With Bears fans expecting the worst after years of torment at the hands of Aaron Rodgers, the Packers quarterback couldn't close the deal on Thanksgiving night, allowing the Bears to grab a holiday win at Lambeau Field.
With the Bears ahead, 17-13, Rodgers threw a late interception, but the Packers got the ball back and drove down inside the Bears' 10-yard line in the game's final minute. But incompletion after incompletion followed, and Rodgers' fourth-down pass bounced away, preventing what would have been another crushing fall-from-ahead loss for the Bears, who hung on for a win to boost their record to 5-6.
The Packers got on the board first when Eddie Lacy took an Rodgers pass 25 yards for a touchdown, and that was the first half's only scoring until an action-packed final six minutes of the second quarter. After the Bears recovered a Lacy fumble, Jay Cutler's touchdown toss to Zach Miller tied the game at 7, and on the next possession, the Packers took the lead back when the Bears' defense forced a field goal in a goal-to-go situation, making the score 10-7.
The Bears answered with another touchdown drive, Jeremy Langford capping things with a one-yard touchdown run after a Cutler pass to Marquess Wilson that was initially ruled a touchdown was overturned after review. The Packers took the ball into field-goal range in the first half's final seconds, kicking a field goal as the clock ran out on the second quarter to send the game to the break with the Bears in front, 14-13.
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Both offenses struggled in the second half, combining for a scoreless third quarter before a long Bears drive in the fourth quarter reached as far as the Packers' one-yard line. But the Bears couldn't punch it in and had to settle for a field goal to extend their lead to 17-13.
The Packers were charging late when Tracy Porter's interception of Rodgers gave the ball back to the Bears, stopping that Packers drive in its tracks. The Bears couldn't pick up a first down and punted the ball back shortly after the turnover, though the Packers were forced to use all their timeouts before getting the ball back.
Still, Rodgers got the Packers from their own 20-yard line all the way down to the Bears' eight-yard line. From there, though, he threw four straight incomplete passes with goal to go, turning the ball over on downs and allowing the Bears to kneel away the final seconds and seal the victory.
Cutler finished completing 19 of his 31 passing attempts for 200 yards and a touchdown. Langford rushed 12 times for 48 yards and a touchdown, and Matt Forte carried the ball 15 times for 44 yards. Alshon Jeffery caught seven passes for 90 yards.
Rodgers completed 22 of his 43 passing attempts for 202 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Lacy had 15 carries for 105 yards.
The Packers out-gained the Bears, 365-290, and had advantages in first downs, total plays, yards per play and rushing yards. But the Bears won the turnover battle, 2-0.
The Bears next host the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 6.