The Chicago Bears held off the Green Bay Packers on the final Thanksgiving game Thursday, winning 17-13. The Bears led by four points the entire second half, and survived a couple of scares to come away with the win. The Packers were driving in the fourth when Aaron Rodgers threw an interception, but the Packers forced a three-and-out to get another shot at it.
Rodgers led the Packers on a 13-play, 72-yard drive that ended it with an incomplete pass on 4th-and-goal from the Chicago 8-yard line. The Bears held on and got the win, their fifth of the season.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler finished the game with 200 yards and a touchdown and did not throw an interception. He got 48 yards out of Jeremy Langford and 44 yards out of Matt Forte, while wide receiver Alshon Jeffery caught seven passes for 90 yards. Both Forte and Jeffery were questionable for the game with injuries but played well. Rodgers finished with 202 yards and a touchdown, but he also had an interception.
Neither quarterback looked great in the first half, but there were no egregious mistakes, either. Cutler completed 9 of 17 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown, while Rodgers completed 13 of 22 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. There were no mistakes from either in the first half.
Green Bay found the end zone first when Rodgers threw his touchdown pass. The Bears got off to a slow start, but found their rhythm after a Green Bay fumble turned into a nine-play touchdown drive. The next time they had the ball, Cutler led them on a seven-play, 58-yard drive which was capped off by a Jeremy Langford touchdown run. The Packers put up a couple field goals and went into the half trailing by a point.
Rodgers took a big, scary hit in the second half and had to go to the sideline. The hit came at the end of a drive, and he was clearly in a lot of pain. Fortunately, he did not have to stay out of the game. You can see the hit below:
Running back Eddie Lacy seemed to benefit from a questionable non-call on Sunday. Lacy caught a touchdown reception from Rodgers in the first quarter, but he tossed the ball away just as he was passing over the goal line. It was really close, but the officials awarded him the touchdown. You can judge for yourself here.
Lacy had a big game overall, carrying the ball 17 times for 105 yards.
The Packers, now 7-4 on the season, will travel to Detroit to take on the Lions in Week 13. The Packers fell to the Lions, 18-16, when they played in Week 10. Green Bay can't afford to lose divisional games with the Minnesota Vikings now in first place by a half-game. Chicago, now 5-6, will return home to host the struggling San Francisco 49ers in their next outing.
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