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December 30, 2013

5 things to know after Packers beat Bears 33-28

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Here are five things we learned from this game:

RODGERS READY: Rodgers got off to a shaky start. Then, he got payback against the team that nearly ended his season.

He was intercepted on the Packers' first two possessions but threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns in his first appearance since he was injured in a loss to Chicago on Nov. 4. That had to at least send a chill through San Francisco and anyone else Green Bay might face in the postseason.

WHERE'S THE 'D?': If there's one area that could prevent the Packers from making a run, it would be the defense — particularly with Clay Matthews sidelined by broken thumb.

Among the worst in the league coming in, that group gave up 345 yards but couldn't stop Chicago in the second half. The Packers gave up 21 points over the final two quarters and registered just one sack against Cutler in the game.

CUT-TING IT: Yes, the Bears' first season under Trestman ended the way five of the previous six did under Lovie Smith — with Chicago out of the playoffs. They can't blame that on their quarterback, though.

With an expiring contract and questions about his ability in big games, Cutler came through with a solid performance, throwing for 226 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He is now 1-9 against Green Bay, including a conference final and a loss with Denver in 2007.

UNCERTAIN FUTURES: The Bears could have a decidedly different look next season, with many players having expiring contracts besides Cutler. That list includes Devin Hester, Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings, among others.

Hester would like to come back. Whether he will is a different story.

"I've done a lot of things around here," he said. "It's my eighth year. I just feel like I'd (like) the honor of trying to retire as a Bear. At the same time, this is a business. It's up to the guys upstairs whether or not I'm worthy of staying around."

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