Final score: Packers 35, Bears 14
The Bears did find something to go their way, somehow not getting penalized for this obvious penalty in the fourth quarter, roughing Packers punter Justin Vogel. A flag was thrown but picked up, with referees saying the ball was tipped. It was not.
Packers 35, Bears 14: Chicago running back Jordan Howard suffered an apparent shoulder injury on this drive but returned and scored from three yards out, giving the Bears a rare positive highlight on this night.
Packers 35, Bears 7: Jordy Nelson was wide open in the end zone, catching his second touchdown of the half, taking advantage of Chicago’s fourth turnover of the game.
Third quarter: Packers 28, Bears 7
Packers 28, Bears 7: Aaron Rodgers found Jordy Nelson for his third touchdown pass of the night. But the on the drive Davante Adams was viciously hit on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Danny Trevathan, and had to be carted off the field. Adams was taken from the stadium in an ambulance, and evaluated for head and neck injuries as well as the possibility of a concussion.
At halftime, things were so bad for Chicago that at halftime even a candy bar piled on the Bears:
Stick to football. Oh...wait.— Butterfinger (@Butterfinger) September 29, 2017
Cowboys wide receiver Ryan Switzer, a teammate of Mitchell Trubisky at North Carolina, tweeted this meme to stump for Trubisky to take over at quarterback for the Bears:
Second quarter: Packers 21, Bears 7
Packers 21, Bears 7 The Bears go into their two-minute drill and get inside the red zone for the first time all game. They finally get on the board with a Kendall Wright touchdown.
Packers 21, Bears 0 The Packers’ offense wakes up after the long weather delay. Rodgers nailed Jordy Nelson on a 58-yard pass near the goal line, with Aaron Jones cleaning up on the next play for his first career touchdown.
Glennon threw a horrible interception, which is his third turnover of the night. The calls for Mitchell Trubisky will only get louder if this keeps up.
Green Bay loses another running back when Jamaal Williams went down with injury. He has a knee injury and is questionable to return. The Packers’ backfield is quickly getting depleted.
More bad news for the Packers, who lost Montgomery for the game. Back
#Packers RB Ty Montgomery suffered broken ribs, sources say, and won’t return. He did it early and played through it for several plays.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 29, 2017
After a 45-minute weather delay, the players were finally let back on the field to resume the game.
First quarter: Packers 14, Bears 0
We’re in a weather delay as the players and fans get sent indoors after a lightning strike in the area.
The Bears nearly had another calamitous turnover when a Packers punt appeared to bounce off a Bears player’s foot. However, the refs ruled that it got touched by the Packers food, upholding the call after a Mike McCarthy challenge.
Another turnover for the Bears and this one is particularly comical. Somehow the snap bounced off Glennon’s knee in an obvious miscommunication. Chicago is lucky this didn’t lead to more Packers points, with Green Bay going three-and-out on the ensuing drive.
Packers 14, Bears 0 After the Chicago turnover, Rodgers threw his second touchdown pass, this time going to Randall Cobb. The rout is on early.
The Bears’ first play on offense ... did not go well. Mike Glennon got strip-sacked by Clay Matthews and Green Bay recovered on Chicago’s 3-yard line.
Packers 7, Bears 0 Green Bay got the ball to start the game and Aaron Rodgers did his thing, moving the offense with ruthless efficiency and hitting Davante Adams for a 5-yard touchdown.
The Packers committed to getting Ty Montgomery going, giving him five carries on the opening drive alone. Unfortunately, Montgomery soon went to the locker room with a rib injury. He was replaced by rookie Jamaal Williams.
Before the game
In Week 3, the Bears pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the budding 2017 NFL season by beating the Steelers in overtime. They’ll have the chance to shock the league again when they take on their NFC North rival Packers on Thursday Night Football. This game will be televised at 8:30 p.m. ET on NFL Network and CBS, as well as be the first of the games available to be streamed on Amazon Prime.
Chicago found a way to beat Pittsburgh despite one of the league’s least powerful passing offenses. Mike Glennon threw for just 101 yards — a meager 4.6 yards per pass — as the Steelers took away his deep options and forced checkdowns throughout the afternoon. Fortunately, the Bears are built to handle stifling passing defenses thanks to the strength of two young tailbacks.
Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen have emerged as a deadly duo in Chicago, carving up opposing defenses despite being their team’s only real offensive threats. On Sunday, the pair combined for 216 rushing yards on 35 carries against a Steelers defense that steadily crept closer and closer to the line of scrimmage, and they could have an easier matchup in primetime. Green Bay’s beleaguered linebackers have allowed opponents to rush for 4.5 yards per carry this fall, a mark that ranks just 25th in the league.
The Packers may not have to worry about their defense if Aaron Rodgers is on point. The two-time MVP led a victory over the Bengals last week to give him a win over every NFL team but the one that employs him, but it wasn’t easy. A bad Cincinnati team took a 24-17 lead into the game’s final two minutes before Rodgers marched downfield for a tying touchdown strike to Jordy Nelson with 17 seconds left. His 72-yard pass to Geronimo Allison in overtime set up the game-winning kick that improved his team to 2-1.
A healthy Nelson will help Rodgers. Without his top wideout, Rodgers sputtered through a Week 2 loss to the Falcons. He connected with Nelson for a pair of touchdown passes last week in what was his most efficient game of the 2017 season so far.
He’ll have to hope for some support from his ground game against a Bears team with a solid defense. Ty Montgomery has been a useful piece in the passing game, but the former wideout has averaged just 3 yards per carry in his first three games. If he can soften up the Chicago defense, he’ll give Rodgers the flexibility to make some highlight-reel plays downfield.
- If you give Aaron Rodgers a stupid play from the sideline, he’s gonna let you know about it.
- Aaron Rodgers wants Packers fans to join the team in linking arms during national anthem.
"This is about equality," Rodgers said Tuesday. "This is about unity and love and growing together as a society and starting a conversation around something that may be a little bit uncomfortable for people.”
- Chicago will be without veteran safety Quintin Demps after he suffered a broken arm in Week 3.
Demps, 32, had 12 tackles in three games before breaking his arm against the Steelers and hadn't yet flashed the playmaking ballhawk ability Chicago originally signed him away from the Houston Texans for. Nevertheless, his loss and veteran presence will undoubtedly be felt, at least in the short term, as swing safety Adrian Amos will now step in next to rookie safety Eddie Jackson.
- Rodgers finally got his win over the Bengals, and he did it in dramatic fashion.
The Packers pulled it off, but most of regulation was tough sledding for Green Bay.
Part of the challenge for Rodgers was that the Bengals were able to sack him six times. Green Bay had Kyle Murphy filling in for starting left tackle David Bakhtiari. Brian Bulaga, the starting right tackle, was active, but left the game with an ankle injury.
- Chicago’s run game could make Bears’ play-action play-calling extremely valuable against Green Bay.
The lone Mike Glennon touchdown pass was off play action. There was also a head-scratcher that resulted in a sack. The bigger question, though, is why not use it more when your rushing attack is so good? The Bears rushed 38 times for 220 yards, and that includes a few snafus by Glennon.