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Packers Fall To Bears On Thanksgiving Night 17-13

On a day where we all gather together to give thanks, there was still football to be played. The Chicago Bears invaded Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving Night for a primetime matchup with the Green Bay Packers. The Bears came in with a 4-6 record while Green Bay entered the night atop the NFC North at 7-3.

On a night where Packer legend Brett Favre had his number retired at halftime, and Bart Starr made an appearance as well, many expected a big first half from Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense. That did not happen. The first half brought a defensive clash as the Bears headed back to the locker room with a 14-13 lead.

The Bears got two touchdowns, one on a three yard pass to tight end Zach Miller. The second came courtesy of a goal line run from Jeremy Langford. Chicago did not commit a turnover in the first half, but did punt the ball five times.

The Packers got the first score of the game on a 25 yard touchdown screen pass to Eddie Lacy, which was reviewed after Lacy threw the ball at almost the exact time as he broke the scoring plane. Mason Crosby would be responsible for the other 6 Green Bay points, going two for two with his leg. Lacy also fumbled the ball, and James Starks would take over the back position temporarily.

Halftime was an emotional time for any Packer fan. Brett Favre returned and greeted his former teammates as his number was retired in Lambeau field. Bart Starr would also make an appearance and share a special moment with Favre as the two would share a hug.

The second half moved fast but did not lack edge of your seat moments. With about 5 minutes left in quarter number three on third and 15, Packers center JC Tretter snapped an errant ball that resulted in Rodgers having to chase it down and save possession. Bears defender Lamar Houston’s helmet seemed to slam into Rodgers’ left arm causing Rodgers to walk off the field in great discomfort. A scary sight was relieved when Rodgers did return for the next Packers series.

On the ensuing Bears drive, they had little trouble moving the ball against the Packers defense that had been so dominant in the first half. Green Bay was able to deny the Bears a touchdown, and held Chicago to a Robbie Gould field goal to put them up 17-13 with about 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

The Packers offense continued to struggle in to the fourth quarter. Penalties came back to haunt Green Bay a number of times. On a play where Rodgers’ hard count got the Bears to jump, the refs blew the whistle mid play as Rodgers found receiver Randall Cobb for what looked like could go for an easy touchdown. Later in the drive, a hold against guard TJ Lang resulted in a Bears defender falling into Packers tackle Bryan Bulaga. Bulaga seemed to be hurt, and would be looked at on the sideline. He would not return.

The game remained at 17-13 as the Packers would get the ball back inside their own ten yard line with about four minutes left and a chance for a game winning drive. After two first down scrambles from Rodgers, disaster struck. On a pass intended for Davante Adams, Tracy Porter jumped in front and came away with the interception.

Minutes later, the Packers would have another chance to drive the length of the field down only four points. The offense was firing on all cylinders until 1st and goal. After three incomplete passes, the game hinged on fourth and goal from the eight yard line. Rodgers received the snap and danced around buying as much time as possible before firing a pass into the endzone intended for Davante Adams that would fall incomplete.

Rodgers finished the night 22-43 for 202 yards along with a touchdown and one interception. Jay Cutler went 19-31 for 200 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.

On a night that will be remembered by every Packer fan everywhere, the Bears were determined to ruin the night and they did just that. The Packers fall to 7-4 and the Bears improve to 5-6. Green Bay will next take the field a week from tonight in Detroit on Thursday night football against a Lions team who beat them in Lambeau just two weeks ago.

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James Alexander
RSEN Packers and Heat beat writer

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