GREEN BAY–The first quarter of Monday night’s game at Lambeau Field ended with the Packers leading the Chicago Bears, 10-7, and with quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the locker room where he was being examined for a left shoulder injury.
On the Packers’ opening possession of the game, Rodgers completed a 27-yard pass to Jordy Nelson, Eddie Lacy broke off a run for 16 yards and the Packers had a first down at the Bears 11-yard line. Rodgers was sacked on third down and the Packers had to settle for a 30-yard Mason Crosby field goal.
Following the drive, Rodgers’ left shoulder was examined. He trotted off the field to the Packers locker room.
While the Rodgers suspense was playing out, Bears quarterback Josh McCown moved the Bears to the Packers 40-yard line. McCown flipped a sideline pass to Alshon Jeffery, who gained 13 yards to the Packers 27.
The Bears faced a third-and-six and, under a heavy rush, McCown managed to lob a pass for the right-front corner of the end zone, where Brandon Marshall made a spectacular catch. The Bears led, 7-3, with 9:48 to play in the first quarter.
Seneca Wallace replaced Rodgers for the Packers’ second offensive possession. That’s when Lacy put the Packers, er, the Bears on his shoulders and carried them for an 18-yard gain. Lacy ran with special power and force, but that’s when lightning struck the Packers in the form of a Wallace pass that was tipped and intercepted by Julius Peppers. The Bears had a first down at the Packers 45-yard line.
They went nowhere and then Jamari Lattimore blocked Adam Podlesh’s punt on fourth down and the Packers had a first down at the Bears 32-yard line.
James Starks replaced Lacy in the backfield and Starks ripped through a huge whole on the left side of the Packers line and untouched into the end zone. At 3:38 of the first quarter, the Packers led, 10-7.
The quarter ended with the Packers in possession of the ball at their 14-yard line following a Bears punt.
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