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NFL : Bears rally to beat Packers in OT


Robbie Gould kicked a 38-yard field goal with 11:28 left in overtime as the Chicago Bears beat the Green Bay Packers 20-17 on Monday.

Chicago’s Alex Brown blocked Mason Crosby’s 38-yard field-goal attempt with 18 seconds left in regulation to preserve a 17-17 tie and send the game into overtime.

The temperature at Soldier Field was announced to be minus 17ºC, making it the coldest home game in Bears’ history since records started being kept in 1963.

Kyle Orton threw a 17-yard pass to Greg Olsen and a 15-yard penalty on Green Bay’s Aaron Rouse for an illegal tackle gave the Bears the ball in overtime. A third-down pass of 14 yards to Matt Forte got it to the Green Bay 20 to set up the winning kick.

The Bears (9-6), who stayed in contention for the NFC North over the weekend when Atlanta beat Minnesota, won their third straight and rallied from a 14-3 half-time deficit to do it.

Green Bay (5-10) dominated the first half, but lost its fifth straight after routing the Bears 37-3 at Lambeau Field last month.

Matt Forte’s 3-yard TD with 3:11 left lifted the Bears into a tie. The score came one play after Forte just made a first down on a fourth-and-2 run.

If the Bears win at Houston on Sunday and the Vikings lose at home to the Giants, Chicago captures the NFC North. Minnesota holds the tiebreaker over the Bears, so if both teams win on the final Sunday, the Vikings win the division.

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