Packers complete second half comeback to top Bears 28-19
With the win, Green Bay becomes the NFL’s all-time leader in franchise wins
CHICAGO, Ill. (WSAW) - In the 206th meeting of the NFL’s oldest rivalry, the Packers come from behind to beat the Bears 28-19.
The Bears elected to get the ball first and made the most out of the opportunity. An 11-play drive only covered 53 yards, but Chicago put through a 40-yard field goal to take the first lead at 3-0.
After a Packers’ three-and-out, the Bears made Green Bay pay in a bigger way. Bears’ quarterback Justin Fields broke off a 55-yard run to extend Chicago’s lead, a 10-0 score that held at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Green Bay found some rhythm on offense. A 13-play drive put the Packers on Chicago’s six-yard line, but Green Bay couldn’t convert a third and five and settled for a short Mason Crosby field goal to get on the board at 10-3.
On the Bears’ next offensive series, the Green Bay defense came up with a play. As Chicago was driving, Rasul Douglas forced a fumble on Chase Claypool that was scooped up by Rudy Ford. After a review, the call stood as called and Green Bay took over. However, the Packers’ drive would stall after a fourth down stop by the Bears.
It didn’t take too long for the Bears to go back on the move. Justin Fields launched a 56-yard pass to former Packer Equanimeous St. Brown to get inside the Green Bay ten. The very next play, David Montgomery took a seven-yard carry in for six. The extra point was unsuccessful leaving the score 16-3 in favor of Chicago.
Using essentially the rest of the first half clock, Green Bay went to work on the offensive side of the ball. The Packers lapped up nearly six minutes of clock before reaching the Chicago 14. Matt LaFleur would roll the dice on fourth and four, electing to go for it instead of settling for a field goal. The gamble paid off as Rodgers hit Christian Watson for the score, Watson’s seventh touchdown in the last four games. The teams entered the locker room with Chicago ahead 16-10.
The second half started with a string of three-and-outs before the Bears got clicking on offense once again. Chicago converted multiple third down situations to get to the Green Bay eight. A penalty would set the Bears back some, allowing Green Bay to keep the Bears out of the end zone. Chicago would settle for a field goal, making it 19-10. That score held into the fourth quarter.
After a stagnant third quarter, the Packers’ offense came alive to start the fourth. A pass interference helped bring Green Bay into Bears’ territory. Not too long after, AJ Dillon would bust a 21-yard touchdown run to bring the game back to a one-score contest. It was Dillon’s second touchdown run of 20 yards or more in consecutive weeks. A successful point after made the game 19-17.
Following that, a quick drive by the Bears packed quite a bit in a small period of time. N’keal Harry made a sensational 49-yard catch to get onto the Packers’ side of the field. However, as the Bears lined up for a 40-yard field goal, the Packers blocked the field goal to keep the game at 19-17.
From there, the Packers went to a healthy dose of ground and pound. Riding Dillon once again, the Packers went deep into Chicago territory on a 13-play drive. Although they once again couldn’t punch it in the end zone, Mason Crosby’s 32-yard field goal gave Green Bay their first lead of the game at 20-19.
Suddenly trailing with under five minutes to go in the game, the Bears needed an answer. A promising drive crossed the fifty for Chicago, but Jaire Alexander jumped a Fields throw to give the Packers the ball back with 2:52 in the game.
Following the two minute warning, the Packers utilized the speed of Watson to flip the game. On a jet sweep, Watson took the ball and went 46 yards for his second touchdown of the game. The touchdown marked Watson’s second rushing score of the season. A crucial two-point conversion from Rodgers to Marcedes Lewis gave the Packers a nine-point lead at 28-19.
With little time left, the Bears tried to march down the field and get something on the board. However, Fields was picked for the second straight drive, this time by Keisean Nixon to seal the win for Green Bay.
Rodgers finished the day 18-31 for 182 yards and a touchdown. Dillon dominated the rushing attack with Aaron Jone battling a shin injury during the game. The power back had 93 yards and a touchdown in the victory. Allen Lazard led the Packers in receiving with five catches for 67 yards. However, Watson continued his stellar stretch with 94 total yards and two more touchdowns.
The Green Bay defense forced three Chicago turnovers in the win.
The win breaks a tie with the Bears for most wins in NFL history by a single franchise, giving Green Bay 787 victories all time.
The Packers get their long-awaited bye week next week before returning Monday, December 19 to play the ailing Rams at Lambeau Field.
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