Chicago Bear’s Thanksgiving Win Over Packers: A Fan’s Non-Expert Take


Nov 26, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) shake hands after a NFL game on Thanksgiving at Lambeau Field. The Bears defeated the Packers 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Yeah Baby.

That was just what the doctor ordered. Spending time with loved ones and not-so-loved ones, eating too much good food, then watching the Chicago Bears go into Lambeau, on their first ever Thanksgiving game against the Green Bay Packers, and beating them.

I actually asked my wife to pinch me to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.

A few hallmarks in this one too. I already mentioned that these two teams never matched on Thanksgiving in their entire history. Another one is that Packer legend Brett Favre had a ceremony to retire his number 4 at halftime. The most important one is that Jay Cutler finally won in Lambeau.

To say Bears fans are happy today would be an understatement.

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It was cold and raining for the whole game. Conditions were bad. Passes were dropped and players were slipping. I would have preferred snow because my Christmas tree is already up and I’m weird like that.

I’m really glad this win wasn’t against a backup QB either. While Aaron Rodgers did get an elbow hit on his non-throwing hand that caused numbness, he still played the whole game, which makes this win much sweeter than the win with Josh McCown in Lambeau in 2013, which I wrote about on this site here.

While Jay played solid football, Vic Fangio’s defense should get most of the accolades. They were in top form. He is the best defensive coordinator in the league in my opinion. I’m starting to think that he was the difference for the 49ers killer D that dominated while he was there. The players that have moved on to other teams have not had the same kind of success without him.

They stopped Aaron Rodgers in the red zone multiple times. It’s hard to stop him once.

It doesn’t mean that I was able to relax in the fourth quarter. Hell, I wasn’t able to relax for the whole game.

You need at least a three score lead to chill a little bit against Aaron Rodgers, and even then, don’t get too comfortable. We never even had a two score lead in this game.

I was telling myself, enjoy it while it lasts. I kept thinking we would lose despite our valiant effort. The Denver loss showed itself in the way of better decision-making in this game.

The secondary is really looking good now. CB Tracy Porter is a steal. One team’s trash is another team’s treasure…….

My little guy conked out in the recliner even with my yelling and dancing, so he must have been exhausted. My wife told me to calm down at one point, even after she took him off to bed. I returned the favor when she found herself losing her own bearings over the game.

My wife and I started dating after we got Jay Cutler from Denver and I told her it was a great time to become a Chicago Bears fan, but one thing she has seen is that they have had little success against the Packers.

Our Beloved Bears were so consistently bad against them throughout our relationship, that my mention and excitement of an upcoming Bears/Packers game for her only meant a promise of getting to see my grumpy ass moping around wearing a painted smile, while giving assurances that I was fine when I really wasn’t. I think she started to dread our Packer games.

Beth deserved this one, thank you Chicago Bears for giving it to her.