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Packers get back on track, rout Bears

Green Bay Packers v Chicago Bears

Green Bay Packers v Chicago Bears

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In a dominant road victory signaling they remain a major force in the NFC North, the Packers rolled to a 38-17 victory in Chicago on Sunday.

In a game featuring no punts, the Packers outexecuted the Bears in all phases in a humbling defeat for the hosts, who had a chance to go up two games on Green Bay.

The Packers (2-2) seized control in the third quarter, twice intercepting Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who had played a strong first half before fading in the final two quarters. Green Bay converted touchdowns after both Cutler picks, with the second score set up by a holding call on Chicago on a field-goal attempt.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was the star of the game, completing 22-of-28 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns — two apiece to main targets Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson.

The Bears, meanwhile, have numerous missed opportunities to lament. The Bears did not score in the final 33:50 of regulation despite all of Chicago’s drives entering Green Bay territory. Two first-half matches into the redzone netted a combined three points, with Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix’s goal-line tackle of Bears tight end Martellus Bennett an especially painful setback.

In defeat, Chicago outgained Green Bay 496-358. But that is a stat sheet win. On the field, the Packers came up big time and again, while the Bears came up lacking.