Green Bay Packers (2-2) 38, Chicago Bears (2-2) 17
Sunday September 28th 2014 (at Chicago)
GAME RECAP (SportsNetwork.com)
(CHICAGO) - Aaron Rodgers threw for 302 yards with four touchdowns to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 38-17 rout of the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Randall Cobb had 113 yards on seven receptions with two touchdowns and Jordy Nelson hauled in 10 passes for 108 yards and two scores. "It's different every week," Nelson said. "There is nothing guaranteed each week. It's the difference between executing one week and not the week before. We know what we can do. We have to go out and execute." Eddie Lacy finished with 48 yards on the ground with a rushing touchdown for the Packers (2-2), who avoided their first 0-3 start on the road since dropping their first four in 2005. Jay Cutler passed for 256 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for Chicago (2-2), which has lost eight of its last nine meetings with Green Bay. Martellus Bennett had a monster game in defeat, catching nine passes for 134 yards. Matt Forte ran for a season-high 122 yards on 23 carries, while Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery each caught touchdown passes. For just the second time in NFL history, neither team punted during the game. The first half was a high-scoring affair from both offenses, however Green Bay took over and held the Bears scoreless in the second. Chicago was meticulous on its opening possession, driving 80 yards for a touchdown in 8 1/2 minutes. On the 15th play of the march, Cutler hit Marshall for a 6-yard touchdown. Green Bay was much more swift on its opening touch, needing only six plays to reach the end zone and tie the game. Richard Rodgers made catches of 9 and 43 yards to move the ball to the Bears 29. Lacy capped the series with a 2-yard run. Chicago's next set of downs, a 13-play, 75-yard drive, resulted in Robbie Gould's 23-yard field goal. "We had a few opportunities to put some points on the board," Forte said. "One time we got three instead of seven. In games like this, three points is good, scoring is good, but we could have easily got a touchdown." Nelson hauled in passes of 23 and 15 yards on the Packers' next possession before the Bears committed a unfortunate penalty a few plays later. On 3rd- and-2 from the Chicago 30, Lance Briggs made a nice stop of Lacy for no gain. D.J. Williams was flagged for unnecessary roughness, however, and Green Bay's offense remained on the field. Three plays later, Rodgers hooked up with Nelson for a 3-yard score to give the visitors a 14-10 lead. The Bears continued to move the ball, as Cutler capped a 10-play, 80-yard jaunt with an 8-yard TD toss to Jeffrey and the see-saw battle continued. Green Bay quickly moved back into Chicago territory late in the second and Rodgers zipped a 22-yard touchdown pass to Cobb on the far sideline to give the Packers a 21-17 lead. The Bears were then inches from scoring as time expired in the first half. Cutler hit Bennett for 27 yards to the Green Bay 9 with 14 seconds to play. After an incompletion to Marshall, Cutler again found Bennett. The tight end made the catch at the 1, stretched the ball out to score, but was immediately hit by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and kept out of the end zone. Time expired in the half, however, officials reviewed the play. The goal line camera showed the ball was blocked by Micah Hyde and the play was upheld. Mason Crosby drilled a 53-yard field goal on the Packers' first possession of the second half. Cutler was then picked off by Clay Matthews deep in Green Bay territory. Matthews returned it 40 yards to the Bears 35 and Rodgers found Nelson for an 11-yard TD less than two minutes later to make it a 31-17 game. Sam Shields intercepted Cutler on Chicago's next touch and another defensive penalty proved to be costly for the Bears. The Packers drove inside the Bears 10 after the turnover and Crosby came on to hit a 23-yard field goal, but a defensive holding on the play prolonged the drive. Cobb made it worthwhile, catching a 3-yard TD to give the visitors their 21-point cushion early in the fourth.
Game Notes: A game between the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers on September 13, 1992 also was without a punt...This was the 189th all-time meeting between the two teams. Chicago leads the all-time series 93-90-6...Green Bay has won 17- of-21 in Chicago...The Packers were held under 80 yards rushing for the fourth straight game. They reached triple digits in all but four games last year...Chicago Bears defensive end Jared Allen was inactive due to an illness. Allen, who did not practice all week, had his streak of 113 consecutive starts halted and is sidelined for the first time since 2007.
