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CHICAGO, Ill. - It felt like a war at Soldier Field, the oldest rivalry in the NFL living up to the hype.
"Definitely, it was tough," Packers running back Eddie Lacy said. "It's what we expected. We didn't expect to come in and run right through them, but we kept our composure. Time of possession wasn't on our side, but we never got down, just continued to fight.
"It was awesome to be able to open the season up with the Bears, biggest rivalry in the game," Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels said. "They know us, we know them, it's always a great game to play in and have that for an opener. Can't beat it."
The Packers finally breaking a season opening trend. In their 31-23 win over the Bears, they picked up their first to begin a season since 2011.
"I heard that in the locker room, that's been a while," Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. "We gotta start fast as Mike's (McCarthy) been talking about all spring and summer, guess we got our first one. He'll be happy for a week."
In a seesaw battle, the Packers got up in the fourth quarter. Aaron Rogers found Randall Cobb for the go-ahead touchdown. The defense made two huge stops including a Clay Matthews interception and special teams grabbed the onside kick to end the game.
"That's how most games are," Packers linebacker Julius Peppers said. "Last year we had a lot of blowout games, but I wouldn't expect that this year, I would expect more close games and more games to be won in the second half."
With a win under their belts, the Packers head home to host the Seahawks on Sunday. Revenge would be nice but a second win would be nicer.
"I saw that St. Louis got them in overtime," Rodgers said. "They're a great defense and have a lot of playmakers on offense so, get to the film tomorrow morning and get ready for that one."
"This is our starting point, this is who we are as a team today," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "A lot of good things to build off of, a lot of things we can learn from."
By Dylan Scott | fox11online.com | September 13, 2015