Chicago Bears Fall to Green Bay Packers 33-28

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Dec 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) is tackled by Chicago Bears outside linebacker Lance Briggs (right) during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The game couldn’t have started out better for the Bears.  Devin Hester took the opening kickoff back 39 yards, but with an unnecessary roughness penalty, the Bears started in Packers territory and the 43 yard line.  That’s where the good stops.  The Bears went 3 and out and an Adam Podlesh touchback (where is that 25 yard punt when we need it. More on that in a minute) set the Packers up to march down the field.

Rodgers was clearly a bit rusty coming into the game but thanks to Eddie Lacy and a willing Bears defense, the Packers moved the ball the length of the field before Chris Conte picked off an Aaron Rodgers pass to stall the Packers drive and give the Bears the ball back.  The Bears cashed in on the takeaway and Cutler, Marshall and Matt Forte drove the Bears down the field, capped off by a short 4-yard Cutler to Forte TD pass.  Things looking good in Bearsland.

The very next Packers drive ended like the previous one did – with an Aaron Rodgers INT, his second of the day.  After the Bears failed to cash in, the Packers were able to go on a 10 play scoring drive capped off by a Mason Crosby field goal, to pull to within 7-3.  This is where things started to get weird – the first of many questionable calls by the referees.

Following a Lance Briggs sack on a 3rd and 5 that would have put the Packers back at the Bears 33 yard line, Shea McClellin was called for an unnecessary roughness penalty, a 15-yard penalty and an automatic first down.  Free points for the Packers to continue the drive.

After another skunky Bears possession and an even skunkier Adam Podlesh 31-yard punt, the Packers were in business in Bears territory.  Things got weirder.  As the Packers marched down the field, Julius Peppers flashed for one of his 7.5 sacks and forced a fumble.  It appeared to be an incomplete pass but no whistle sounded and everyone on the field just stopped until the Packers sideline was able to urge Jarrett Boykin to scoop it up and run for the end zone.

Say what you want about Lovie Smith – and I’m far from a Lovie apologist – but his defenses always gave an excellent effort and rallied to the ball.  There is ZERO chance that that ball would not be been picked up by a Lovie Smith coached defense.  James Anderson practically kicked it but was too lazy to bend over a pick it up.  As my auto-correct fixed my original tweet: Unreal. #Bears trail 10-7 because they’re a bunch of lazy ducking apples on defense.  I’ll let you figure out what I was trying to express.  This concludes the Lovie Smith portion of this post.

The Bears headed to the halftime locker room trailing the Packers 13-7 and things looked pretty bleak for the Beloved.  Then they came out playing inspired football at the start of the third quarter.

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  • chiremae

    LOL only a Bear fan would consider their team the good guy! For the rest of the world you ARE the bid bully bad guys – that;s why you keep dying : p

    • Sammy Z

      Care to spell check that and review it for compositional effectiveness and come back to us….because we can’t understand a word you’re saying.

  • Dennis Gutknecht

    You’re right not to complain about the officiating, given that not only were the number of uncalled holding penalties the bears got away with (almost every single big run you guys had, a WR was blatantly holding), and the uncalled PI/illegal contact on the Cobb play at the end (which admittedly made no difference, but is used here to underscore how you can’t argue that bad calls only went one direction),

    The officiating in general was horrible this season, and that hurt pretty much every team in the NFL to some degree.

    One hell of a game either way, and without a doubt one of the most memorable Packers/Bears match-ups I’ve seen. Tho in my version, it’s the Pack that are the good guys. ;)

  • closetbearsfan

    Congrats to the Bears fans and organization!! They played a terrific game. The Bears fans are some of the best and most knowledgeable fans that there are. As my handle indicates, I am a Packers fan, with an affinity towards the Bears. I lived in IL for 6 years, and still stay in touch with many Bears fans friends. There is a place in Green Bay called Fuzzy’s where I have met the best Bears fans. It’s a Packers bar open to all fans. The Bears fans are always the most polite and just want to have great banter and conversation. Stay true to your team, as the Bears are going to be great. Those huge receivers, great o-oline,, RB, and QB, and you guys are ready to go. Bears fans rock!!!

    • Mike “Boomer” Burzawa

      Dear Closet – As your New Year’s resolution, it’s time to COME OUT to all your Packers family and friends! There is no need to skulk around in dark corners hiding your fandom. Be a Bears fan and be PROUD of it!