                         GREEN BAY     CHICAGO
First downs                     21          33
Rushes-yards                 18-56      41-235
Passing yards                  302         265
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     28-22-0     35-23-2
Punts-Average                0-0.0       0-0.0
Fumbles-Lost                   0-0         3-0
Penalties-Yards               9-70        6-46
Time of Possession           23:38       36:22
GREEN BAY -   7  14  10   7  - 38
CHICAGO   -   7  10   0   0  - 17
1st - CHI - Brandon Marshall, 6-yard pass from Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould kick) CHICAGO 7-0
1st - GB - Eddie Lacy, 2-yard run (Mason Crosby kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - CHI - Gould, 23-yard field goal CHICAGO 10-7
2nd - GB - Jordy Nelson, 3-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 14-10
2nd - CHI - Alshon Jeffery, 8-yard pass from Cutler (Gould kick) CHICAGO 17-14
2nd - GB - Randall Cobb, 22-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 21-17
3rd - GB - Crosby, 53-yard field goal GREEN BAY 24-17
3rd - GB - Nelson, 11-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 31-17
4th - GB - Cobb, 3-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 38-17
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Eddie Lacy 17-48 1 TD, Aaron Rodgers 1-8
CHICAGO - Matt Forte 23-122, Ka'Deem Carey 14-72, Jay Cutler 3-29, Alshon Jeffery 1-12
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 28-22-302 4 TD
CHICAGO - Jay Cutler 34-22-246 2 TD 2 INT, Jimmy Clausen 1-1-9
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Jordy Nelson 10-108 2 TD, Randall Cobb 7-113 2 TD, Richard Rodgers 2-52, Davante Adams 2-18, Eddie Lacy 1-11
CHICAGO - Martellus Bennett 9-134, Matt Forte 5-49, Alshon Jeffery 4-39 1 TD, Josh Morgan 3-24, Brandon Marshall 2-19 1 TD
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
Sunday September 28th
Detroit 24, NEW YORK JETS 17 - Matthew Stafford had two touchdown passes and ran for another score, as the Detroit Lions took a 24-17 win over the New York Jets on Sunday. Stafford went 24-for-34 for 293 yards and had touchdown passes to Jeremy Ross and Eric Ebron for the Lions (3-1), who have won their past two games. Star Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson was hobbled by an ankle injury throughout the game and was never a factor, catching just two passes for 12 yards. Geno Smith was 17-for-33 for 209 yards with one touchdown, one interception and one lost fumble for the Jets (1-3), who have lost three straight games -- all to NFC North opponents.
MINNESOTA 41, Atlanta 28 - Teddy Bridgewater out-gunned Matt Ryan in his first NFL start, passing for 317 yards to lead the Minnesota Vikings to a 41-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Bridgewater, who ran for a touchdown but didn't pass for any, injured his ankle late in the fourth quarter on a drive that ended with the Vikings taking a gamble on fourth down at the 1-yard line. It worked, with Matt Asiata's touchdown giving the Vikings the lead for good with 10:50 remaining. Asiata scored three times and Jerick McKinnon rushed for 135 yards as the Vikings (2-2) won for the first time in three games since star running back ​Adrian Peterson was indicted on child-abuse charges and deactivated. Ryan threw for 298 yards, three 
touchdowns and two interceptions for Atlanta (2-2), which played 10 days after its last game, a 56-14 rout of Tampa Bay on Thursday night. The Vikings, already without Peterson for who knows how long, lost quarterback Matt Cassel to a foot injury he suffered last week against New Orleans and now will wait for MRI results on Bridgewater's ankle.
NFC NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
Detroit      3   1   0   .750    85   62
Chicago      2   2   0   .500    92  100
Minnesota    2   2   0   .500    89   84
GREEN BAY    2   2   0   .500    92   96
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews intercepts a Jay Cutler pass against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field September 28, 2014. Jim Matthews/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) tries to elude Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) after making an interception in the third quarter during Sunday's game at Soldier Field in Chicago. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers defensive end Datone Jones (95) reacts after sacking Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in the fourth quarter during Sunday's game at Soldier Field in Chicago. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette