Just when it looked as though the Chicago Bears' Caleb Hanie was about to lead his team to a tie with the Green Bay Packers, an interception by Sam Shields, his second of the game, sealed the Packers a 21-14 victory.
Hanie entered the game after Todd Collins failed to jump start the offense. Because Jay Cutler left the game with a knee injury and Collins was ineffective, head coach Lovie Smith turned to his third quarterback in Hanie, preventing Cutler or Collins from re-entering the game. Hanie went 13-of-20 for 153 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. All in all, it was a decent performance for the former Colorado St. Rams quarterback.
B.J. Raji scored the only Packers touchdown of the second half when he intercepted Hanie for the first time in the game.
The Packers are in their fifth Super Bowl appearance and their first since they faced the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII, which John Elway and the Broncos won. The Packers were the No. 6 seed and whether they face the Jets or the Steelers, it will be the first time a No. 6 seed faces a team other than a No. 1 seed (via Adam Schefter).