I’m sure you’ve heard… the Green Bay Packers reached out to the NFL to have this game in prime time because of Brett Favre’s return to Green Bay. The Packers thought they would beat Chicago tonight.
Well, here’s my response to that disrespect…
Bend But Don’t Break
In a tightly contested game, the Bears squeaked out a narrow four point win with the final score being 17-13. The Chicago Bears defense kept Aaron Rodgers big play impact to a minimum on Thanksgiving Night. The opposing quarterback went 22 of 43 for 202 yards, threw a touchdown pass an interception, and was sacked twice for 14 yards leading to an overall QBR of 62.3!
He could not find James Jones at all during the game (even though he was targeted six times). Credit the play of our defensive backs for keeping Jones a non-factor.
The defense in the final minute started to bend.
Ultimately they did not break.
The big play was when Randall Cobb hauled in a pass over the middle and gave a stiff arm to Bryce Callahan to get the first down and a whole lot more.
The Bears held strong again until a 3rd and 7. Rodgers hit Davante Adams for a first down catch. It wasn’t until 3rd and goal when the Packers tried for the end zone. That play was an incomplete pass to James Jones. Then, on fourth and goal they went back to picking on Bryce Callahan and it did not pay off as the pass was incomplete and that sealed the fate for Green Bay.
Great Defensive Stand Guys!
Some defensive stats for you guys.
Tracy Porter had the lone interception in the game.
Shea McClellin led the team in tackles with 10, followed by Adrain Amos who had 9, and then followed by Lamarr Houston with 7 total tackles and he had a sack on the night.
Willie Young also had a sack on the night. Lastly, Chris Prosinski had the teams lone forced fumble and Lamarr was able to recover it.
The Bears punted on their first five drives tonight. Not the typical start to a game that any coach dreams of. Some of that may accredited to bad starting field position. Three of the five drives started inside our own 23 yard line.
Taking a look at Jay Cutler, he went 19 of 31 for 200 yards, he threw a touchdown, and was sacked once for 11 yards.
Matt Forte returned to action running for 44 yards on 15 attempts. Alshon Jeffery also returned, hauling in a team leading seven receptions for 90 yards.
Marquess Wilson also had an impact on the receiving game catching four passes for 44 yards.