After stopping the Packers on their initial possession and another terrific Devin Hester punt return, the Bears marched right down the field behind 5 straight Matt Forte runs to pull ahead 14-13. Hey, that wasn’t too hard. Maybe the Bears could pull this off.
The Packers responded with a scoring drive of their own behind some strong running by Eddie Lacy and James Starks, capped by a Randall Cobb TD reception to put the Packers back up 20-14. He was just getting warmed up. The Bears responded with a 67 yard bomb from Cutler to Alshon Jeffery that looked like a TD but was ruled down at the 1 yard line. Matt Forte gladly cleaned it up to pull the Bears back on top.
Dec 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) catches a touchdown pass with Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (38) defending during the second half at Soldier Field. Green Bay won 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Things settled down until Brandon Marshall opened the 4th quarter with a terrific spin-o-rama TD catch that would have made Dennis Savard proud and the Bears were back in business again, extending to a 28-20 lead. Could the Bears possibly pull this off?
The Packers took only 6 plays and 3:17 off the clock to respond with an Eddie Lacy TD and after eschewing the 2-point conversion cut it to a 28-27 game with 11:43 left in the game. The Bears were able to chew about 5 minutes off the clock, but Cutler and Alshon Jeffery weren’t able to connect on a deep pass on a 3rd and 17 and the Bears had to send the ball back to the Packers with 6:32 left.