Any meeting between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers is a historical one, especially with the kind of relationsthip that these twoteams and their fanbases have. And even with current COVID protocols limiting the amount of fans that are allowed in NFL stadiums, these two teams are thankfully still able to suit up and play primetime football.
However, these two franchises have certainly been going their own separate ways over the past few years, as the Bears have struggled to find consistent QB play to support their stout defense, while the Packers have been able to ride the kind of generational superstar that Aaron Rodgers is to continued success, even with their defense holding them back.
In Sunday night’s game, the fast start that the Packers got out to was plenty to get them to the finish line, as they took the win by a score of 41-25.
A fast start for the Packers resulted in an early touchdown to start the game, as Rodgers orchestrated a 14-play scoring drive that resulted in a 12-yard TD pass to Davante Adams, as he continued his outrageous stretch of football, marking this game as the sixth-consecutive game with a TD for no. 17.
On the first drive of the game for the Bears, an early run by David Montgomery for 57 yards quickly got Chicago into the red zone, but their struggling offense was unable to punch it in, as they settled for a field goal to make it 6-3 (after Mason Crosby failed on his first extra point attempt of the game).
Another long drive began for GB when they got the ball back, as six of the drive’s seven plays were held in the first quarter, as the Packers yet again drove down the field, as this drive made it the second-consecutive 75-yard scoring drive.
The first play of the quarter was the culmination of the Packers’ second offensive drive of the game, as Rodgers found old man Marcedes Lewis for a short, 5-yard TD grab to make it 13-6.
As is typical for the Bears, their success only lasts for so long, as Trubisky threw an interception on the ensuing drive, as he overshot a double-covered Darnell Mooney down the field, with safety Darnell Savage hauling in the pass for a touchback.
With the ball, Green Bay took the ball 80 yards in 13 plays, resulting in a short connection from Rodgers to Allen Lazard for his third passing score of the day, this time from two yards out. This connection came on a play that involved a lot of motion and confusion for the Bears to have to follow, which opened up an open Lazard in the end zone, which Rodgers found off of his back foot.
The Packers’ defense stepped up on the Bears’ next drive, as a forced fumble by Za’Darius Smith was recovered by Preston Smith and taken back to the house for a 14-yard scoop and score. Trubisky was forced into a crowded pocket as both Za’Darius Smith and Rashan Gary crashed and forced Trubisky to step up into the rush, forcing the fumble and eventual score for Green Bay.
Coming back from the turnover, the Bears put together a strong, 14-play drive that covered 87 yards and resulted in a short TD pass to Allen Robinson. Trubisky was able to move the defense around by pulling out of the read-option look and roll to his right, opening up a pocket just inside the end zone for Robinson to sit down, which Trubisky found.
Green Bay took the ball back for one play and ran the clock out to go into half with 27-10 lead.
Both teams opened up the second half with a punt, as the Bears received the kickoff to start the third quarter.
Savage grabbed his second interception of the night on Chicago’s second drive of the third quarter, as Trubisky decided to throw into a bad coverage situation again, just this time it was into triple coverage instead of double coverage like his first turnover. Robinson was open on a crossing route that would have gotten the first down, but yet again, he took the unsafe route and it again resulted in a TO.
Capitalizing on the short field, Green Bay scored again, this time as Rodgers connected with tight end Robert Tonyan on a 39-yd TD down the middle on a play-action play that pulled everyone from the CHI secondary up to the line with the hard fake.
Chicago was forced into an early punt on their next drive on a three-and-out, and Green Bay proceeded to go 66 yards on nine plays, resulting in a 13-yard TD run by Jamaal Williams.
Chicago put up another TD on the board, as Robinson hauled in his second short score of the day, this time from six yards out, to complete the final drive of the third quarter that mostly occurred in the fourth quarter.
GB punted for only the second time of the game on their next drive, and the Bears drove down the field yet again and scored, this time via a receiving TD from David Montgomery, to keep the game close enough to keep Rodgers in the game.
After converting a few third downs to ice the game, Green Bay brought in Tim Boyle and kneeled out the game, sending Green Bay onto their eight win of the season and extending their NFC North divisional lead to three games, as both the Bears and Minnesota Vikings are tied with a 5-6 record.
The 41 points are the second-most to have been put up by the Packers against the Bears in the Super Bowl-era, behind the 55-point outburst a few years back, showcasing that the GB offense is certainly firing on almost all of its cylinders, and that it thankfully did not disappear in the second half like it too commonly has this year.
This also was GB’s 100th victory over the Bears in their franchise’s history, and it could not have come any easier really. Next week, the Packers will host the Philadelphia Eagles, which will be coming off of a Monday Night showdown with the Seattle Seahawks that will have many postseason implications tied to the outcome.뿓뿓뿓
Mike Johrendt has been an avid fan of the Packers ever since he can remember. He is now a writer at PackersTalk and you can follow him on Twitter at @MJohrendt23