News now! Packers bury Bears in fourth quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on September 13, 2015 – 3:14 pm

150913-q4-in-game-updates-650CHICAGO — The Packers turned it on in the fourth quarter and scored a 31-23 win over the Bears in the season opener at Soldier Field on Sunday.

Aaron Rodgers was at his best when it counted the most. He led the Packers on a 78-yard touchdown drive early in the fourth quarter, capping it with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb that widened the Packers’ lead to 24-16 with 10:26 to play in the fourth quarter.

Rodgers mixed run and pass in the drive, including two important scrambles by the star quarterback.  The 16-play touchdown drive put the game in the hands of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.

Cutler responded with a big play on third-and-7, a 50-yard catch and run by Marquess Wilson against Sam Shields. Cutler faced a critical third-and-goal play from the 2-yard line. He threw incomplete and Coach John Fox elected to go for a touchdown and not a field goal.

The Packers blitzed and forced an incompletion.

Now the clock was in the hands of the Packers offense to kill.

Right away, the Packers faced a third-and-3. From an empty backfield, Rodgers scrambled away from pressure and threw incomplete. The Bears defense forced a punt.

The Bears took possession at the Packers 41-yard line. Fox’s decision was proven correct.

A false-start penalty caused a third-and-7.  Cutler pitched to Martellus Bennett for a first down at the Packers 29. Then the problem that has seemingly always plagued Cutler against the Packers reared its ugly head again. Cutler’s next pass was intercepted by Clay Matthews and the Packers were in position, again, to kill the clock and clinch the win.

Eddie Lacy rushed for a first down. A pass interference penalty against the Bears put the ball on the 2-yard line at the 2-minute warning. Lacy scored and clinched the win.

Rodgers was 18 of 23 for 189 yards and three touchdowns.

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