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The Chicago Bears won the 2018 NFC North title by sacking Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. A lot.

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Akiem Hicks #96 of the Chicago Bears rushes against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on December 16, 2018
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Emma: Bears Make Their Belief A Reality As NFC North Champions - 670 The Score - The Bears are back in the playoffs after beating the Packers, 24-17.

Emma: Bears’ Charles Leno Jr. Gets Engaged At Midfield After NFC North-Clinching Win - 670 The Score - ”What a perfect moment to do it,” Charles Leno Jr. said.

Emma: Bears Safety Eddie Jackson Suffers Right Ankle Sprain - 670 The Score - The Bears will monitor the status of Jackson in the coming days.

Bears Beat Packers, Win NFC North Crown - 670 The Score - With a 24-17 win, Chicago clinched its first division crown since 2010.

Emma: Bears OLB Aaron Lynch Suffers Right Elbow Injury - 670 The Score - The team officially ruled out Lynch not long after his third-quarter injury.

Mayer: Bears have believed in themselves from start - ChicagoBears.com - It was abundantly clear after their 24-17 division-clinching win over the Packers Sunday that Bears players aren’t surprised by their success this season.

Inside slant: Trubisky rebounds in win over Packers - ChicagoBears.com - Mitchell Trubisky showed resiliency Sunday in completing 20 of 28 passes for 235 yards with two touchdowns, no turnovers and a 120.4 passer rating to help lead the Bears to a 24-17 division-clinching win over the Packers.

2-Minute Drill: Nagy makes history - ChicagoBears.com - With Sunday’s win over the Packers, Matt Nagy became the first head coach since Paddy Driscoll in 1956 to lead the Bears into the postseason in his first year.

From Worst to First: The Bears Are Your 2018 NFC North Champions - Bleacher Nation - From four straight years in the NFC North basement to the top of the mountain.

Medina: Before Walking Off With an Injury, Eddie Jackson Just Came Away With Aaron Rodgers First Interception in 403 Passes (VIDEO) - Bleacher Nation - Conflicted feelings here.

Leno proposes after Bears' win - ESPN Video - Bears offensive lineman Charles Leno Jr. proposes to his girlfriend at midfield after the Bears clinched the NFC North.

Packers vs. Bears - Game Recap - December 16, 2018 - ESPN - Get a recap of the Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears football game.

Wiedman: Chicago Bears over throw Rodgers reign - Our Turf Football - OTFB's Chicago Bears reporter, Wanda Wiedman, recaps how the Bears won the North, and ended Aaron Rodgers winning streak in Chicago.

Haugh: Bears Thinking Big After Clinching First NFC North Crown Since 2010 - 670 The Score - "We know we want more," coach Matt Nagy says.

Bernstein: Defense Seals NFC North Crown For Bears - 670 The Score - What was possible for the Bears is now real.

Rozner: Bears enjoy division title at Packers' expense - Daily Herald - The Bears got their revenge and in beating the Packers won their first division title since 2010.

Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers Postgame Show: 2018 NFC North Champion Bears Take Care Of Business - Chicago Audible Podcast - A comprehensive game recap with instant analysis and insight on the Chicago Bears Week 15 victory over the Green Bay Packers as they win the division. Ken's Note: This was formerly Da Bears Brothers Podcast, they've had a name change.

Stankevitz: Mitch Trubisky laid a blueprint for the Bears' playoff success - NBC Sports Chicago - If Mitch Trubisky does in the playoffs what he did against the Packers on Sunday, the Bears will be legitimate contenders to go to the Super Bowl.

Stankevitz: As the Bears celebrate NFC North title, they have a bigger goal in mind - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears partied hard to celebrate their first NFC North title in eight years, but did so with a feeling that their work isn't close to being done yet.

Mullin: Bears down Packers 24-17, clinch division and playoffs in step toward redefining the future of the NFC North | NBC Sports Chicago - If Sunday’s Bears win over the Packers was not the beginning of the end of the Packers’ reign in the NFC North, then it reasonably could be looked upon as perhaps the end of the beginning.

