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Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears Recap JAN 3TH 2021

In an old-school game reminiscent of the old NFC Central -- also known as the Black and Blue Division -- the visiting Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 10-3 in Matt LaFleur's coaching debut as the NFL kicked off its 100th season with the league's oldest rivalry Thursday night.

The Packers hired LaFleur as coach to resurrect the Aaron Rodgers-led offense, but it was second-year coordinator Mike Pettine's defense and a former Bears defensive back that helped Green Bay upset the defending NFC North champions.

"We've got a defense," a smiling Rodgers said afterward on the NBC broadcast.

With Chicago in the red zone and trailing 10-3 with 2:03 remaining, Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky fired a pass into the end zone that was intercepted by former Chicago safety Adrian Amos, whom the Packers signed in free agency.

The Bears got the ball back at their own 14 with 1:33 and one timeout remaining, but Trubisky & Co. went four-and-out, with Preston Smith's sack on fourth-and-8 clinching it.

The Packers led 7-3 at halftime, and that score held into the fourth quarter. Chicago crossed midfield early in the fourth, but three consecutive penalties made it first-and-40, and two dropped passes made it third-and-40.

Green Bay tacked on a 39-yard field goal by Mason Crosby with 5:15 remaining, a drive keyed by 28-yard completions to receiver Trevor Davis and tight end Robert Tonyan.

A key moment came on a second-and-10 from Chicago's 49 with 4:16 remaining. Trubisky hit receiver Taylor Gabriel for a 24-yard catch while tumbling out of bounds. Trubisky rushed the offense to the line of scrimmage, but LaFleur threw his challenge flag, and the completion was overturned by review.

Chicago kept moving, though, before Amos' interception on third-and-10 from the 16.

Chicago's defense, which led the NFL in points allowed last season and returned four Pro Bowlers, dominated the start of the game. Green Bay's first three possessions resulted in three punts and minus-12 yards.

With the Packers' offense going in reverse, the Bears' field position was on fast forward. They started their second drive at Green Bay's 36 but settled for a 38-yard field goal by Eddy Pineiro. As the ball split the uprights, the Soldier Field crowd erupted, no doubt due to memories of last year's double-doink miss by Cody Parkey in a playoff loss to the Eagles.

One big play changed everything, as Rodgers employed a fake end-around to receiver Davante Adams and hit fellow receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a gain of 47 early in the second quarter. Rodgers followed with short completions to tight end Marcedes Lewis and Adams before hitting tight end Jimmy Graham for an 8-yard touchdown, despite 12 defenders on the field.

--Field Level Media

Playoff implications are on the line when the Green Bay Packers visit the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon to close out the regular season.

Green Bay (12-3) can clinch a first-round bye and the No. 1 seed in the NFC with a win or a tie against the Bears. The Packers, who already have clinched the NFC North, also can get a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs if the Seattle Seahawks (11-4) lose or tie against the San Francisco 49ers.

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Meanwhile, Chicago (8-7) can clinch an NFC playoff berth with a win over its longtime division nemesis. There are two other pathways for the Bears to secure a postseason spot -- if the Arizona Cardinals (8-7) fall short to the Los Angeles Rams (9-6), or if the Bears and Cardinals each finish with tie scores.

Bottom line: Expect a dramatic showdown at Soldier Field when the teams meet for the 202nd time -- the NFL's oldest rivalry. Green Bay leads the series 100-95-6.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur has not had any trouble motivating his players heading into Week 17.

"The guys are dialed in," he said. "There's a lot to be motivated about. There's a lot, obviously, at stake."

The same is true in Chicago, which has had a roller-coaster season in coach Matt Nagy's third year. The Bears opened the season with a 5-1 record, then lost six games in a row to fall to 5-7, then won three straight.

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Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has played a key role in the late-season turnaround. He was benched for veteran Nick Foles during a Week 3 game against the Atlanta Falcons, but he reclaimed his starting job in Week 12 and has posted a 99.3 passer rating since then with 1,243 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions.

"Everything I've experienced this season has just made me stronger and a better person and player," Trubisky said. "Just what I've had to deal with and everything we've had to overcome as a team, to see where we're at now, it gives you confidence.

"All the distractions and everything you have to deal with throughout the season and playing within a pandemic, it does make you mentally stronger as a person. And you're able to deal with a lot more."

As Green Bay's defense looks to limit Trubisky -- and perhaps more importantly, running back David Montgomery, who has been even more impressive over the past five games -- Chicago's defense will take on a steeper challenge. The Bears must find a way to slow down Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

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At age 37, Rodgers is putting up MVP-caliber numbers with 4,059 passing yards, 44 touchdowns and five interceptions. He has a 119.4 passer rating, which leads the league and is the second best of his storied career, trailing only a 122.5 passer rating that he finished with in 2011.

