Packers Lose Rodgers, Game to Rival Bears
Rodgers (Jeff Hanisch - USA Today Sports)
Rodgers (Jeff Hanisch - USA Today Sports)
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Posted Nov 4, 2013


That put Monday night's game against Chicago in the hands of backup quarterbacks Seneca Wallace and Josh McCown. Chicago's McCown made far more plays and the Bears made one key drive to burn most of the fourth-quarter clock and clinch a 27-20 victory.

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Chicago Bears knocked out Aaron Rodgers and moved into a first-place tie in the NFC North by beating the Green Bay Packers 27-20 at Lambeau Field on Monday night.

Rodgers was hurt when sacked by Shea McClellin on a third-down play on the Packers’ opening possession. Rodgers stepped up in the pocket and moved to his right, with McClellin getting off of right tackle Don Barclay’s block. Rodgers hit the turf hard, landing on his left shoulder as McClellin and cornerback Isaiah Frey took Rodgers to the turf.

Without Rodgers and Jay Culter (groin), it became a battle of journeymen backup quarterbacks, with 33-year-old Seneca Wallace replacing Rodgers and 34-year-old Josh McCown getting the start in place of Cutler.

Facing a 17-10 halftime deficit, the Packers stormed out of the tunnel to start the third quarter. After Green Bay forced a three-and-out punt, Eddie Lacy rumbled for 56 yards to the 1 and punched it on the next play. Coach Mike McCarthy dialed up a surprise onside kick, with Jamari Lattimore recovering to give the Packers another possession. That drive bogged down at the Bears’ 5, but Mason Crosby’s 23-yard field goal gave the Packers a 20-17 lead.

Chicago recaptured the lead on a drive set up by Devin Hester’s 23-yard punt return. On second-and-goal at the 6, McCown threw a jump ball to Alshon Jeffery, who used his size and strong hands to prevent cornerback Davon House from ripping away the ball in the end zone.

Chicago then turned to its defense, which entered the night ranked 29th in scoring and on pace to allow the most points in franchise history. The Packers’ possession following the go-ahead touchdown crossed midfield but stalled when Julius Peppers deflected a third-and-5 pass. Green Bay’s next possession reached the Bears’ 40 with a third-and-3 but Shea McClellin tripped up Wallace for a sack.

Bears coach Marc Trestman made a gutsy decision midway through the fourth quarter. Facing fourth-and-inches from his 32, he called a timeout and kept his offense on the field. Matt Forte gained 3, but only because lead-blocking fullback Tony Fiammetta stopped, took a step back and blocked A.J. Hawk, who was in position to make the tackle in the backfield.

When McCown hit Brandon Marshall for 11 on third-and-6, it allowed the Bears to burn even more clock. Then, after the two-minute warning, Forte converted a third-and-3 with an 8-yard run. Robbie Gould’s 27-yard field goal capped a killer 18-play drive that consumed 8:58 and pushed the advantage to 27-20 with 50 seconds left.

Sacks by Corey Wootton and McClellin ended the game.

Chicago, which had lost six consecutive games in the series, joins Green Bay and Detroit atop the NFC North at 5-3.

The Bears led 17-10 at halftime behind their backup. McCown had a huge first 30 minutes, completing 14-of-22 passes for 196 yards and one touchdown. Wallace, on the other hand, struggled. He completed 5-of-8 passes for 43 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

McCown made a brilliant play to give the Bears a 7-3 lead on Chicago’s first possession. On third-and-6, he shrugged off a potential sack by Mike Neal and heaved the ball to Brandon Marshall, who made a leaping, twisting catch in the end zone while being interfered with by Tramon Williams.

Green Bay turned to Eddie Lacy, with the hard-charging rookie moving the ball into Chicago territory, but Julius Peppers battled Wallace’s pass and made the interception, looking very much the former North Carolina basketball star in grabbing his ninth career pick. His 14-yard return set up the Bears at Green Bay’s 45, but the Packers got a stop and Jamari Lattimore blocked Adam Podlesh’s punt.

It was a huge early momentum swing, with James Starks’ 32-yard touchdown run on the next play giving Green Bay a 10-7 lead with 3:38 to play in the first quarter.

The momentum was short-lived, though. A 33-yard catch-and-run by Matt Forte, sprung by Marshall’s block, and a 27-yard catch-and-run by Martellus Bennett set up Forte’s easy 1-yard touchdown. That gave Chicago at 14-10 lead. Moments later, the Packers announced Rodgers was out for the rest of the game.

That put the game in the hands of Wallace, whose 6-15 career record as a starter included an 0-3 mark when he last played in 2011. He 63 career games, he had a passer rating of 76.3 with 31 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.


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Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report magazine and PackerReport.com and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com, or leave him a question in Packer Report’s subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum. Find Bill on Twitter at twitter.com/PackerReport.


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