Standout performances for Packers from Week 17 win vs. Bears.
The Green Bay Packers are in the playoffs and hold the number one seed. With it comes the one and only bye week for the NFC. To make matters even better, they did it against their hated rivals, the Chicago Bears.
After a 13-3 season, their second straight, the Packers are back in the Super Bowl hunt and all roads will travel through Lambeau Field.
For the first time since 2011, Green Bay was able to grab the top spot with a powerful offense and a defense that is really starting to come on.
The week started out with horrible news when All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari was lost for the rest of the year, and probably most of next season with a knee injury. There is never a good time to lose a player of Bakhtiari’s caliber, especially when the number one seed is on the line and you are about to face one of the best pass rushers in the game.
But, the Packers were able to navigate the tough road and clinch the win in a big way.
The 35-16 win put a statement on what is a memorable season and sends the Packers into the playoffs riding a six-game winning streak, but the work is not done. Getting to the playoffs and clinching the top seed would mean nothing if they exit after their first game.
There’s plenty within this Packers team to think that won’t be the case. The offense is one of the best in the NFL and the defense seems to be peaking at the right time.
Before I get too far ahead of myself, let’s take a look at the Week 17 matchup and the top performances from this game.