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Jay Cutler takes responsibility for interception before halftime

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler accepted responsibility for an interception he threw late in the first half.

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Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler took responsibility Sunday for an interception he threw less than two minutes before halftime of his team's game against Green Bay. The pass, which was intended for Devin Hester, was picked by Casey Hayward, who returned it inside the Chicago 30.

"You know, it came out of my hands," Cutler said. "I'm responsible. Those things can't happen. That's how you lose ballgames against good teams like that."

Not long after the pick, the Packers cashed in on a touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to James Jones, which gave them a 14-7 lead. It was a lead they would not relinquish on their way to a 21-13 victory.

Green Bay clinched the NFC North with the victory, leaving the Bears to fight for one of the two Wild Card playoff spots. Chicago is one of five NFC teams at 8-6, and it is tied for second in the division with Minnesota.