Bears rally past undisciplined Packers
Still doubting the Bears?
Jay Cutler threw for 221 yards and kicker Robbie Gould kicked the game-winning field goal as the Bears upended the Green Bay Packers 20-17 Monday night in Chicago.
Gould won it with a 19-yard field goal with four seconds remaining.
The Packers' James Jones lost a fumble on a hit by Brian Urlacher in the final minutes. Then Morgan Burnett was called for pass interference on Earl Bennett.
Three plays later, Chicago walked away with a wild win and the only undefeated record in the NFC.
Chicago is 3-0 and alone atop the NFC North. The Packers fell to 2-1.
Soldier Field, Chicago
Passing: Aaron Rodgers (GB) - 316 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Receiving: Jermichael Finley (GB) - 9 catches, 115 yards, 0 TDs
Receiving: Johnny Knox (CHI) - 4 catches, 94 yards, 0 TDS
The Bears kept insisting they were contenders through a sloppy pre-season and less-than-inspiring opening win over Detroit. Since then, they turned heads with a win at Dallas last week and stamped themselves as contenders by beating Green Bay — with lots of help from the Packers.
Chicago held its longtime rival to 63 yards rushing, but the Bears had only 77 themselves. That turned it into an air game for much of the night.
That's easy. With the teams tied at 17, Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher stripped Green Bay receiver James Jones of the ball near midfield, which was recovered by Tim Jennings with 2:18 remaining. Aided by a pass interference call, Cutler guided Chicago down the field, giving way to Robbie Gould's game-winning kick.
Two key plays allowed the Bears to edge past Green Bay. In the third quarter, defensive end Julius Peppers blocked a Mason Crosby 37-yard field goal, keeping Chicago within three points of the lead. Electrifying return man Devin Hester then gave the Bears a four-point advantage after scoring on a 62-yard punt return.
It's the type of game that gives head coaches ulcers and sleepless nights. Green Bay continually allowed the Bears to stick around by committing costly penalties. In fact, the team was flagged a whopping 17 times for 152 yards. The 17 penalties tie a dubious franchise record set in 1955.
What they said
"Any time a play like that comes up, that's a play you need to make. Luckily for them they didn't have any penalties on that call and they were able to get the ball." — Packers linebacker Nick Barnett
"It's fun, that is all you can ask for. The defence did a great job, we struggled the whole game, felt like we kind of were killing ourselves." — Bears quarterback Jay Cutler