Chicago Bears (1-0) 6, Green Bay Packers (0-1) 3
Sunday September 2nd 1979 (at Chicago)
(CHICAGO) - Walter Payton ran for 125 yards on 36 carries and Bob Thomas kicked two field goals as the Bears won on opening day. For Payton, it was the 26th time in his career he had passed the century mark in rushing in a game. Bears QB Mike Phipps completed 15 of 25 passes for 177 yards. The Chicago defense limited Green Bay to 149 yards on offense and recorded six sacks. Virgil Livers made the key defensive play when he blocked Chester Marcol's tying field goal attempt in the third quarter. Green Bay's top draft pick, RB Eddie Lee Ivery, was lost for the season after three carries (for 24 yards) when he suffered a knee injury.
GREEN BAY -  0  0  3  0 -  3
CHICAGO   -  0  6  0  0 -  6
                       GREEN BAY       CHICAGO
First downs                    9            17
Rush-yards-TDs           21-77-0      51-183-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 10-24-114-0-0 15-25-117-0-1
Sacked-yards                6-42           0-0
Net pass yards                72           117
Total yards                  149           300
Fumbles-lost                 1-1           1-1
Turnovers                      1             2
Penalties-yards             7-51          7-54
SCORING
2nd - CHI - Bob Thomas, 25-yard field goal CHICAGO 3-0
2nd - CHI - Thomas, 19-yard field goal CHICAGO 6-0
3rd - GB - Marcol, 28-yard field goal CHICAGO 6-3
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Eddie Lee Ivery 3-24, Terdell Middleton 7-24, Barty Smith 7-14, David Whitehurst 1-8, Nate Simpson 1-5, Steve Atkins 2-2
CHICAGO - Walter Payton 36-125, Mike Phipps 4-22, Dave Williams 5-15, Robin Earl 3-11, John Skibinski 3-10
PASSING
GREEN BAY - David Whitehurst 24-10-114
CHICAGO - Mike Phipps 25-15-117 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Barty Smith 5-42, Paul Coffman 2-26, Aundra Thompson 1-34, Walter Tullis 1-8, James Lofton 1-4
CHICAGO - Walter Payton 4-49, Dave Williams 3-22, James Scott 2-18, Brian Baschnagel 2-12, Greg Latta 1-11, Mike Cobb 1-5, John Skibinski 1-4, Robin Earl 1-(-4)