Daily Archives: January 23, 2011

Rapid Reaction: Packers at Bears

Is there a hotter team in the NFL right now than the Green Bay Packers?

The Bears won the toss and elected to defer and receive the ball at the beginning of the second half. Aaron Rodgers quickly struck with a 7 play, 84 yard drive connecting on three 20+ yard receptions to receivers Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson. Rodgers ended the drive with a 1 yard touchdown run on a playaction bootleg, barely getting the ball inside the pylon.

The Bears offense struggled early and often.  They couldn’t get anything going in the first half, suffering three 3 and out’s and failing to get a drive going for more than six plays.  

The Bears vaunted defense also let them down in the first half, giving Aaron Rodgers all day to throw the ball and pick apart the Bears secondary. Starting the drive at the Bears 49 yard line, Rodgers used five plays to operate down the field, ending in a four yard touchdown run by Green Bay running back James Starks. The Packers went up 14-0 going into the half with the game in hand, dominating every aspect of the game.

Chicago began the second half with great field position, starting at their own 40 yard line. After two straight run plays, Cutler failed to connect on a short pass to Matt Forte, leading to another three and out. This was the final drive for Cutler after injuring his elbow and knee earlier in the game. Cutler finished 6 of 14 for 80 yards and an interception, struggling mightily all day long.

In the Packers first posession of the second half, it seemed apparent that the Packers were about to take a three touchdown lead until Brian Urlacher intercepted the Rodgers pass on third-and-6. Urlacher appeared to be headed to the end zone but Aaron Rodgers got just enough of Urlacher’s ankle, bringing him to the ground at the Bears 45, saving a potential touchdown that would’ve cut the lead in half.

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