NFL Game Recap - Chicago at Green Bay
Sun Dec 15, 2019 1:00 PM EST

NYJ
21
BAL
42
F
PHI
37
WAS
27
F
HOU
24
TEN
21
F
MIA
20
NYG
36
F
DEN
3
KC
23
F
CHI
13
GB
21
F
TB
38
DET
17
F
NE
34
CIN
13
F
SEA
30
CAR
24
F
MIN
39
LAC
10
F
JAX
20
OAK
16
F
CLE
24
ARI
38
F
ATL
29
SF
22
F
LAR
21
DAL
44
F
BUF
17
PIT
10
F
IND
7
NO
34
F

Dec 15, 2019, 1:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Chicago (7-7)

0

3

0

10

13

Green Bay (11-3)

7

0

14

0

21

Packers playoff bound, beat Bears in rivals' 200th game
Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:13 PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers' wait to see if a long-time foe would help them clinch a playoff spot was a whole lot easier than the lateral-filled final play they had to survive to beat the Chicago Bears in the rivals' 200th game.

Leading by eight points with just 1 second remaining, Tramon Williams fell on Jesper Horstead's fumble at the 2-yard line to end Green Bay's 21-13 victory over the Bears Sunday. A few hours later, the Packers were playoff bound, when the Dallas Cowboys beat the Los Angeles Rams.

"I think I blacked out there for a second," Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur said. "There was so many laterals. I couldn't tell. I was just hoping that someone was going to make the tackle."

With the win, Green Bay (11-3) swept the Bears for the 15th time in the last 26 seasons and the seventh time in 11 seasons. The Packers defeated Chicago 10-3 in the season opener. Green Bay now leads the series 99-95-6.

"I think we have a bunch of guys that are going to fight for every inch out there and that are resilient and that care about each other," LaFleur said. "This is what I told the team last night, `What I love about this team is these guys have embraced their roles."'

The Packers improved to 19-5 against the Bears with Rodgers as the starting quarterback. Rodgers completed just 16 of 33 passes for a pedestrian 203 yards. The two-time MVP entered the day with a 103.2 career passer rating against the Bears, the highest in league history of quarterbacks with at least 250 passes against Chicago. He had a 78.2 rating on Sunday.

"I love being 11-3," Rodgers said. "I think the performance was a little up and down but I thought we did some really good things. We just gotta be a little more opportunistic when we have opportunities."

Mitchell Trubisky completed his first five pass attempts for the Bears (7-7) but for only 18 yards. Chicago's offense opened the game with three straight punts and a turnover on downs. Trubisky finished 28 of 53 for 321 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, and the Bears had their three-game win streak end.

"Obviously, not the outcome that we wanted," Chicago coach Matt Nagy said. "We wanted to come here and play four quarters. I thought the way that our guys fought back there at the end to give us a chance to win is good, but obviously the outcome's not good. Got to pick up the pieces and get better."

The Packers got on the board first on a 29-yard strike from Rodgers to Davante Adams in the first quarter. Adams beat Buster Skrine off the line for his fourth touchdown in the last four weeks. Adams finished with 103 yards on seven catches.

"I think what Matt did today was great, moving Davante around," Rodgers said. "We had a number of snaps with him in the slot. And he was playing both Z and X. We're going to have to do that."

Eddy Pineiro knocked in a 30-yard field goal late in the first half for the Bears.

The Packers opened the second half with an impressive five-play, 73-yard drive that featured a 34-yard reception to Adams, a season-long 17-yard scamper by Rodgers, and a 21-yard touchdown run by Aaron Jones, his 13th rushing TD of the season.

"I just think it's so imperative in this league, especially when you're playing against a good defense, you gotta get those chunk plays," LaFleur said. "You gotta find ways to come up with and find ways to create some explosives. If you're able to do that, you're able to score points. ... Third down has not been very good to us, so we've gotta find ways to create those chunk plays and stay out of third-down situations."

After another stalled possession by Chicago, Rodgers and Jake Kumerow linked up for a 49-yard gain, Kumerow's longest reception of the season. The play helped set up another score for Jones from 2 yards and the Packers took a commanding 21-3 lead in the third quarter.

Pineiro added a 27-yard field goal at the start of the fourth and Trubisky found Anthony Miller for a 2-yard score to cut it to 21-13 with 8:09 to go. Miller had nine catches for 118 yards and the score.

"All in all, big picture, we don't get the win," Nagy said. "We could have played better in all three phases, and I could point to a lot of different things. But I'm going to stay positive with our guys, because I appreciate their fight."

Defensive lineman Dean Lowry picked off Trubisky with 6:33 left, Lowry's first career interception.

Kenny Clark had two sacks and Rashan Gary had another for the Packers. Nick Kwiatkoski had the lone sack for Chicago.

Allen Robinson had seven catches for 125 yards for the Bears, who saw their three-game winning streak end.

CHASING HISTORY

Rodgers moved into 13th place all time in career passing yards (46,407), passing Vinny Testaverde and Carson Palmer. Fran Tarkenton is in 12th place with 47,003.

INJURIES

Bears: Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks left at the start of the fourth period with an injury. Hicks, a Pro Bowl pick last season, was active and played for the first time since dislocating his left elbow against Oakland in London on Oct. 6.

"It just speaks to who he is, his toughness," Nagy said of Hicks. "He aggravated it a few times in the middle of the game and you're never sure really what happens. But him to fight back like that and be back out there like a warrior with his team, we appreciate that."

Packers: Williams left in the first quarter to be evaluated for a concussion. The 13-year veteran was cleared to return in the second quarter.

UP NEXT

Bears: host the Chiefs next Sunday night.

Packers: play at the Vikings next Monday night.

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Passing

CHI Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
M. Trubisky 53 29 54.7 1 334 34 2 64.5 3
GB Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
A. Rodgers 33 16 48.5 1 203 49 0 78.2 1

Rushing

CHI Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Patterson 1 0 0.0 0 0
D. Montgomery 14 39 2.8 8 0
GB Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Jones 13 51 3.9 21 2
J. Williams 8 26 3.3 6 0

Receiving

CHI Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Robinson II 7 125 17.9 34 0
A. Miller 9 118 13.1 33 1
GB Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Graham 1 0 0.0 0 0
D. Adams 7 103 14.7 34 1

Team Stats Comparison

CHI GB
Points For 13 21
Total Yards 415 292
Rushing Yards 96 100
Passing Yards 319 192
Passing Completions / Attempts 29/53 16/33
Turnovers 3 0
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 0/0
First Downs 20 12
Rushing Touchdowns 0 2
Passing Touchdowns 1 1
Penalties - Yards 4/35 4/30
Time Of Possession 34:22 25:38
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 9/20 5/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/3 1/3
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 1/3 1/1
Sacks Against 3 1
Punts - Average Yards 4/39 7/36
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 2/10 1/12
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 2/22 2/36

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter CHI GB
GB 10:13 TD Davante Adams 29 yd pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) 0 7
2nd Quarter CHI GB
CHI 13:15 FG Eddy Pineiro 30 yd FG 3 7
3rd Quarter CHI GB
GB 2:16 TD Aaron Jones 21 yd run (Mason Crosby kick) 3 14
GB 7:12 TD Aaron Jones 2 yd run (Mason Crosby kick) 3 21
4th Quarter CHI GB
CHI 0:04 FG Eddy Pineiro 27 yd FG 6 21
CHI 6:51 TD Anthony Miller 2 yd pass from Mitchell Trubisky (Eddy Pineiro kick) 13 21

Game Information

Stadium: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Attendance: 78,266
Game Time: 3:17
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