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The Bears Den: December 26, 2011

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"...where our porridge is too cold."

35-21 loss ends Bears playoff hopes Mayer: Aaron Rodgers threw a career-high five touchdown passes capping drives of 80, 65, 80, 75 and 33 yards to lead the Packers to a 35-21 rout of the undermanned Bears. Bears - Packers Highlights

Bears fall to rival Packers, eliminated from playoff contention Moon: The Bears kept it close with Green Bay until Aaron Rodgers rattled off three straight touchdown passes to help put away Chicago, 35-21. Josh McCown threw for 242 yards and a touchdown pass in the loss. Latest Bears Video: Bears Post Game

Against Packers, Bears learn valuable lessons Pompei: Zack Bowman, Kahlil Bell, Josh McCown gave the Bears some valuable tape to evaluate. Game Center: Bears at Packers

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McCown a bright spot on dismal night for Bears Haugh: Josh McCown matched Aaron Rodgers' moxie while showing uncommon and unexpected poise. He slowed the game down in a way Caleb Hanie never did. McCown impressive in Bears debut

Schuster: Eliminated Simply put, Bears are not one of the elite teams in the league.

Still the One Isaacson: Packers clinch home-field advantage after allowing Bears a chance to dream.

Bears can't match Rodgers Rosenbloom: The Bears owned the clock and the yards in the first half, but the Packers owned the scoreboard. In the second half, the Packers owned everything.

Bears will be home for the playoffs The Bears trailed by only four points early in the third quarter, but Rodgers drove the Packers for touchdowns on their next three possessions to put the game out of reach.

Bell makes most of his chance Makes a case to serve as Forte's backup.

High-flying Packers prove a point vs. Chicago Burke: The Bears have some pieces that can — and in the past have — stifle Green Bay’s offense. When Rodgers locks in like he did Sunday, though, it doesn’t matter.

I got a fever and the only prescription is more Sleigh Bells: