Rodgers Returns, Packers Clinch NFC North

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Tom Lynn /Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Aaron Rodgers hit Randall Cobb with a 48-yard touchdown pass to put the dagger in the Chicago Bears playoff chances on Sunday.

The Packers (8-7-1) topped the Bears (8-8) 33-28 to clinch the NFC North title in Rodgers first game back since his left collarbone injury.

Rodgers connected with Cobb, who was wide open, with 38 seconds left in the game to lift the Packers past Chicago.

“I was able to get the edge and saw Randall running wide open,” Rodgers said of the connection.  “I knew I had to get a little bit on it just to make sure I didn’t way under throw him.”

Cobb made his first appearance since Oct. 13 and Jordy Nelson chipped in with 161 yards receiving in the victory.

“Just a great team win,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said.  “Clearly one of our finer moments in our time in Green Bay.  It’s great to take the NFC North crown.”

The Packers won their third straight division title and the Bears have now failed to make the playoffs in six out of the last seven years.

Green Bay will host the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday in the Wild-Card round.

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