Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers defeated the Chicago Bears, 27-10, on Sunday Night Football at Lambeau Field. The Packers bounced back following a disappointing loss in Minneapolis, with the three-time NFL MVP changing tactics for this event and focusing on his runningbacks.
“Tonight was really about 28 (A.J. Dillon) and 33 (Aaron Jones), getting them the football,” Rodgers said.
Jones contributed with two touchdowns, one on the ground and one in the air, with 132 rushing and 38 running yards. Meanwhile, Dillon did all the dirty work, rushing 18 times for 61 yards, often being used as a battering ram for the Bears’ defensive line.
After losing the opening period 0-3, they would score three touchdowns in the second period, two by Jones and one coming from Allen Lazard, who caught Rodgers’ five-yard pass. This was Rodgers’ 451st touchdown pass in his career, with only Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Brett Favre reaching this number. It was obvious at that point that the Packers solved this one.
Though, there was one controversial situation in the middle of the fourth, with the Packs leading 27-10. Justin Fields tried a QB sneak in, but the defense stopped him. It looked like the young QB reached the endzone line, yet even after a challenge, the officials didn’t change their decision, and the ruling on the field was that he didn’t make any progress. Green Bay got the football at the one-yard line.
Fields ran for one touchdown last night, and he had only 70 passing yards, completing seven of his eleven attempts and posting one interception.
The focal point of the Bears’ attack was David Montgomery, who ran 15 times for 122 yards. Overall, Chicago blew away the Packers’ defensive line posting 180 yards on the ground on 27 carries, which is very good productivity. However, Fields couldn’t get his passing game going, and the Bears’ options on the offensive side were narrowed.
“Coming out with a disappointing loss like this, it hurts,” Bears quarterback Justin Fields told. “We’ve just got to respond.”
Chicago had only 11 first downs, compared to 26 by the Packers. The total number of plays also showed a significant difference, the Bears had 41, and the Packers had 66.
Still, nobody expected the Bears to beat the Packers at Lambeau, even though they managed to take the win against the 49ers on an opening day. On the other side, the Packers had the imperative of clinching this event in their favor due to a loss over the Vikings in Week 1.
No quarterback has ever defeated the Chicago Bears more times than Aaron Rodgers (24 wins).
He does indeed own the Bears. pic.twitter.com/zgvwVckAY7
— PackersHistory.com (@PackersHistory1) September 19, 2022
Aaron Rodgers went 19/25 for 234 yards, and two touchdown passes. He had a few pretty good throws, and overall, the MVP wanted to use all of the receivers, which is why nobody had more than three receptions. Sammy Watkins caught 93 yards on three, Randal Cobb 37 on two.
This was the seventh consecutive victory of the Packers over Bears, and the 24th for Rodgers against Chicago in 29 appearances as a starter.
Up next, the Packers have a huge matchup coming up their way, once they meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Raymond James Stadium. After that, they host the New England Patriots.
As for the Bears, they play against the Houston Texans at home, and then hit the road for back-to-back games in New York against the Giants and the Minnesota Vikings.
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