Green Bay Packers 7-3-7-14 — 31
Chicago Bears 3-10-3-7— 23
The Green Bay Packers extended their recent dominance of the Chicago Bears with a 31-23 win at Soldier Field on Sunday.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sharp, Bears counterpart Jay Cutler was not, and that proved to be the difference in the game.
Check below for stats and highlights:
Aaron Rodgers (GB): 18-for-23, 189 yards, 3 touchdowns
Eddie Lacy (GB): 19 carries, 95 yards, 1 touchdown
James Jones (GB): 4 catches, 51 yards, 2 touchdowns
Jay Cutler (CHI): 18-for-36, 225 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
Matt Forte (CHI): 24 carries, 141 yards 1 touchdown
Robbie Gould Booted a Short Field Goal to Give Bears the Lead
An impressive opening series by Chicago bogged down in the red zone, but a 28-yard field goal by Robbie Gould gave the Bears a 3-0 lead. The 11-play, 70 yard drive took more than five minutes. The field goal broke a franchise record. He would add two more field goals later in the game.
Julius Peppers Sacked & Stripped Jay Cutler
Jay Cutler giveth and Jay Cutler taketh away. On the Bears second series Cutler was sacked by veteran Julius Peppers, forcing the three-and-out
Aaron Rodgers Threw his 1st of Many Touchdowns This Season
Newly acquired receiver James Jones hauled in a touchdown pass for the Packers at the end of the first quarter to give the Packers a 7-3 lead.
Matt Forte Scored a Touchdown in the 2nd Quarter to Give Chicago a 10-7 Lead
The Bears played keep-away from the Packers offense again, orchestrating an eight-minute drive that led to a short touchdown run by Matt Forte.
Jones Caught Another Touchdown Pass in the 3rd Quarter
Rodgers and Jones have not missed a beat together, hooking up for another touchdown in the third quarter that gave Green Bay a 17-13 lead.
Randall Cobb Caught a 5-Yard Touchdown Pass That Increased the Packers Lead to 24-16
After Chicago dominated the time of possession through two-and-a-half quarters, Green Bay took almost 10 minutes off the clock in the third and fourth quarters. The drive was capped with a 5-yard touchdown to Randall Cobb that gave Green Bay a 24-16 lead.
Clay Matthews Intercepted Jay Cutler to Ice the Game
The Bears defense managed to get a stop and give the offense one more chance to tie the game trailing by eight points, but Jay Cutler threw this interception to Clay Matthews.
And then there’s this:
Each team would add a touchdown late, but the Packers came away with a 31-23 win.
Preview: Packers & Bears Part of Week 1 Action
With Jordy Nelson out for the season with a knee injury, the Packers passing attack will look quite different in 2015. Nelson didnt miss a start in the last two years, and caught 183 passes for 2,833 yards. With Randall Cobb also injured, Green Bay brought back former player James Jones to contribute to the group, along with Davante Adams and Ty Montgomery.
Regardless of who is catching the passes, the one throwing them should have a field day against the Bears defense. Aaron Rodgers has passed for 3,448 yards, 31 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 14 games against Chicago. His 11 wins are the most against any opponent.
The Bears will hope to curtail the offense under new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. The former San Francisco 49er had success against Rodgers while there with his 3-4 scheme. Can he keep the Bears competitive while the offense works out its kinks under new man Adam Gase?