Rodgers Throws Three Touchdowns for Sixth Time Against Bears
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers seem to have the Chicago Bears' number lately.
With the Packers' win Sunday, they moved a game back of tying the all-time record. Chicago leads the series win total, 93-92-6. Green Bay's won the last four games in the rivalry. The Bears last won on Nov. 4 in Green Bay on Monday night, 27-20.
For the Packers, Rodgers was outstanding again. He completed 18 of 23 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns. Sunday's game was the sixth time Rodgers had thrown for three touchdowns in a game against the Bears. Only some guy named Brett Favre has more. Favre has nine.
Rodgers found an old target for two of his three touchdowns in the game. James Jones, who the Packers signed after the preseason, caught a 13-yard touchdown and a one-yard touchdown against Chicago.
The other difference maker in the game was Clay Matthews. He made an outstanding interception in the fourth quarter. Jay Cutler's now thrown an interception every start he's made against the Packers.
The most notable drive in the game that seemed to give Green Bay all the momentum was early in the fourth quarter. The Packers went on a 16-play, 78-yard drive that lasted nine minutes and 31 seconds and resulted in a five-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Randall Cobb.
One of my favorite plays in the game came when Rodgers eluded a few defenders and flipped a shovel pass to Eddie Lacy, who made an ridiculous one-handed catch.
Overall, it was a great game offensively for Green Bay. Defensively, the Packers struggled against the run, allowing Matt Forte to rush for 141 yards and a touchdown. However, Green Bay also missing three of its best run defenders. Letroy Guion and Datone Jones were out due to suspensions and Morgan Burnett sat out the game with an injury.
Despite allowing quite a few yards on the ground, Green Bay's defense held Chicago's offense to field goals three times.
The other bright spot in the game was Ty Montgomery on special teams for the Packers. His first kick return of the game set up Green Bay in excellent field position. But the Packers had to punt and missed on that opportunity. Overall, Montgomery had three kick returns that produced 106 yards. That's solid for the rookie out of Stanford.
The biggest loss of the game was Sam Barrington going down with an injury. The Packers put Barrington on injured reserve yesterday. Now, it's the next-man up mentality and someone will have to step up. Maybe it's rookie Jake Ryan.
Next up for the Packers is Seattle at Lambeau Field Sunday night on NBC.
Look for a story previewing the game on Friday.
Sam Tastad will have stories on the Packers all season with pre-and-post game previews. Follow him on Twitter @samtastad and email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.