GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Chicago Bears took back the NFC North title and claimed a first-round playoff bye at their new home away from home Lambeau Field.

“Now it’s the Bears’ den,” linebacker Lance Briggs said after Chicago’s 24-17 victory Sunday over the Green Bay Packers.

Bears coach Lovie Smith is 2-0 at Lambeau, and Chicago (11-4) has won three of its last four against the Packers (3-12).

Even without its grinding running attack or stingy defense working in the first half, quarterback Rex Grossman gave the Bears enough to win their first division crown since 2001.

By the second half, it was vintage Bears.

“There wasn’t anything that we said (at halftime),” Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said. “Just make tackles, and we did that.”

Grossman didn’t approach the efficiency Brett Favre showed in leading the Packers to three straight division titles and four consecutive playoff berths. However, Grossman made the type of plays Kyle Orton struggled with before being benched last week.

Favre tried frantically to rally the Packers with 1:26 left, but he was sacked twice in the final minute and threw an interception to Chris Harris, the second of the game for the Bears’ safety, as time expired before slumping to the ground in frustration.

Favre did not talk to reporters for the second straight week following the loss, finishing 30-of-51 for 317 yards with four interceptions.

“I thought at times in the game because of our situation with the offensive line (injuries), he was under duress,” Packers coach Mike Sherman said. “He made some plays for us. Obviously you don’t want to turn the ball over.”

It was the fourth straight game Favre failed to throw a touchdown pass, and the first time the Packers were swept in a season series by Chicago since before he came to Green Bay. Now it’s Grossman, not Favre, generating rave reviews.

“Rex is throwing the ball really well, he’s seeing the field really well and he’s putting great touch on the ball,” said wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad, who caught five passes for 58 yards and scored the game’s first touchdown on a 12-yard pass.

“He played an awesome game, and if continues to play like that, we’ll have a great offense.”

Grossman finished 11-of-23 with 166 yards and an interception. He threw deep passes efficiently enough to open room for Thomas Jones to run for 105 yards on 25 carries.

“I feel like I had such bad luck getting hurt again,” Grossman said of his broken ankle in the preseason that kept him out until last week. “I feel great right now. All the hard work and rehab are paying off.”

Packers rookie Noah Herron scored from the 1 to tie the game 7-7 midway through the second quarter while the Bears struggled.

Jones had just 9 yards on five carries, and the vaunted defense had allowed 175 yards on the Packers’ first three possessions as Green Bay held a 12-minute time of possession advantage with just over 6 minutes left in the first half.

Instead of panicking, Grossman took 62 seconds to get the Bears back on track.

He aired it out to wide receiver Bernard Berrian for a 54-yard gain. A roughing the passer penalty put the ball on the Packers 9, and Chicago scored two plays later on a 2-yard run by Jones to take a 14-7 lead.

Favre threw an interception just before the half _ his 25th of the season, surpassing his previous career high of 24 in 1993. But Favre’s most damaging throw came late in the third quarter after Green Bay’s defense forced the Bears go three-and-out after Chicago took a 17-7 lead on Robbie Gould’s 45-yard field goal.

Favre appeared to never to see Briggs, who was covering fullback William Henderson in the flat, and Briggs walked to the end zone from 10 yards out to make it 24-7.

“I didn’t think he was going to throw it,” Briggs said. “(He saw me) after I caught the ball and scored.”

In the fourth, Antonio Chatman returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown and Longwell finally hit a field goal from 26 yards with 1:54 left to make it 24-17.

But Favre’s final drive fizzled, something that never used to happen against the Bears.

Now it’s Chicago, not Green Bay, with title dreams.

“We have to win three games, and we’re world champions,” Grossman said. “We know our place, and we know we’ve got a good team. It’s a matter of preparing and getting better and taking this opportunity to go to the Super Bowl.”

Notes:@ Sherman is 12-2 in December home games. ... The Bears last won consecutive games at Lambeau since 1999-2000. ... Favre is now 21-7 all-time against Chicago. ... Smith is 3-2 against division opponents on the road.

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