GREEN BAY, WIS. — The Green Bay Packers defeated the Chicago Bears by a score of 35-14 in their Thursday night matchup at Lambeau Field.
The turnover differential proved to be the biggest difference in the game as Chicago forfeited four of their possessions (2 interceptions and 2 fumbles), while their rival managed to play turnover-free football.
On the very first drive of the game, the Packers offense led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers engineered an efficient 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive that concluded with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to wide receiver Davante Adams.
On the first play of the ensuing Bears’ possession, Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews forced a fumble on quarterback Mike Glennon, which was recovered at the Chicago 3-yard line by inside linebacker Jake Ryan.
Three plays later, Rodgers connected with wide receiver Randall Cobb on a 2-yard touchdown pass to give Green Bay a 14-0 lead with 8:59 remaining in the first quarter.
Chicago’s offense sputtered again on the next possession with a fumbled snap that was recovered by Green Bay linebacker Blake Martinez. Green Bay’s offense failed to capitalize on the opportunity; however, as they were forced to punt after a three-and-out.
Chicago’s subsequent possession lasted all of two plays before the first quarter ended and the game was temporarily suspended due to inclement weather. The two teams resumed play after a 45-minute weather delay.
Chicago’s drive lasted 8 plays and spanned 14 yards, but stalled at the Green Bay 44 and resulted in a punt.
Green Bay responded on their next drive with an empty 6-play possession before punting the football.
On the next Bears possession, quarterback Mike Glennon threw an interception to Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on an overthrown ball that was intended for wide receiver Markus Wheaton.
On the play that would follow, Rodgers avoided multiple rushers and unleashed a 58-yard bomb over the deep middle to wide receiver Jordy Nelson who caught the ball between two defenders before racing to the Chicago 2-yard line.
The next play, a handoff to rookie running back Aaron Jones, resulted in the team’s third touchdown of the day and extended the Packers lead to 21-0.
The two teams traded empty possessions on the next two drives before Chicago finally produced their first scoring drive — a 7-play, 71-yard drive that ended 12 seconds before the end of the half with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Glennon to wide receiver Kendall Wright.
Chicago received the second half kickoff, but came up empty on the possession after kicker Connor Barth missed a 47-yard field goal wide right. Green Bay took advantage of the short field with a 13-play, 62-yard drive that culminated in a 4-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to wide receiver Jordy Nelson.
Glennon’s second interception of the day came on an overthrown pass intended for running back Benny Cunningham on the following possession. Packers safety Kentrell Brice intercepted the errant pass.
Rodgers took advantage of the short field yet again with a 6-play, 42-yard drive that resulted in an 8-yard touchdown pass to Nelson on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Chicago used their next possession to get on the board for the last time with a 15-play, 74-yard scoring drive. Running back Jordan Howard powered his way into the endzone on a 3-yard touchdown run for the final score of the day for either team with 6:06 remaining in the game.
Aaron Rodgers’ stellar night saw him complete 18 of his 26 passing attempts for 179 yards and 4 touchdowns. Mike Glennon finished the day 16 for 25 on passing attempts for 184 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Glennon was also credited with 2 fumbles.
On the injury front, running back Ty Montgomery exited the game during the Packers’ first offensive drive. He was seen clutching his ribs as he headed to the locker room. Montgomery returned to the sideline, but he did not return to the game.
Running back Jamaal Williams exited the game early in the second quarter with a knee injury and did not return.
Wide receiver Davante Adams was taken off the field on a stretcher and rushed to a nearby hospital after a scary helmet-to-helmet collision (for which Chicago linebacker Danny Trevathan was flagged, but not ejected) that occurred near the end of the third quarter.
The Packers (3-1) head to Dallas next Sunday for a rematch of the NFC divisional round game with the Cowboys (2-1). The Bears (1-3) return to Soldier Field for a Monday night matchup with the Minnesota Vikings (2-1).