Green Bay won the first meeting this season 41-25 on Nov. 29, as Rodgers passed for 211 yards and four scores at Lambeau Field.

--Field Level Media

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Green Bay Packers

Chicago Bears

Player Position Lineup
Davante Adams primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jaire Alexander primary: Cornerback Starter
Adrian Amos primary: Safety Starter
Kenny Clark primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Elgton Jenkins primary: Left Guard Starter
Aaron Jones primary: Runningback Starter
Kevin King primary: Cornerback Starter
Allen Lazard primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Corey Linsley primary: Center Starter
Dean Lowry primary: Defensive End Starter
Lucas Patrick primary: Right Guard Starter
Aaron Rodgers primary: Quarterback Starter
Darnell Savage primary: Safety Starter
Preston Smith primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Za'Darius Smith primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Chandon Sullivan primary: Cornerback Starter
Billy Turner primary: Left Tackle Starter
Christian Kirksey primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Rick Wagner primary: Right Tackle Starter
Marcedes Lewis primary: Tight End Starter
Krys Barnes primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Dominique Dafney primary: Tight End Starter
Hunter Bradley primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Oren Burks primary: Linebacker Substitution
Mason Crosby primary: Kicker Substitution
Rashan Gary primary: Linebacker Substitution
Ka'dar Hollman primary: Cornerback Substitution
Tyler Lancaster primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Yosh Nijman primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
JK Scott primary: Punter Substitution
Equanimeous St. Brown primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ty Summers primary: Linebacker Substitution
Robert Tonyan primary: Tight End Substitution
Marquez Valdes-Scantling primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jamaal Williams primary: Runningback Substitution
Malik Taylor primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Randy Ramsey primary: Linebacker Substitution
Will Redmond primary: Safety Substitution
AJ Dillon primary: Runningback Substitution
Kamal Martin primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jon Runyan primary: Guard Substitution
Vernon Scott primary: Safety Substitution
Henry Black primary: Safety Substitution
Ben Braden primary: Guard Substitution
Tavon Austin primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Brian Price primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Damon Harrison Sr. primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Tim Boyle primary: Quarterback Did not play
Josh Jackson primary: Cornerback Not active
Kingsley Keke primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Jace Sternberger primary: Tight End Not active
Jordan Love primary: Quarterback Not active
Simon Stepaniak primary: Guard Not active
Jonathan Garvin primary: Linebacker Not active
Player Position Lineup
Alex Bars primary: Right Guard Starter
Kyle Fuller primary: Cornerback Starter
Akiem Hicks primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Eddie Jackson primary: Safety Starter
Charles Leno Jr. primary: Left Tackle Starter
Khalil Mack primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
David Montgomery primary: Runningback Starter
Bilal Nichols primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Allen Robinson II primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Duke Shelley primary: Cornerback Starter
Roquan Smith primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Danny Trevathan primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Mitchell Trubisky primary: Quarterback Starter
Cody Whitehair primary: Left Guard Starter
Sam Mustipher primary: Center Starter
Jimmy Graham primary: Tight End Starter
Brent Urban primary: Defensive End Starter
Germain Ifedi primary: Right Tackle Starter
Robert Quinn primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Cole Kmet primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Darnell Mooney primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Tashaun Gipson Sr. primary: Safety Starter
Rashaad Coward primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
DeAndre Houston-Carson primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Joel Iyiegbuniwe primary: Linebacker Substitution
Sherrick McManis primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Anthony Miller primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ryan Nall primary: Runningback Substitution
Pat O'Donnell primary: Punter Substitution
Cordarrelle Patterson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Javon Wims primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Josh Woods primary: Linebacker Substitution
Demetrius Harris primary: Tight End Substitution
J.P. Holtz primary: Tight End Substitution
Xavier Crawford primary: Defensive Back Substitution
James Vaughters primary: Linebacker Substitution
Patrick Scales primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Barkevious Mingo primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jason Spriggs primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Trevis Gipson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Kindle Vildor primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Arlington Hambright primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
John Jenkins primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Artavis Pierce primary: Runningback Substitution
Cairo Santos primary: Kicker Substitution
Mario Edwards Jr. primary: Defensive End Substitution
DeAndre Carter primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Deon Bush primary: Defensive Back Not active
Riley Ridley primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Buster Skrine primary: Defensive Back Not active
Nick Foles primary: Quarterback Did not play
Jaylon Johnson primary: Defensive Back Not active
Lachavious Simmons primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Dan McCullers primary: Defensive Tackle Not active

