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Packers 24 Bears 14: How It Happened

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The Packers survive a slow start to overcome and pull away with a 24-14 win over the Bears at Soldier Field, led by superb efforts by Aaron Rodgers and Kenny Clark.  Green Bay improved to 5-1 with their fifth-straight win.

Bad From the Jump

The Packers started on offense and were quickly ushered off the field after a missed deep ball from Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams and a terrible sack on 3rd down with guard Royce Newman missing Khalil Mack, allowing him a clear path to Rodgers.  Center Josh Myers left the game with a knee injury and was replaced by Lucas Patrick.

The Bears easily churned through a Packers defense that was down two of their top three cornerbacks.  Bears quarterback Justin Fields quickly found Packers corner Isaac Yiadom, who gave up a big completion and then committed pass interference in the end zone, giving the Bears the ball on the goal line.  Easy touchdown by Bears running back Khalil Herbert, Bears up 7-0.

The Packers couldn’t muster any offense between the pressure on Rodgers, no production by the run game and no separation by the receivers.

The Bears, on the other hand, did find yards on the ground despite no running back David Montgomery.  On a 4th and 1, the Bears picked up the yard on a Herbert run and kept the drive moving.  A Packers challenge was unsuccessful and the conversion stood.  On 3rd and 7, the Packers appeared to jump offsides but it was not called.  Fields, thinking he had a free play, threw a deep ball that was intercepted in the end zone by safety Darnell Savage.

Flush It And Respond

The Bears committed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty early in the drive.  On a third-down catch by tight end Robert Tonyan that was ruled a first down, the Bears challenged the spot and won, setting up fourth down and short.  A Rodgers sneak picked up the yard and the drive continued.  A big pass to Adams got the Packers down near the red zone.  In first and goal,  running back Aaron Jones got down to the one-yard line setting up a third down and a flip to receiver Allen Lazard got the Packers into the end zone to tie it 7-7.

Packers defense held on the next Bears possession with linebacker Jonathan Garvin picking up a sack on third down, giving the Packers some more signs of life.

A big 38-yard run by running back A.J. Dillon quickly set the Packers up in Bears territory.  A nifty screen to Jones put the Packers in another first and goal.  The Bears blew up a first-down run put the Packers behind the sticks.  They weren’t able to find the end zone after a questionable offensive pass interference call against Equanimeous St. Brown on third down put the Packers back at the Bears’ 25-yard line.  They weren’t able to get into the end zone and had to settle for a Mason Crosby field goal put Green Bay on top 10-7.

The Bears had the ball with four minutes left.  Packers safety Adrian Amos nearly had an interception in the end zone but he was out of bounds.  A big third-down sack by defensive lineman Dean Lowry moved Chicago out of field goal range and forced a punt and the half ended with the Packers in the lead.

The Packers settled in, ran the ball well and the defense stiffened up to keep themselves in what is always a tough road game.  A few very questionable calls by the officials marred the first half a bit.

Where Were We. . .

Savage was hurt on the first play from scrimmage in the second half, after taking a head shot on a low tackle.  He would not return.  The Packers were still able to get a stop and force a punt.  The pass rush still found success despite missing linebacker Preston Smith, who was out with an oblique injury.

A big run by Jones moved the Packers near mid-field.  A pass interference call on third down kept the drive alive.  From there, Rodgers completed passes to tight end Marcedes Lewis and Jones, capped off by a nice catch and run by Jones to get into the end zone and put the Packers up 17-7.  The Packers went 90 yards and ate up nearly seven minutes.

The Bears came alive, picking up a few first downs but the Packers defense held and the Bears punted it away.  Fields wasn’t able to find anyone downfield to pick up on third and long.

Cue the Drama

On the next possession, a Rodgers sack on third down killed the drive and the Packers had to punt from deep in their own territory.  Newman was once again suspect number one, allowing the pressure.  The Corey Bojorquez punt went all the way into the end zone for a touchback.  An incredible 82-yard punt.

The Bears churned and burned, finally realizing the Packers’ secondary was beat up, easily moving the ball down the field and finally punching it in on an easy catch by Darnell Mooney to close the gap, 17-14.  Chicago put themself in a first-and-20 situation on a holding call but had no trouble overcoming that as they moved like a hot knife through the butter that was the Packers defense.  The Bears entered the red zone and the Packers were all too eager to keep their streak of touchdowns allowed when opponents get inside the 20-yard line.

Packers drove down with Rodgers finding Adams on a 40-yard pass that set the Packers up just outside the red zone.  Adams ran into the end zone but wasn’t able to avoid stepping out of bounds at the Bears’ 22-yard line.  After getting down inside the 10-yard line, Rodgers kept it on a rollout and scampered into the end zone to put the Packers up 24-14 with a belt celebration to put the icing on the cake.

Kenny Clark

The Bears got some help with their starting field position after an unnecessary roughness call on Kylin Hill put the Bears near mid field.  They began to drive when two big sacks by Kenny Clark thwarted any further movement and a holding on fourth down and an incomplete pass ended Chicago’s day.

When you need your biggest players to show up when things are down, Rodgers and Clark were both that for the Packers along with a run game that ended up with 154 yards on 31 carries.  Things didn’t start well and the Packers lost more preferred starters but survived the Bears at Soldier Field.

The Packers’ red zone defense is still an issue that they have to figure out.  They were missing several playmakers but the trend goes beyond the players on the field when it has gone on this long.  If they can’t muster stops when it matters most, they’ll continue to stress the other areas of their game.

Rodgers is now 22-5 against the Bears in his career.  After further review, it’s confirmed: The Bears Still. . you know.

What’s Next

The Packers return home to face the Washington Football Team with a 5-1 record in tow.  With a short week following next Sunday, the Packers need to continue this momentum that has led them to five-straight wins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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