There were few silver linings in the Bears' 41-25 drubbing at the hands of the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.
Running back David Montgomery’s return was one of them. The second-year pro returned to the field following a one-game absence due to a concussion. He proceeded to play one of his best games of the season.
On his first touch, Montgomery ran 57 yards up the middle of the field. It was the type of chunk play that the Bears running game has been missing all season. It was the Bears’ longest running play of the season.
Montgomery went on to finish his night with 103 rushing yards on 11 carries. He also caught five passes for 40 yards and a touchdown.
“Yeah, I thought David ran really hard,” head coach Matt Nagy said. “I thought the line blocked well for him. David's a hard runner now. He cares immensely about this game. He's going to give it every ounce that he has. And you felt that today.”
The Bears padded their stats somewhat in garbage time after the Packers built a three-possession lead early in the game. But Montgomery’s performance was legitimate. He was the only one doing much of anything for the offense in the first half.
He had 93 yards from scrimmage by halftime. Even without the big 57-yard run he averaged 4.6 yards per carry on his 10 other carries in the game.