CHICAGO – Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will visit Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday for the latest edition of the Bears-Packers rivalry.
The Packers (4-1) lead the Bears (3-2) in the NFC North division by one game. This will be Justin Fields’ first matchup against the Packers in his young career.
Shaw Local Bears beat writer Sean Hammond and NFL analyst Hub Arkush are at Soldier Field for the game. Follow Hammond on Twitter @sean_hammond and on Instagram at @bears_reporter, and find Arkush on Twitter at @Hub_Arkush.
Catch up on everything you missed this week from Halas Hall, and stay right here all game long for live updates from Soldier Field.
Packers win, 24-14
Rodgers’ 6-yard rushing touchdown capped off the victory. The Bears dropped to 3-3, while the Packers improved to 5-1.
The Bears offense finished with 277 total yards, 140 rushing and 137 passing. Rodgers threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns.
Rodgers runs in 6-yard touchdown
Trailing by three in the fourth quarter, the Bears needed a big stop from their defense. They didn’t get one.
Aaron Rodgers drove the Packers 75 yards in seven plays, capping the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run on a scramble. Another big play from Davante Adams kept the drive going. This time it was a 41-yard completion to Adams, who broke a tackle attempt by Bears safety Eddie Jackson.
The Packers extended their lead to 24-14.
Fields finds Mooney for touchdown
Bears quarterback Justin Fields found receiver Darnell Mooney for a 5-yard touchdown, pulling the Bears within 17-14 with 8:44 remaining in the game.
Moments earlier, it appeared that running back Khalil Herbert had run for a 16-yard touchdown, but it was wiped off the board because of a holding penalty against center Sam Mustipher. The Bears were forced into a first-and-20 situation, but still managed to pick up a first down and continue the scoring drive.
The touchdown was Mooney’s first of the season.
Packers extend lead with another touchdown
The Bears were forced to punt on the first possession after halftime. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers took the ball and drove 90 yards on 10 plays, capping the drive with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to running back Aaron Jones.
The score gave the Packers a 17-7 advantage over the Bears, and marked 17 consecutive points for Green Bay.
Sack pushes Bears out of field goal range, Packers lead, 10-7, at halftime
With the Bears driving to try to score before halftime, Justin Fields aired out a pass deep into the end zone that was caught by Packers safety Adrian Amos. The play was called an incomplete pass, though it was close to an interception, and remained so after a lengthy review.
Following the review, the Bears were penalized for a delay of game, then Fields took a sack on third down, pushing them out of field goal range.
The Packers held a 10-7 lead at halftime.
Crosby’s field goal gives Packers lead, 10-7
The Packers appeared to have a touchdown on a third-down pass from Aaron Rodgers to Equanimeous St. Brown. The refs, however, flagged St. Brown for offensive pass interference.
On the ensuing third-and-long, the Packers elected to throw short and set up a 38-yard field goal for kicker Mason Crosby, who knocked it in easily. The Packers took their first lead of the day, 10-7, late in the second quarter.
Packers march 80 yards for touchdown
Aaron Rodgers led the Packers 80 yards down the field for a game-tying touchdown, capped by a 1-yard shovel pass touchdown from Rodgers to receiver Allen Lazard.
The drive was aided by a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Bears defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. The Packers also capitalized off a 32-yard completion from Rodgers to Davante Adams. Adams beat Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson from the slot and made a big gain after the catch.
Fields intercepted in the end zone
The Bears thought they were getting a free play when the Packers jumped offsides on third-and-7 at the Green Bay 47-yard line late in the first quarter. Justin Fields scrambled from the pocket and heaved a long pass into the end zone intended for Allen Robinson.
The only problem was the refs never threw a penalty flag. Fields was intercepted by Packers safety Darnell Savage on an easy catch for Savage.
The Packers took over possession trailing, 7-0.
Herbert’s touchdown gives the Bears a 7-0 lead
Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields connected with Allen Robinson for a 20-yard gain on third-and-3 to keep the team’s first offensive possession moving. Moments later, he targeted Marquise Goodwin deep down the middle of the field, drawing a defensive pass interference penalty.
Later, rookie running back Khalil Herbert punched in a 1-yard touchdown. The Bears took the first lead of the game, 7-0, with 6:45 to play in the first quarter.
Packers lose starting center Josh Myers
Packers center Josh Myers suffered an apparent injury on the game’s first drive. The Packers are already playing with a beat up offensive line. Myers spent some time in the injury tent then left the team sideline and headed for the locker room.
The Packers’ first offensive possession stalled out when Khalil Mack sacked Aaron Rodgers on third down. Mack’s sack pushed the Packers out of field goal range and they were forced to punt back to the Bears.
Hicks, Mack, Robinson are all active Sunday
The Bears announced six inactive players Sunday. Quarterback Nick Foles, receiver Breshad Perriman, defensive back Artie Burns, tight end J.P. Holtz, linebacker Caleb Johnson and defensive tackle Khyiris Tonga are all inactive Sunday.
That means receiver Allen Robinson, outside linebacker Khalil Mack and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks – who were all battling injuries this week – are active and expected to play.
What to watch for Sunday
The 2021 Packers have looked more vulnerable than past editions. There’s reason to believe the Bears could hang around in this game.
Shaw Local’s staff picks lean heavily on the Packers this week. Was anybody brave enough to pick the Bears? Check it out here.
Rookie running back Khalil Herbert should play a big role
Bears running back David Montgomery is on injured reserve and will miss at least two more weeks. In Las Vegas a week ago, Damien Williams and Khalil Herbert filled in admirably at running back.
Unfortunately, Williams has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list this week and will be unavailable for Sunday’s game. The Bears will also be without receivers coach Mike Furrey due to COVID-19 protocols.
Williams’ absence means Herbert, the rookie sixth-round draft pick, will have a lot on his shoulders this week. Expect to see Herbert earning the start and seeing a significant number of touches as the game goes on.
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