Green Bay Packers

Chicago Bears

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 2 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Cairo Santos
    • Rusher: David Montgomery
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 27 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Cairo Santos
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 13 Yards
    • Passer: Aaron Rodgers
    • Pass Receiver: Dominique Dafney
    • Conv Kicker: Mason Crosby
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 72 Yards
    • Passer: Aaron Rodgers
    • Pass Receiver: Marquez Valdes-Scantling
    • Conv Kicker: Mason Crosby
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 30 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Cairo Santos
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 3 Yards
    • Passer: Aaron Rodgers
    • Pass Receiver: Robert Tonyan
    • Conv Kicker: Mason Crosby
  • Period 3
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 20 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Cairo Santos
  • Period 4
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 6 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Davante Adams
    • Conv Kicker: Mason Crosby
    • Passer: Aaron Rodgers
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 4 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Mason Crosby
    • Rusher: Aaron Jones
  • Match End


Last 10

W 90% L 10%
9 1
  • L.A. Rams W 18 - 32
  • @Chicago W 35 - 16
  • Tennessee W 14 - 40
  • Carolina W 16 - 24
  • @Detroit W 31 - 24
  • Philadelphia W 16 - 30
  • Chicago W 25 - 41
  • @Indianapolis L 31 - 34
  • Jacksonville W 20 - 24
  • @San Francisco W 34 - 17
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • @New Orleans L 9 - 21
  • Green Bay L 35 - 16
  • @Jacksonville W 41 - 17
  • @Minnesota W 33 - 27
  • Houston W 7 - 36
  • Detroit L 34 - 30
  • @Green Bay L 25 - 41
  • Minnesota L 19 - 13
  • @Tennessee L 17 - 24
  • New Orleans L 26 - 23

Next Games

  • Tampa Bay(12-03-17) W 20 - 26

Last Meetings

  • Packers @ Bears 35-16
  • Bears @ Packers 25-41
  • Bears @ Packers 13-21
  • Packers @ Bears 10-3
  • Packers @ Bears 17-24
  • Bears @ Packers 23-24
  • Packers @ Bears 23-16
  • Bears @ Packers 14-35
  • Packers @ Bears 30-27
  • Bears @ Packers 10-26

Last Injuries

Chicago Bears

  • Roquan Smith

    Out Sun | out

    Smith is hampered with an elbow injury, and he will not play in the NFC Wild Card game against the Saints.

  • Josh Woods

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Woods is hobbled by a toe injury, and it is unclear if he will line up in the NFC Wild Card game against the Saints.

  • Darnell Mooney

    Out Sun | out

    Mooney is managing an ankle injury, and he will not play a part against the Saints in the NFC Wild Card game.

  • Allen Robinson II

    Prob Sun | probable

    Robinson is expected to suit up in the NFC Wild Card game against the Saints despite a hamstring injury.

  • Duke Shelley

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Shelley is nursing a knee injury, leaving his status for the NFC Wild Card game against the Saints in question.

  • Deon Bush

    Prob Sun | probable

    Bush is bothered by a foot issue, but it is projected that he will participate in the NFC Wild Card game against the Saints.

  • Jaylon Johnson

    Prob Sun | probable

    Johnson is tending to a shoulder injury, but he is expected to be active for the NFC Wild Card game against the Saints.

Green Bay Packers

  • Billy Winn

    Ques Jan 24 | I-R

    Winn has landed on the injured reserve list with a triceps injury, and it is unclear if he will return in time for the NFC Championship game against the Buccaneers.

  • Kingsley Keke

    Ques Jan 24 | questionable

    Keke is going through the concussion protocol, and it is up in the air if he will cleared for the NFC Championship game against the Buccaneers.

  • Krys Barnes

    Ques Jan 24 | questionable

    Barnes is managing a thumb injury, and his status for the NFC Championship game versus the Buccaneers is in question.

  • AJ Dillon

    Ques Jan 24 | questionable

    Dillon was forced from the previous game with a quad injury, and his status for the NFC Championship game against the Buccaneers is undetermined.

  • Jace Sternberger

    Ques July 24 | questionable

    Sternberger is battling a concussion, and it is up in the air if he will partake in the NFC Championship game versus the Buccaneers.

  • Simon Stepaniak

    I-R | I-R

    Stepaniak has wound up on the injured reserve list after surgery to repair a torn ACL.

  • Tyler Ervin

    Late Jan | I-R

    Ervin has landed on the injured reserve due to a foot injury, and is expected to be out until the latter part January.

  • Rick Wagner

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Wagner is hampered by a knee injury, leaving his availability for the NFC divisional round versus the Rams clouded.