The Packers took a 13-0 lead into halftime against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.
Reserve tight end Tom Crabtree scored on a 27-yard touchdown pass from holder Tim Masthay, with 1:50 to play in the second quarter, on a fourth down fake field goal play. The touchdown rescued a dominant performance by the Packers that ran the risk of being largely wasted.
The Packers held a 201-47 yardage advantage over the Bears, and nearly seven minutes more time of possession. Linebacker Clay Matthews is the star of a rejuvenated defense, as Matthews notched 1.5 sacks of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
Cedric Benson is at the heart of a revived running game. Following a game in which he gained just 18 yards on nine rushing attempts, Benson gained 45 yards on 11 carries in the first half of tonight’s game. He also caught three passes for 30 yards.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ stats – 14 of 21 for 128 yards – would be significantly better, and the Packers’ lead might be significantly larger, were it not for two dropped passes, one by Jordy Nelson and the other by Jermichael Finley. A holding penalty against T.J. Lang canceled another potential scoring drive.
Tramon Williams intercepted Cutler with 1:07 to play in the first half, giving the Packers the ball at the Bears 48 yard line. The Packers then jockeyed into field goal position – thanks to a dropped interception by Lance Briggs and a 16-yard screen pass to John Kuhn – from which Mason Crosby booted a 35-yard field goal. Crosby opened the scoring with a 48-yard kick.
Cutler was held to four completions in nine attempts for a mere 37 yards.
Randall Cobb gained 28 yards on a third-and-three run. Coach Mike McCarthy continues to use Cobb in creative ways. He also caught a pass for 20 yards.
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