Aaron Rodgers had four touchdown passes and the Green Bay Packers posted the best performance in the National Association, winning 35-16 over the Chicago Bears.
Posted on January 3, 2021 at 8:36 p.m.
Undefeated in their last six games, the Packers (13-3) earned a pass straight into the second round.
The winning streak began against the Bears at Lambeau Field, with the Packers winning 41-25.
Chicago (8-8) still extends its course, the result of the loss of the Arizona Cardinals, against the Los Angeles Rams.
The Saint will welcome the Bears to the Superdome next weekend.
Rodgers beat his own team mark for touchdown passes in one season, with 48.
He and Peyton Manning (2004 and 2013) are the only players with at least 45 touchdown passes in more than one season. Rodgers completed 45 in 2011.
Rodgers had 240 aerial yards on Sunday. Halfway through the second quarter, he joined Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 72-yard touchdown pass. This put the Packers in the driver’s seat for good, 13-10.
Mitchell Trubisky totaled 252 passing yards and committed an interception.
Darnell Mooney set personal highs (11 catches and 93 yards), but he injured his ankle in the final quarter.
Cairo Santos was perfect on three fielding occasions; he had 27 in a row, a mark of the Bears.
Saints 33 –Panthers 7
Drew Brees threw three touchdowns and for overhead gains of 201 yards, and the New Orleans Saints easily defeated the Carolina Panthers 33-7, securing second in the National Association.
The Saints, who had five interceptions in the game, will host the Chicago Bears in the first playoff round next weekend.
Ty Montgomery amassed 105 yards on 18 carries for the Saints (12-4), who became the first team to sweep six duels against opponents from the National South section since the section was created in 2002.
The Saints rushed for 156 rushing yards despite the absence of Alvin Kamara, who tied an NFL record with six rushing touchdowns last week. Kamara and Latavius Murray have both been placed on the COVID-19 reserve list.
Taysom Hill added 41 rushing yards, including a three-yard major.
Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was left off the bench in the third quarter after throwing his second interception in the end zone. The former Saints completed 13 of 23 passes for 176 yards before being replaced by P. J. Walker, who suffered three interceptions.
The Panthers (5-11) had to make do without the services of their two best running backs, Christian McCaffrey and Mike Davis, due to an injury.
Seahawks 26-49ers 23
Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes to Tyler Lockett in the fourth quarter and the Seattle Seahawks came in from behind to defeat the 49ers San Francisco 26-23.
The Seahawks (12-4) had the opportunity to finish first in the National Association, but remained in third place following victories by the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers.
The Seahawks, who ended the campaign with four straight wins, will host the Los Angeles Rams next weekend.
The Seattle squad seemed in deep trouble when Jeff Wilson Jr. carried the 49 leaders at 16-6 in the fourth quarter, but she responded with a six-yard touchdown from Lockett.
The Seahawks forced the 49ers to clear and they orchestrated an offensive streak of 14 plays and 85 yards. Wilson spotted Lockett in the end zone to give his team the lead.
Wilson ended the game with 20 completed passes in 36 attempts for 171 yards. Lockett caught 12 balls for 90 yards.
Alex Collins had an eight-yard rushing major with 1: 49 remaining in the game, giving the Seahawks a 26-16 lead.
The 49ers (6-10) had been knocked out of the playoff race for a few weeks now and they played their last games in Arizona due to COVID-19 restrictions in their county in California.
Cardinals 7 –Rams 18
John Wolford had 231 aerial yards and 56 rushing yards in his NFL debut, guiding the Los Angeles Rams to an 18-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Troy Hill returned an interception 84 yards for a touchdown and the Rams defense (10-6) had another stellar performance.
The Los Angeles squad advanced to the playoffs for the third time in four years under the tutelage of head coach Sean McVay.
Wolford recovered after throwing an interception on his first career assist and put in a fine effort replacing Jared Goff, who was injured last week.
Even though they were unable to register an offensive touchdown for a second straight game, the Rams ended a two-game losing streak and defeated the Cardinals (8-8) for an eighth time. consecutive.
The Rams’ defense paved the way for that victory with nine points, including a safety touchdown, and it limited the Cardinals to 214 total yards. Coordinator Brandon Staley’s unit finished the season first in the NFL in runs allowed (296) and total yards allowed (4,511).
The Cardinals missed the playoffs for a fifth straight season. They would have obtained their pass by winning against the Rams.