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Green Bay comes back to beat Chicago yet again

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CHICAGO − Move over, Chicago Bears. The Green Bay Packers now have the most wins in NFL history.

In a game that resembled almost nothing else in significance, the league’s oldest rivalry relied on history. The Packers’ 28-19 win against the Bears in Chicago was their 787th win all time, one more than the Bears. It’s the first time since 1921 a franchise other than the Bears has led the NFL in wins.

The victory was sealed with rookie Christian Watson’s 46-yard touchdown run on a jet sweep with 2 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, playing through injured ribs and a broken throwing thumb, completed the 2-point conversion to tight end Marcedes Lewis, giving the Packers a two-possession lead.

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After the conversion, Rodgers pointed at his sideline, ran to join Lewis’ celebration in the end zone, then stood and saluted at Bears fans in the stands. Yes, the four-time MVP quarterback still owns Chicago.

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So do the Packers, knocking the Bears to No. 2 on the all-time wins list.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson (9) smiles after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against the Chicago Bears.

Christian Watson touchdown machine

Christian Watson might be a superstar. It’s possible the Packers rookie receiver is just on the streak of his life, but given his size, speed and undeniable production to match, Watson is putting himself in that conversation – even before his game-sealing score. Watson had no catches on three targets when the Packers lined up for a fourth-and-4 from the 14-yard line with 23 seconds left in Sunday’s first half. Rodgers found Watson, who was tightly covered in the end zone by Bears cornerback Elijah Hicks, for a touchdown to pull within 16-10 before reaching halftime. It was Watson’s seventh touchdown in the past four games, a stunning streak considering he had zero touchdown catches in the first nine. He now is tied for fourth in the NFL. Only Buffalo’s Stefon Diggs, Las Vegas’ Davante Adams and Philadelphia’s A.J. Brown have more touchdown catches than Watson. Those are All-Pro caliber receivers. Given that, it’s hard to understand why Watson wasn’t a bigger part of the Packers game plan. He had just six targets Sunday, the same as Allen Lazard and only one more than Aaron Jones. It took until midseason for the Packers to realize they needed to force the football to Jones, their best player. The next step is building more plays in their game plan for Watson, their best receiver.

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