In Week 1, the Green Bay Packers had a remarkable Aaron Rodgers-led comeback victory to beat the Chicago Bears 24-23. The Bears loss certainly wasn’t Khalil Mack’s fault; he had a pick-six, sack, and fumble recovery in his debut for Chicago.

On Sunday, Mack was a force against the Packers again, and this time Chicago came away with a 24-17 victory. And with the win, the Bears (10-4) clinch their first division title since 2010, while the Packers (5-8-1) are eliminated from playoff contention. It’s even Chicago’s first playoff berth since 2010. And it’s their first win over Rodgers at Soldier Field since 2010 (yes, these teams play each other twice every year and the Bears hadn’t beaten the Packers at home since 2010).

Mack was all over the field on Sunday and made life hell for Rodgers. The edge rusher was credited with 2.5 sacks, and one of those even featured Mack moving backwards and basically tackling Rodgers with his butt.

Oh, and there’s this:

Leonard Floyd lines up opposite Mack, and the 2016 first-round pick was excellent himself with two sacks. The second sack took the Packers out of touchdown range in the final seconds while trailing by 10.

And that happened after Eddie Jackson picked off Rodgers in the end zone on 3rd-and-goal with just over three minutes remaining. The pick ended Rodgers’ NFL record interception-less streak of 402 passes.

However, Jackson was injured on the play with a leg injury and didn’t return. The safety has been one of the best defensive players in the NFL this season, using his outstanding range and instincts to pick off six passes and get three defensive touchdowns. If it’s a serious injury, that would obviously be a huge loss for the Bears.

The Bears are now just playing for playoff seeding, and that’s likely the third or fourth seed in the NFC, barring the New Orleans Saints (11-2) or Los Angeles Rams (11-2) stumbling down the stretch. With the Dallas Cowboys losing on Sunday to the Indianapolis Colts, the Bears’ magic number for (at least) the No. 3 seed is down to one. And the Bears will have a good chance to lock up (at least) the No. 3 seed against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 16.

Chicago was expected to make strides this season and be competitive, but few predicted 10 wins and a division title, especially by Week 15. So, this has already been a tremendous season for the Bears, regardless of how it goes for them the rest of the way. But — as they showed with their 15-6 win over the Rams last week — they’re a very real threat with an elite defense and an offense that can do enough (and sometimes looks very good when Mitch Trubisky is on his game, as he was Sunday).

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