Friday, September 14, 2012

Packers Beat Bears In Defensive Showdown

    The Green Bay Packers got a huge win against their longtime division rival Chicago Bears but more importantly avoid an 0-2 start.  The Bears with their already potent defense, were coming off an outstanding performance from Jay Cutler passing for over 300 yards and 2 touchdowns. Despite putting up similar numbers as Cutler, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were coming off a tough loss against the San Francisco 49ers.

    Both teams began the game by showcasing dominating defensive play. Applying pressure to the opposing quarterbacks, in the 1st half alone both teams had 7 sacks combined (12 game total Packers 7 Bears 5)

    Both teams struggled offensively and had penalties that put points on the board for the opposition. Chicago appeared to have Green Bay forced to punt, but a Green Bay challenge that Chicago had 12 men on the field before the snap, was successful. Instead of 4th down, Green Bay had a fresh set of downs, and took advantage of Chicago's miscue with an eventual field goal. Giving the Packers a 3-0 lead.

    A personal foul killed Chicago's next drive and were forced to eventually punt the ball.  Aaron Rodgers had the Green Bay offense driving, all the way down to Chicago's 11. However, Rodgers was sacked two times in a row and put the Packers in a 4th and long situation. In what was the highlight of the night for both teams, Green Bay was lined up to what appeared to be a FG attempt. Green Bay snapped the ball, but instead of kicking a FG, they call a fake and Tim Masthay flipped the ball to Tom Crabtree, who had nothing but daylight ahead of him and gave the Packers a 10-0 lead.

     After an interception on offense, Chicago had a chance to prevent Green Bay from scoring when Lance Briggs appeared to have an easy interception, but managed to drop it. This missed opportunity allowed the Packers to kick a field goal, extending their lead to 13-0 at the half.

    Chicago opened the second half with a Robbie Gould field goal which ended up being the only points for either team in the 3rd quarter. Cutler threw another interception, this one by Charles Woodson, only for Green Bay to cough the ball up on their ensuing drive.

    After a 3 and out by Chicago, Green Bay opened up the 4th quarter with a 54 yd Mason Crosby Field Goal to once again extend their lead to 10.

    On Chicago's first play of their next drive, Cutler was intercepted by Tramon Williams and returned it back to the Chicago 26. After a relatively quiet and uneventful night, Aaron Rodgers on their first play after the turnover, went over the middle and connected with Donald Driver for a TD giving them a 23-3 advantage.

    Despite Chicago scoring a touchdown, the Packers defense was too much for Cutler, as Clay Matthews had an outstanding night by registering 3.5 sacks. Green Bay also picked off a Jay Cutler pass for their 4th of the game as they improved their record to 1-1 while the Bears dropped to 1-1.

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