Stankevitz: Kings in the North - Bears top Packers, win division for first time since 2010 - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears accomplished Goal No. 1 for 2018 on Sunday, beating the Green Bay Packers 24-17 at Soldier Field to clinch their first NFC North crown — and playoff berth — in eight years.

Under Center Podcast: The Bears are NFC North Champions! - NBC Sports Chicago - Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown join Laurence Holmes to break down the Bears' win over the Packers and look ahead to the playoffs.

Playoff Scenarios: Bears Need Help, but Could Earn First Round Bye - NBC Chicago - The Chicago Bears finished off the NFC North title on Sunday with a win over the Green Bay Packers, but there is still more work to do if they want to try to earn a first round bye in the NFL playoffs.

Game recap: Bears clinch NFC North title with win over Packers - ChicagoBears.com - With an inspiring 24-17 win over the Packers, the Bears clinched the NFC North title, earned a playoff berth for the first time since 2010, covered the spread, snapped an eight-game home losing streak to Green Bay and eliminated the Packers from playoff contention.

Kane: Bears sack Aaron Rodgers 5 times en route to division-clinching, 24-17 win - Chicago Tribune - The Bears’ playoff drought has ended. With a 24-17 victory over the Packers on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field, the Bears clinched their first NFC North title and their first playoff berth since 2010.

Finley: Nagy says Bears' risk-taking 'not going to change' despite failed fake, Wildcat - Sun Times - Matt Nagy reiterated that he’s prepared for the media to “come up here and crush me” for such decisions in a loss.

Finley: Charles Leno proposes to girlfriend after Bears clinch NFC North - Sun Times - In the minutes after the Bears clinched the NFC North on Sunday, the left tackle got down on a knee and proposed to his girlfriend, Jennifer Roth.

Finley: Bears beat rival Packers to clinch NFC North title - Sun Times - The Bears won their first NFC North title since 2010 by beating the Packers for only the second time in 11 tries.

Bears vs. Packers 2018: Final score and game highlights - Sun Times - The Bears clinched their division title with a victory over the rival Packers on Sunday afternoon.

Kane: Bears lineman Charles Leno proposed to his girlfriend after win over Packers — and she said yes - Chicago Tribune - Charles Leno’s engagement to his girlfriend of five years capped what he called “one of the greatest days of my life.”

Wiederer: 'A whole lot of ba-booms!' - That was the sound of Matt Nagy's Bears winning the NFC North on Sunday - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears clinched their first division championship in eight years Sunday by beating the Green Bay Packers 24-17 at Soldier Field. The victory, sparked by players like Tarik Cohen and Khalil Mack, exemplified the fearlessness, resolve and thing-big mentality of this team.

Biggs: Bears complete remarkable worst-to-first turnaround, but it's not surprising to them - Chicago Tribune - What strikes you about this team is the Bears aren’t the least bit surprised by their arrival as a postseason threat. They have the inside track to no worse than the No. 3 seed in the NFC field, which would guarantee them a home game in the wild-card round of the playoffs Jan. 5-6.

Play of the game: Mitch Trubisky lights it up with 2 TDs vs. Packers — none bigger than his go-ahead toss to Trey Burton - Chicago Tribune - Mitch Trubisky rebounded from last Sunday’s clunker against the Rams and accounted for the decisive score by slinging a tie-breaking, 13-yard dart to Trey Burton with 10 minutes, 16 seconds remaining.

Campbell: Eddie Jackson's status uncertain after spraining his right ankle in Bears' 24-17 win over Packers - Chicago Tribune - Bears safety Eddie Jackson sprained his right ankle while returning an interception in the 24-17 win over the Packers on Sunday. He left the game, and coach Matt Nagy had no concrete update about his status.

