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Packers lead Bears, 14-7, at halftime

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on December 16, 2012 – 1:22 pm

A.J. Hawk tackles Bears running back Matt Forte

CHICAGO–The Packers led the Bears, 14-7, at halftime of today’s game at Soldier Field.

The Bears opened the scoring with a six-play, 67-yard touchdown drive. Running back Matt Forte did the bulk of the work but it was a short pass from Jay Cutler to Brandon Marshall that lit the scoreboard. Marshall broke attempted tackles by Brad Jones and Casey Hayward to score on a 15-yard play.

Green Bay immediately retaliated with a seven-play, 89-yard touchdown drive that featured a 31- yard completion from Aaron Rodgers to Randall Cobb on third-and-six, and a 29-yard touchdown pass to James Jones on third-and-four. Both long completions were down the right sideline, where the Packers appeared to have found a weakness. Cornerback Kelvin Hayden is substituting for the injured Tim Jennings on that side of the Bears defense.

With 1:36 to play in the half and the Bears in position to drive for more points, Cutler threw an interception that can only be described as outrageous. He threw the ball directly to Hayward, who leads the Packers with six interceptions. There was no receiver in sight. Hayward returned the pick to the Bears 26.

On third down, Rodgers threw over the middle to Cobb at the 10-yard line. Rodgers then found Jones over the middle for a touchdown pass that gave the Packers a surprising 14-7 lead, given the dramatic turn of events.

The Bears were committed to a strong running game in the first half. Forte carried 13 times for 58 yards.

Green Bay nibbled with the run in the first half, but turned it on with their passing game after falling behind.

Mason Crosby missed a 43-yard field goal attempt. Rodgers has been sacked three times.


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16 Responses to “Packers lead Bears, 14-7, at halftime”

  1. By Will on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    RAH

  2. By Larry on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t know why MM always seems to abandon the running game if it does’nt immediately get big gains ? It makes us so one dimensional !

  3. By mr know itall on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    JJ Natural hat trick!

  4. By OdinsEye on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe it has to do with the fear of a fumble followed by defensive pass interference at the 5-yard line….

  5. By OdinsEye on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Or maybe McCarthy is tired of 1-yard gains setting up 2nd and long or 3rd and long situations…

  6. By MontanaPackfan on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    At minimum the Pack needs to hire another kicker to promote competition if nothing else!

  7. By Geiz on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Missin’ Crosby again

  8. By MontanaPackfan on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Cmon man….are you kiddin’ me, up by 11 points away and we call a trick play. No gifts Mike Cmon man!!!!!!

    Roll on Green Roll on

  9. By Gerald Edgar on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Hope that post by Diane is a Bears haox as is the most unintelligent & illiterate post I’ve seen anywhere in a LONG time. It’s never easy to win @ Soldiers’ Field; we’re doing fine.

  10. By jayber on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Game, set and match!!

  11. By AG on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    whats with this trick play Coach M?

    That was a joke, Just what we needed, everyone really laughed at that!

    put the Defense in a tough spot, you sometimes play to soft!

    Now its time to make sure everyone is healthy and play dam tough!!!!

    Two mor tough games to go before we start a new season!

  12. By Rusty Draper on Dec 16, 2012 | Reply

    Well when it was all said and done the Pack come away with a win. Oh yea and the NFC North division Championship, woo who ! Talk is cheap and when it was time to put up or shut up . The Packers spoke in volumes.The Bears not only suffer a loss but are closer to being out of the playoffs . There is no substitute for a win . The Pack must do something about the kicking game before they get to the playoffs . I have complete confidence in T.T. and M.M. to fix what is broken before it cost the Pack anymore.

  13. By tundraboy57 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    A win is a win!

    But why does Harris rush only 5 times?
    Less than Grant?

    Why,Why Why

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