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That's cold: Bears' 17-point fourth quarter for naught as Packers win on walk-off field goal

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Matt Barkley and the Bears are nothing if not consistent.

The third-string quarterback led the Bears on yet another late comeback, but history repeated itself again as the Bears shot themselves in the foot once more down the stretch.

After the Bears tied the game with fewer than 90 seconds to go, a breakdown in pass coverage handed the Green Bay Packers a 30-27 victory in one of the coldest games in Soldier Field history (10 degrees at kickoff with a feel of minus 4).

Aaron Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson with a 60-yard pass over Cre'Von LeBlanc on third and 11, setting up Mason Crosby's game-winning field goal as time expired.

The two teams got out to something of a slow start, entering half at a 10-10 tie.

The Packers stormed out of halftime with 17 unanswered points in the third quarter, aided by Barkley turnovers on three straight possessions to begin the second half.

But Barkley never stopped firing, leading the Bears on back-to-back touchdown drives to start the fourth quarter — including Alshon Jeffery's second score of the season — and then to a game-tying field goal with 1:23 left in the game.

On their final drive, the Bears actually had first and goal at the three-yard line, but tight end Logan Paulsen was called for holding and Barkley couldn't find a way to punch it in from 13 yards out. A week ago, the Bears were flagged twice for holding on the final drive to thwart another Barkley comeback attempt.

 

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Barkley finished with 362 passing yards and two touchdowns, while Deonte Thompson (eight receptions, 110 yards) and Cam Meredith (nine receptions, 104 yards) topped the century mark. Jeffery had 89 yards and the touchdown on six catches.

Jordan Howard had another impressive game with 113 total yards and a score.

The Bears forced somebody besides Rodgers to beat them, watching as receiver-turned-running back Ty Montgomery stepped up for Green Bay with a monster game (163 total yards, two touchdowns).

The Packers entered the game with only 98.6 rushing yards per contest but exploded for 210 yards on the ground in the first three quarters as Montgomery averaged 10.1 yards per carry and Christine Michael added a 42-yard touchdown rush.

It was the first time since the start of 2010 that Rodgers had finished a game against the Bears without a touchdown pass. He also did not throw for a score on Nov. 4, 2013, but only attempted two passes before leaving that game with an injury.