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Orland Park Man Wins Patch's 'Predict the Score' Contest!

Dean Casper comes closest with his 24-14 prediction of a Packers victory over the Bears, winning a $150 Target gift card.

Those @#$&! Packers! Green Bay came into Soldier Field and dominated for most of the game, though third-string quarterback Caleb Hanie came off the bench and made a valiant effort to get our Bears back into it.

No matter the score, we have a winner in Patch's "Predict the Score" contest. Dean Casper, of Orland Park, who predicted 24-14, was just three points off the final score of 21-14. He wins the $150 Target gift card.

He was one of three Patch readers to predict the Packers would beat the Bears in our contest. Todd Bunge was very confident in the Packers, guessing 34-17, 16 total points off the mark. Darwin Vermiere figured a few field goals would be in the mix, guessing 24-17, six points off the mark.

But Casper was just a field goal off the mark.

"I am a DIE HARD Green Bay Packer fan and proud owner of one share of Packer stock," said Casper in a post elsewhere on the Tinley Park Patch site in a bid to turn the site's editor into a Packers fan. "The Packers are the ONLY professional sports team to be publicly owned.

"The Packers are the most fan-friendly team in sports. In summer training camp, players will ride the bikes of area kids the two blocks from the locker room to the practice facility, while the kids carry the player's helmet. This is so cool!"

The first points of the game came on a one-yard touchdown run by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. No one guessed he'd score on his own two feet. (And he tripped up Brian Urlacher after an interception, preventing a Bears touchdown.) The last time the Packers were in the Super Bowl was 1998. The last time they won a Super Bowl, Brett Favre was quarterback in 1997.

At 90 years, Bears vs. Packers is the longest rivalry in the National Football League.

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In the comments below, you can see all the guesses in our contest.

Christina Edwards January 22, 2011 at 12:20 AM
Christina Edwards Bears 23, Packers 17. First score by Robbie Gould.
Marita Collins January 22, 2011 at 05:05 AM
Marita Collins Bears 27 Green Bay 17 First score by Cutler.
Darwin Vermeire January 22, 2011 at 05:23 AM
Darwin Vermeire Packers 24 Bears 17 First Score by Jon Kuhn of Green Bay
Rick Greenfield January 22, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Rick Greenfield - Bears - 20 Green bay - 17 - Earl Bennett will score first
Tim Eggert January 22, 2011 at 03:56 PM
Tim Eggert Bears 17 Packers 13 First to score-Robbie Gould
carol January 22, 2011 at 04:41 PM
Carol Preston Bears - 24 Packers - 17 First to score - Johnny Knox
Ruth Shaver January 22, 2011 at 06:34 PM
Ruth Shaver Bears - 28 Packer - 13 First to Score - Cutler.
Diane January 22, 2011 at 07:08 PM
Diane Thomas Bears 24 Packers 10 First to Score - Robbie Gould
Becky Staszak January 22, 2011 at 08:36 PM
Becky Staszak Oak Lawn Bears 27 GB 21 GB 1st
MARGARET GONIO January 22, 2011 at 09:24 PM
PEGGY GONIO BEARS 13 PACKERS 10 BEARS 1ST BY JAY CUTLER
Brenda Fassl January 22, 2011 at 09:45 PM
Brenda Fassl-Bears 23 Packers 13 First to score Devin Hester
Frank castro January 23, 2011 at 12:22 AM
Packers 31 bears 6 sorry
Dean Casper January 23, 2011 at 05:33 AM
Dean Casper, GREEN BAY 24, Chicago 14. WR James Jones will score first on a TD pass from Aaron Rodgers
Concerned January 23, 2011 at 12:39 PM
Rhonda Ceska, Bears 27, Green Bay 13 First score by Cutler Go Bears!
Tom Cunningham January 23, 2011 at 01:26 PM
Tom Cunningham Bears 20 -Packers 17 Cutler running it in on his own.
LAURA DLUSKI January 23, 2011 at 02:27 PM
Laura Dluski Bears 21-Packers 17 Devin Hester will score first touchdown
tom spellman January 23, 2011 at 02:55 PM
Tom Spellman Bears 24 - Packers 17
Aware Palos Hills Citizen January 23, 2011 at 02:56 PM
Jean Glockler Bears 21 Greenbay 14 HESTER scores first! GO BEARS!!!!!!
don preston January 23, 2011 at 03:53 PM
Don Preston Bears 24 Packers 14 Robbie Gould scores first.
Elaine Steadman Lesniak January 23, 2011 at 04:56 PM
Bears 21 Packers 17 Greg Olsen scores first
Tim Kois January 23, 2011 at 05:30 PM
Tim Kois Bears 20, Packers 13 Mason Crosby field goal
Craig Welsh January 23, 2011 at 06:10 PM
Craig Welsh Bears 23 Packers 17 Gould
N Yan January 23, 2011 at 06:15 PM
Nicle Yaniz Bears 22 Packers 14 Hester
Michael G. Lombard January 23, 2011 at 06:49 PM
Mike Lombard bears 20 packers 17. Packers will score first
Paul Franks January 23, 2011 at 06:50 PM
Paul Franks First to score - Chicago by Robbie Gould Final score - Bears 20 Green Bay 17
Bette Wallerstein Lombard January 23, 2011 at 06:51 PM
Bette W. Lombard Bears 24 Packers 21 Forte first to score
Paige Lombard January 23, 2011 at 06:59 PM
Paige Lombard Bears 21 Packers 20 First to score - Robbie Gould
Adam Lombard January 23, 2011 at 07:09 PM
Adam Lombard Bears 30 Packers 27 First to score - Packer's Mason Crosby
Sandra Czyznikiewicz January 23, 2011 at 07:19 PM
Sandra Czyznikiewicz Bears 28 - Packers 27 - Packers score first
James Czyznikiewicz January 23, 2011 at 07:26 PM
Green Bay scores first, TD pass to Jennings, but final score, Bears 17 Greenbay 16

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