The Green Bay Packers won this game comfortably as Aaron Rodgers looked confident on offense and crucially, the defense was able to marginalize the Bears running backs. A poor decision by the Bears to not throw the ball more often, led them to struggle to run the ball as their offense looked predictable. Mike Glennon did not impress when he twice threw straight to the defensive backs of the Packers with no Bears in sight. The Chicago Bears looked hapless on defense as they gave away multiple penalties throughout the game.
Although he wasn’t used much during the game, Ty Montgomery got lots of touches on the opening drive for Green Bay and he made excellent progress for the offense. On Aaron Rodgers’ first throw of the game, Randall Cobb spilled the ball and it was recovered by the Chicago Bears defense. However, appropriately, the referee said that his elbow was down and therefore it wasn’t a turnover. To make a third down, Rodgers faked a hand-off to Montgomery and threw to Martellus Bennett. Next, Davante Adams scored a receiving touchdown for the Packers on the first series.
In what was an omen for the rest of the night, on the very first offensive play by the Chicago Bears, Mike Glennon was strip-sacked by Clay Matthews and the ball was recovered by the Packers. Rodgers’ subsequently threw to Randall Cobb for a three yard touchdown. HaHa Clinton-Dix almost came up with a turnover from the Bears’ running back Jordan Howard; however Howard was ruled to be down by contact. Another turnover to the Packers took place soon after, when the ball was snapped off Mike Glennon’s knee.
The Packers’ next possession amounted to nothing when Jordy Nelson dropped an impressive throw down the side line by Rodgers. Although Nelson scored two touchdowns in this game, he also dropped the ball on a couple of occasions. Both teams went three and out on their possession with Rodgers getting sacked in the process.
After an unusual bounce, the punt by the Packers unintentionally hit the back foot of the Chicago blocker at about midfield. This turn of events favored the Chicago Bears; however they were unable to capitalize with a score. After the unusual bounce, the game was delayed briefly due to the weather. The Bears still struggled after the delay. The Bears received a favorable measurement by the referees using the chains on a third down running play that looked shy of the first down marker. On a third down and long, Glennon threw deep but the receiver could not keep a hold of the ball after good pressure from the line backer Joe Thomas.
With Green Bay in control of the ball, Rodgers didn’t see pressure coming from behind and was sacked on a third down. The Bears again failed to take advantage as an inexplicably bad pass by Mike Glennon resulted in a gift of an interception for HaHa Clinton-Dix. Rodgers then threw deep to Jordy Nelson, who hesitated after the catch, when more initiative would have led to a touchdown. It didn’t matter that Nelson delayed because on the next play Aaron Jones ran the ball through the heart of the Bears’ defense for a touchdown.
The next possessions for each team produced punts. As the Bears took control of the ball, time was running out in the first half. The Bears’ desperation seemed to change John Fox’s style of offense. Glennon threw more aggressively downfield to his receivers, who picked up yards after the catch. The previously imposing Packers’ defense was unable to stop the Bears for the first time. Kendall Wright capped off a nice drive with a touchdown catch from a well-timed and accurate fade by Glennon. The Bears may have made this a more competitive game if they had played with the same urgency throughout the match.
Mike Glennon threw a nice pass to a wide open Kendall Wright for a first down. The Bears failed to move the ball afterwards. Green Bay has looked excellent on defense all night. The field goal attempt was missed by the Bears after a penalty was declined by Green Bay. This miss was symptomatic of the poor game the Bears played. The Green Bay offense were able to make third downs whereas the Bears struggled even to run the ball effectively.
On the next series, the Packers received a fortunate call by the referee who placed the ball past the first down marker when Martellus Bennett appeared well short of a first down. However, a good challenge by the Bears’ head coach, John Fox, led to a reversal of the call and this meant the Packers had a 4th down and 1 yard. The Packers passed the ball to Jordy Nelson on the side line and it paid off because he made the first down. On what seemed like it should have been a tricky attempt, the Packers had made it look easy. Then Aaron Rodgers then teamed up with his favorite receiver, Jordy Nelson, for another simple touchdown.
After one nice pass to his teammate, Mike Glennon contrived to throw the ball to the opposition once again. This time Kentrell Brice was in the right place and he caught the straight-forward interception. Randall Cobb had a nice catch on the near side line for Green Bay to set up the score. Jordy Nelson found himself in acres of space in the end zone after the Bears failed to track him. Rodgers threw the easy pass for a touchdown and the extra point was made by Mason Crosby.
Strangely, the Bears decided to predominantly run the ball for the next drive. It eventually led to a score for Jordan Howard, who found the end zone using brute force. Despite the good drive, the time on the clock ran had run down and the game was over soon after. The Bears struggled to run the ball all night and when they did manage to run at the Packers’ defense, it was too little too late.
The running game of the Chicago Bears was stopped effectively by the Green Bay Packers most of the time during the game. The Bears found it difficult to move the ball consistently. Rodgers looked relaxed at quarterback, while Glennon looked skittish in the pocket. If Glennon hadn’t turned the ball over so easily and the Bears had decided to throw the ball more often the Packers may not have had such an easy night. Nevertheless, the Bears did not put up much of a fight and it seems this game was won well before both teams took to the field.