CHICAGO (AP) -- The Monsters of the Midway are back -- in the playoffs.
The Chicago Bears clinched the NFC North title with a 24-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field, ending an eight-year playoff drought.
The Bears hadn't won a division title since 2010. Their last playoff appearance was in January 2011, a 21-14 loss to the Packers.
In the AFC, the Colts handed the Cowboys their first shutout in 15 years, a 23-0 win that improved Indianapolis' record to 8-6, tied with the Ravens, who hold the tiebreaker for the second AFC wild-card spot. Baltimore beat the Buccaneers 20-12 today.
The Cowboys hadn't put up a goose egg since a 12-0 loss to the Patriots on Nov. 16, 2003