Chicago Bears (6-9) 14, Green Bay Packers (8-6-1) 0
Sunday December 10th 1978 (at Chicago)
(CHICAGO) - Walter Payton dove one yard for a touchdown and James Scott hauled in a 35-yard TD pass from Mike Phipps to give the Bears a triumph over the Green Bay Packers. The Bears' victory knocked the Packers back into a first-place tie with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Central Division. It left the decision of the division crown on the final game for both teams next week. The Bears' defense deserved equal credit with the offense for the victory, evening the season series between the two teams at one victory apiece. In the first half neither team could advance past the opponent's 30 until the final two minutes when Payton's touchdown drive ended an 11-play parade lhat covered 83 yards. Phipps' 32-yard pass to Golden Richards to the Packers' 15 and a late-hit penalty, which put the ball on the seven, were the keys to the score. The Packers lost the ball twice on fumbles and both turned into key plays. The first fumble, by Terdell Middleton, cost the Packers possession on the Bears' 30. The second, by Johnny Gray on a punt, resulted in the Bears' second score.
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  0 -  0
CHICAGO   -  0  7  7  0 - 14
                       GREEN BAY       CHICAGO
First downs                   11            17
Rush-yards-TDs           27-78-0      47-174-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT  8-25-126-0-1  9-19-131-1-1
Sacked-yards                4-43          1-12
Net pass yards                83           119
Total yards                  161           293
Fumbles-lost                 2-2           1-0
Turnovers                      3             1
Penalties-yards             4-28          8-87
SCORING
2nd - CHI - Walter Payton, 1-yard run (Bob Thomas kick) CHICAGO 7-0
3rd - CHI - James Scott, 35-yard pass from Mike Phipps (Thomas kick) CHICAGO 14-0
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Terdell Middleton 14-35, Barty Smith 10-33, Bobby Douglass 3-10
CHICAGO - Walter Payton 18-97 1 TD, Roland Harper 25-80, Mike Phipps 4-(-3)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - David Whitehurst 20-7-96 1 INT, Bobby Douglass 5-1-30
CHICAGO - Mike Phipps 19-9-131 1 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - James Lofton 4-96, Aundra Thompson 2-17, Barty Smith 1-7, Terdell Middleton 1-6
CHICAGO - Walter Payton 3-13, Golden Richards 2-40, Brian Baschnagel 2-29, James Scott 1-35 1 TD, Roland Harper 1-14