Backup plan: The Bears caught a break Sunday, facing the Packers without injured star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Before breaking for the bye, he and Trubisky went to lunch together and strengthened their bond away from the field. Hundley responded to the challenge, making the kind of throws that can push the Packers back to the playoffs.
Green Bay - and Hundley - still have a ways to go. Eric Ebron had 39 yards and a touchdown. It was the longest run of the season for Green Bay and sparked memories of Ty's breakout game at running back past year in Chicago.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard passed for 288 yards and two touchdowns, leading San Francisco to a victory over NY, its first win under first-year head coach Kyle Shanahan after a 0-9 start. Instead of the play being ruled a touchdown however, it was ruled a touchback as Cunningham was determined to have fumbled the ball before it crossed into the end zone, thus giving Green Bay back the ball.
Kwiatkoski had a team-high 10 tackles, including one for loss, and also sacked quarterback Brett Hundley on a blitz. The march stalled at the 6 and Crosby connected from 24 yards.
Hundley was efficient with 212 yards passing on 18-of-25 attempts and one touchdown without an interception for a 110.8 passer rating, as the Packers toppled the Chicago Bears. "Every opportunity is the best opportunity to make those plays so I was excited to get out there and put my best foot forward", Perry said. On third and two from the Chicago 37, Hundley broke free from pressure and despite pulling his hamstring, ran (quite slowly) for 17 yards.
Hundley and the Packers were only leading by three in the fourth quarter, after Mitchell Trubisky hit Joshua Bellamy for a 46-yard touchdown. "When you hold them to this point total you expect to win.", McCarthy said. Adams was the top target with 5 receptions for 90 yards.
The pressure came from stopping the run and forcing 3rd and long.
Favored for the first time in nine years against their NFL North rivals, it was felt that this would be John Fox's best chance to knock off Green Bay in two seasons. You force them at times to take a few shots. Perry had three, Mike Daniels and one and House had the other.
The inactive players were Devante Mays, Morgan Burnett, Donatello Brown, Bryan Bulaga, Quinton Dial and Chris Odom.
Sunday's 23-16 win at Soldier Field keeps Green Bay in the thick of the divisional title hunt two games back of the Vikings.
Neither would be what transpired over the rest of the game, when the struggling Packers controlled the pace against the once improving Bears.