Kane: From Khalil Mack’s ‘Back Sack’ to Leonard Floyd’s finishing touch, Bears take down Aaron Rodgers - Chicago Tribune - The "Khalil Mack Back Sack" wasn’t the most important of the Bears’ five sacks against Aaron Rodgers on Sunday — those were the three that came in the fourth quarter — but it was the most unconventional.

Chicago Bears defeat Packers to clinch NFC North title - NFL.com - The Chicago Bears are making their long-awaited return to the postseason. The Bears clinched the NFC North title with a victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Jahns: Bears RB Tarik Cohen made big plays in win - Sun Times - Bears running back Tarik Cohen dove into the end zone for a 12-yard score against the Packers.

Jahns: Can the Bears make Super Bowl run with Mitch Trubisky? - Sun Times - Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky threw touchdown passes against the Packers.

Morrissey: Bears win NFC North by beating the Packers - Sun Times - The Bears won the NFC North for the first time since 2010. They didn't need help from another team to do it. They didn't back in. They beat Green Bay.

Potash: Eddie Jackson suffers sprained ankle after snapping Rodgers record streak - Sun Times - But Nagy acknowledged relief that the injury wasn’t worse — though a sprained ankle could still keep Jackson out for awhile.

Bears playoff scenarios 2018: How Chicago can still earn a first-round bye - The Bears still have a shot at a first-round bye, but it'll depend largely on what the Rams and Saints do to end the season. Ken's Note: This article was written before the Rams-Eagles game.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Packers officially eliminated from playoff contention after week 15 games - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay’s loss and Minnesota’s win put the final nail in the coffin.

Packers come up short once again, falling to Bears 24-17 - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay fought back to make it a game with their NFC North rivals, but couldn’t overcome a handful of critical mistakes.

Aaron Rodgers expects to play final two games – ProFootballTalk - Aaron Rodgers ended Week 15 in 2017 being asked whether he would play the final two games. The Packers quarterback returned from a fractured collarbone in hopes of rescuing the team’s playoff hopes. When he didn’t, it seemed prudent to sit him.

Mike Zimmer: Offense is easy when you get 5-6 yards a pop – ProFootballTalk - The Vikings played their first game with Kevin Stefanski in the offensive coordinator job on Sunday and the fact that they won 41-17 likely tells you what kind of reaction he got from his boss after his first day.

Silverstein: Aaron Rodgers keeps missing the mark - Packers News - Every week, Aaron Rodgers seems to miss open receivers or make inaccurate throws that were almost always completions in the past.

2 things we learned in the Detroit Lions loss to the Buffalo Bills - Pride Of Detroit - Another ugly loss for Detroit.

Detroit Lions vs. Buffalo Bills quick thoughts: What Just Happened? - Pride Of Detroit - A collection of thoughts on the Lions’ Week 15 loss.

Bears clinch NFC North; Vikings still control playoff destiny - Daily Norseman - The division is gone, but the Vikings are still in decent shape to make the playoffs

Minnesota Vikings 41, Miami Dolphins 17: Defense ensures huge victory for Minnesota - Daily Norseman - Nine sacks and a balanced offense equaled a victory for the purple

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Duerrwaechter: Chicago Bears clinch NFC North Division - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are division champions for the first time since 2010!

Curl's 2018 NFL Week 15 Chicago Bears Green Bay Packers post-game: 24 - 14 win guarantees Bears will represent the division in the playoffs and Packers will watch from home - Windy City Gridiron - Aside from a brief scare in the 3rd quarter, the Bears controlled the game and their playoff destiny on Soldier Field today.

Windy City Gridiron picks Bears-Packers: NFC North title edition - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears can clinch their first division championship since the turn of the decade against the Packers. The WCG staff’s picks.

Whiskey Ranger: Video Quick Dive – Trubisky Business! - Windy City Gridiron - Mitch Trubisky gets the WhiskeyRanger treatment, complete with a retro 80’s vibe!

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Pro Bowl Fan Vote Final Results - Windy City Gridiron - There were five Bears that led the voting at their respective positions for the NFC team.

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