The Chicago Bears entered Soldier Field Sunday with the 4th-worst record in the NFL, and squared off against a Green Bay Packers team that was on a three-game winning streak. Green Bay needed a win on the road to keep their playoff hopes alive, and with over 14,000 tickets going unused, they didn’t have to worry about crowd noise being an issue.
And a win did Green Bay get, thanks to last minute heroics by Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson.
The first half went about as well as Bears fans could have hoped. They put pressure on Aaron Rodgers early and often, registering three sacks along the way. Matt Barkley took good care of the football, despite throwing a hail mary interception on the final play of the first half.
Bu the third quarter was ugly for Chicago... Barkley was strip-sacked on the first possession of the half, and followed that up with two consecutive interceptions after that. Green Bay took advantage, scoring 17 points in response to the Bears turnovers, putting the game seemingly out of reach after three quarters.
But Barkley and the Bears would not be denied their chances. Barkley finally decided to start targeting Alshon Jeffery, and positive things happened. The Bears scored their own 17 points in the 4th quarter, tying the game with under a minute left on a Connor Barth field goal.
However, the Packers still had a few ticks on the clock left, and Aaron Rodgers took advantage of a weakened and vulnerable Bears secondary. Rodgers connected with Jordy Nelson on a 60-yard bomb, and Mason Crosby hit a 32 yard field goal to close things out.
The Bears have one game left at Soldier Field, next week versus the Washington Redskins.
- Matt Barkley: 30/43, 362 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT
- Jordan Howard: 17 rushes, 90 yards, 1 TD
- Deonte Thompson: 8 rec., 110 yards
- Cameron Meredith: 9 rec., 104 yards
- Alshon Jeffery: 6 rec., 89 yards, 1 TD