Packers kicker Mason Crosby (2) celebrates with his teammates
after kicking a game winning field goal against the Chicago
Bears during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday,
Dec. 18, 2016, in Chicago. The Packers won 30-27.
CHICAGO — Aaron Rodgers and the
Green Bay Packers were rolling along with a big lead, looking as though
they would take another step toward a playoff spot and the top of the
Once it disappeared, they still found a way to pull out the victory.
Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson with a 60-yard pass to set up Mason Crosby's
32-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the Green Bay Packers to a
30-27 victory over the Bears in one of the coldest games ever played in
Chicago on Sunday.
Wide receiver-turned-running back Ty Montgomery ran for a career-high
162 yards and two touchdowns. Micah Hyde broke up a potential go-ahead
touchdown pass, and the Packers (8-6) earned their fourth straight
victory despite blowing a 27-10 lead in the fourth quarter.
They also moved ahead of Minnesota for sole possession of second place
in the NFC North and pulled within a game of division leader Detroit,
with the Vikings getting pounded by Indianapolis and the Lions losing to
the New York Giants.
Packers receiver Ty Montgomery (88) runs with the ball during
the second half.
"I think we have a lot of grit as a
team," Rodgers said. "We stick together in adverse situations. There
wasn't any finger pointing after 27-10 turned into 27-27 for either
side. We just knew we had to go out and make something happen. It's fun
to be standing here at 8-6. We all know what 4-6 felt like. It was
For the Bears (3-11), it was more of the same.
They had tied it on a field goal by Connor Barth with 1:19 left. The
Packers took over at their 27, and on third-and-11 at the 26, Rodgers
unleashed a deep pass down the middle of the field to Nelson, who got
behind Cre'Von LeBlanc.
With no timeouts, the Packers downed the ball before Crosby booted his
"The team has a lot of character," Chicago defensive end Akiem Hicks
said. "The team has a lot of players who are willing to fight to the
end, put everything on the line. This is our life. This is what we do."
quarterback Matt Barkley (12) throws a pass during the first
All that happened on a day when the game-time temperature was 11 degrees
with a minus-4 wind chill.
Chicago hosted the Packers in 3-degree temperature and a minus-15 wind
chill — the lowest ever for a Bears home game — on Dec. 18, 1983. The
Bears' coldest home game, temperature-wise, was against Green Bay on
Dec. 22, 2008, when it was 2 degrees with a minus-13 wind chill.
Rodgers threw for 252 yards despite problems his left hamstring and
right calf that kept him out of practice during the week.
Montgomery had several big runs, including a 61-yarder, after coach Mike
McCarthy announced he is now a full-time running back. He also scored
from the 4 on the game's opening possession and added a 3-yard TD in the
third quarter that made it 20-10.
Christine Michael ran for a 42-yard touchdown . Julius Peppers had a
strip-sack that led to a field goal. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix added two
interceptions, and the Packers tied the NFL's oldest rivalry for the
first time since 1933 at 94-94-6.
Chicago's Matt Barkley threw for 362 yards and two touchdowns, but was
picked off three times.
Alshon Jeffery came on strong near the end to finish with 89 yards on
six catches in his return from a four-game suspension for violating the
NFL's policy against performance-enhancing drugs.
Deonte Thompson led Chicago with 110 yards receiving. Cameron Meredith
added nine catches for 104 yards, but the Bears lost for the fifth time
in six games.
Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) makes a reception
against Chicago Bears cornerback Cre'von LeBlanc (22) during the
Green Bay was clinging to a three-point lead in the closing minutes when
Hyde reached in front of Meredith at the goal line on third down at the
Packers 4. Chicago chose to have Barth kick a field goal rather than try
again for a touchdown.
"To have it even out all those years is pretty crazy." — Nelson on tying
The Packers and Bears combined for 900 yards in their 152nd
regular-season meeting since 1940. It's their highest total in that
span, according to the NFL.
Packers: RB James Starks sat out because of a concussion. McCarthy said
the veteran running back was in a car crash Monday.
Bears: NT Eddie Goldman was inactive after leaving last week's game at
Detroit because of an ankle injury. ... LB Jerrell Freeman served the
final game of a four-game suspension for a PED violation.
Packers: Host Minnesota on Saturday.
Bears: Host Washington on Saturday.