After staging a third quarter comeback only to give up seven on Jay Cutler's second interception, Chicago lost to longtime rivals Green Bay today and finally, fatefully nixed their playoff hopes.
The way this one began, Ryan Grant and the Green Bay Packers looked as though they might run away with their fifth straight win. Instead, they had to fight for it.
Grant ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns, and the Packers beat the Chicago Bears 21-14 Sunday after letting their lead slip away.
Aaron Rodgers threw for 180 yards, Jermichael Finley caught five passes for 70, and Charles Woodson added his 44th career interception for the Packers (9-4), who have won five straight.
The Bears (5-8) lost for the seventh time in nine games and were eliminated from the playoff picture, according to STATS LLC. That makes it three straight postseason misses since the 2006 team's Super Bowl run.
Optimism soared after the big trade with Denver for Cutler, but the Bears plummeted after a 3-1 start.
Tied for the league lead entering the game, Cutler now has 22 interceptions after getting picked off twice. He did throw for 209 yards and two touchdowns even though Devin Hester missed the game with a calf injury, but it's hard to win when a team racks up 13 penalties for 109 yards.
Cutler, who had four interceptions in a season-opening loss at Green Bay, committed a costly turnover with a 14-13 lead early in the fourth quarter. Collins picked off a pass to Johnny Knox and returned it 32 yards to the Chicago 11, setting up a 1-yard scoring run by Grant. Rodgers hit Jennings for the 2-point conversion, making it 21-14 with 12:39 left in the game, and the Packers completed the season sweep