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Packers headed to Super Bowl after taming Bears

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - The resurgent Green Bay Packers earned a once-unthinkable trip to the Super Bowl by defeating the Chicago Bears 21-14 on Sunday to claim the NFC championship.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the way for the Packers, completing 17 of 30 passes for 244 yards, while rushing for a touchdown against one of the NFL’s top defenses.

The Packers won the last two games of the regular season to sneak into the playoffs as a wild card before reeling off road victories over East Division champion Philadelphia, NFC top seed Atlanta and the North-winning Bears.

Green Bay becomes the first number six seed to advance to the Super Bowl since the NFL went to a 12-team playoff format in 1990.

The Packers, widely seen as a favorite for the Super Bowl before injuries and erratic play appeared to doom their season, will play either the Pittsburgh Steelers or the New York Jets for the NFL championship on February 6 in Texas.

Editing by Frank Pingue