The Green Bay Packers just keep running the table. The Pack squeezed out a fourth straight win over the Chicago Bears in a 30-27 nail biter at Soldier Field.
Warm feelings between these division rivals are never expected, but the frigid temperatures – that felt subzero with wind-chill – took this brutal game to another level of cold.
The Bears always seem to have a little extra juice in the tank their longtime foe, and it was evident during a fourth quarter offensive surge that was nearly enough for the home team to pull off an upset.
Green Bay’s defense came up with some big stops that were highlighted in the third quarter. In that time, two safeties were responsible for picking of QB Matt Barkley three times, as Ha Ha Clinton-Dix recorded two INTs and Micah Hyde recorded the other. Veteran Julius Peppers also came up big, recording a strip sack and recovering the fumble.
Then the Pack lost its composure and Chicago did not hesitate to take advantage of the opportunity, piling on 17 points to tie the game at 27 a piece. The ball was back in Green Bay’s hand with just over a minute remaining in the game, but it didn’t take long to get to third-and-long.
With under 40 seconds left on the game clock, Rodgers threw it long to none other than Jordy Nelson. Rodgers’ most trusted receiver pulled down the 60-yard pass to set up Mason Crosby for his third field goal. As time expired, Crosby punched in the FG for 32 yards and the win.
This win improves the Packers to 8-6, which pushes the Pack up second in the NFC North. As an added bonus, Green Bay’s win comes with a Detroit Lions (9-5) loss to the New York Giants, meaning the Packers are only one game away from claiming that top seed in the division.
Brian Parchmann | December 19, 2016