GREEN BAY – For one half, it looked like the Chicago Bears would own the Packers on this night.

But in the second half, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers proved they still hold the edge between the NFL’s oldest and most famous rivalry with a 45-30 victory before a sell-out crowed of 78,273 fans as Green Bay improved to 10-3 and in command of the NFC North.  With a victory over Baltimore Sunday or a Minnesota Vikings loss, the Packers will claim their third consecutive NFC North title.

After being outplayed in the first 20 minutes of the game and trailing 27-21 at the half, Green Bay seized control of the game in the first seven minutes of the second half behind their three offensive playmakers:  Rodgers, Aaron Jones, and Davante Adams.

First, Jones slashed in from the Bears 3 for a 28-27 lead.  After the Preston Smith sacked Justin Fields and recovered his fumble, the offense cashed in on Rodgers’ perfect aerial lofted over a Chicago lineman that Jones ran in from 23 yards for a 35-27 cushion.  Jones compiled modest stats (35 rushing yards, three catches for 30 yards), but his third-quarter finishes were crucial to the comeback.  Rodgers was vintage Rodgers with a 141.1 QBR, completing 29 of 37 passes for 341 yards and four touchdowns.  His favorite target, Adams, caught 10 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns.

It was a wild second quarter that featured six touchdowns and 45 total points.

“There was no panic at halftime,” head coach Matt LaFleur said.  “I thought we kind of got back to who we were in the second half, and I think that was pretty evident. There’s a lot to clean up, obviously, in all three phases

“Certainly, special teams wasn’t good enough. There were moments offensively that weren’t good enough as well as defensively. But you know any time you win the turnover battle three to nothing that’s a pretty big deal. Give the Bears a lot of credit, they came ready to play.”

So did the Green Bay defense, despite giving up two explosive touchdown pass plays to Jakeem Grant Sr. (46 yards) and Damiere Byrd (54 yards) in the first half.

Smith, who delivered an impassioned locker room speech at halftime, then led by example with a game-changing strip-sack of Fields in the third quarter to set up the offense at the Bears 23 for the clinching touchdown.  Savvy cornerback Rasul Douglas again displayed his big-play ability with another pick-six, this time cutting in front of Darnell Mooney and racing 55 yards to paydirt in a wild second quarter for 14-10 Green Bay lead.  Activated on Saturday, Campbell returned and bolstered the defense with 16 total tackles, including 13 solo to help limit Chicago’s workhorse running back David Montgomery to 42 yards.

Grant Sr.’s electrifying punt return just before halftime will make all highlight reels.

The dynamic Chicago return specialist torched the Packers’ anemic special teams punt coverage unit with three returns for 131 yards (43.7 yard average).  With less than two minutes before intermission, Grant Sr. fielded Corey Bojorquez’s punt at his own 3-yard line and started running right into a sea of defenders.  He stopped on the dime at the 5-yard line before Oren Burks could grab him and reversed field.  He turned the corner around the 10-yard line and bolted untouched past Green Bay defenders down the left sideline for a 24-14 cushion.

While LaFleur spent the bulk of his Monday afternoon press conference, he vowed the team would address the assignment issues and have an “all hands on deck” mentality to insert starters and core players to shore up the problems.

Rodgers, 2-5 as a starter against Chicago, surpassed Brett Favre with his 61st touchdown pass against the Bears—the most all-time against Chicago.  But the win was most important and Rodgers was pleased to see the offense explode in the second half.

“I don’t know if there is anything in particular,” Rodgers said.  “We just hit a couple plays to get us going, we kind of got into a rhythm a little bit. That was important

“We ran the ball a little better and then we started slinging it all over the place. We scored that first touchdown and then Rasul Douglas had that pick-six to put us ahead but then they got a couple scores and next thing you know we are back down 10. It was a really important drive for us in the two-minute to score. We wanted to get Davante involved so we moved him into the slot on few of those plays and got the right coverage.”

The Packers face the Ravens in Baltimore at 3:25 p.m. Sunday, in a game televised exclusively in Western Wisconsin on FOX 25/48.