers will play against the Pittsburgh Steelers or the New York Jets. Either way, I am really excited for the Packers, the new NFC Champions. I look forward to seeing them play on February 6.