Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and wide receiver
Jordy Nelson (87)
celebrates a touchdown in the second half.
CHICAGO — There was no stopping
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
Rodgers threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns, and the Packers
shook off one of their worst offensive performances in years with a
38-17 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon.
The Packers (2-2) scored on their first six possessions to build a
38-17 lead. They racked up 358 yards after being held to 223, their
lowest total since 2008, a week earlier in a 19-7 loss at Detroit.
They intercepted Jay Cutler twice in the third quarter to pull away
from the Bears (2-2). That gave Green Bay five straight wins at
Soldier Field, including the NFC title game four years ago and a
playoffs-or-bust finale for both teams last season.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) yells over to the
sidelines in the first half.
Rodgers completed 22 of 28 passes and
had all the time he needed with five-time Pro Bowl defensive end
Jared Allen missing the game because of an illness.
Randall Cobb had seven catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
Jordy Nelson had 10 receptions for 108 yards and two TDs, and the
Packers came away with the win despite allowing 496 yards.
The offenses were so effective — or the defenses struggled so badly
— that neither team punted. That happened only once before in a
regular-season NFL game, 22 years ago.
Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) celebrates a
touchdown with teammate David Bakhtiari (69) in the first
The Bears basically matched Green Bay
score for score before Cutler threw those interceptions. He wound up
passing for 256 yards and two TDs but fell to 1-10 lifetime against
Green Bay, counting the postseason.
Matt Forte ran for 122 yards on 22 carries. Martellus Bennett had
nine catches for a career-high 134 yards, but Chicago came up short
after back-to-back wins at San Francisco and the New York Jets.
Mason Crosby kicked a 53-yard field goal on the opening possession
of the second half to extend the Packers' lead to 24-17, and things
unraveled for the Bears after that.
Chicago had the ball on the Green Bay 24 when Cutler hit cornerback
Tramon Williams in the chest with a pass. The ball ricocheted to
Clay Matthews, who returned it 45 yards. That led to an 11-yard
scoring pass from Rodgers to Nelson, making it 31-17.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates a
backup quarterback Matt Flynn (10) in the second half.
Another bad interception by Cutler
set up another TD for the Packers. This time, he threw one right to
Sam Shields, who crossed the field on a 62-yard return to put the
ball at the 11. Chicago's Jonathan Bostic got called for a hold,
negating a field goal by Crosby to start the fourth quarter, and
Rodgers hit Cobb from the 3 to make it 38-17.
The Packers and Bears combined for 508 yards in the first half.
Chicago outgained Green Bay 303-205, but the Packers led 21-17 after
reaching the end zone on all three possessions.
The Bears scored on their first three drives, but missed a touchdown
by a few inches as the half ended.
Green Bay went up 21-17 lead with just over a minute left when
Randall Cobb caught a 22-yard pass from Rodgers, but the way the
offenses were moving, it clearly was not safe.
Martellus Bennett got stopped just short of the end zone on an
8-yard catch as time expired. Chicago seemed to think he reached
across the goal line before getting taken down, but a replay review
upheld the call.