Green Bay Packers (1-0) 31, Chicago Bears (0-1) 23
Sunday September 13th 2015 (at Chicago)
GAME RECAP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(CHICAGO) - Aaron Rodgers and James Jones rediscovered their old connection, and it paid off in a winning way for the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers threw for three touchdowns, two to Jones, and the Packers beat Chicago 31-16 to spoil John Fox's debut as Bears coach Sunday afternoon. The Packers got all they could handle from the rebuilding Bears but took control down the stretch to beat them for the 10th time in 11 games, including the postseason. Rodgers improved to 13-3 lifetime against Chicago. The 2014 MVP completed 18 of 23 passes for 189 yards. Jones, who spent seven seasons in Green Bay before signing with Oakland last year, caught four passes for 51 yards. That included a one-handed grab on a 13-yard score late in the first quarter and a 1-yard TD in the third — a good start after being released by the Raiders in the spring and by the New York Giants on the final roster cut. With Jordy Nelson (knee) out for the season, the Packers were quick to bring back Jones. Randall Cobb, hampered late in the preseason by a sprained right shoulder, had 38 yards receiving. He caught a 5-yard touchdown that made it 24-16 early in the fourth quarter, and Clay Matthews sealed the win by intercepting Jay Cutler at the Green Bay 12. Eddie Lacy ran for 85 yards and a late touchdown for the four-time defending NFC North champions. The Bears, essentially starting over under Fox and new general manager Ryan Pace after a five-win season, kept this one close though Cutler had a rough afternoon. He was 18 of 36 for 225 yards, with that late interception by Matthews. He also threw a 24-yard touchdown to Martellus Bennett with 34 seconds left, but Green Bay recovered the onside kick. Matt Forte ran for 141 yards and a touchdown. Alshon Jeffery caught five passes for 78 yards after missing the preseason because of a left calf injury. Robbie Gould kicked three field goals to give him 246 to surpass Kevin Butler as Chicago's all-time leader. Green Bay, which outscored the Bears 93-31 over two games last season and beat them at Soldier Field for their 700th win, trailed 13-10 at the half. Rodgers finished a third-quarter drive with a 1-yard slant to Jones and Gould answered with a 44-yard field goal, cutting it to 17-16. Rodgers made it 24-16 early in the fourth when he hit Cobb with a 5-yard pass, capping a 16-play drive. But the Bears stalled at the 2 after Cutler's 50-yard pass to Marquess Wilson. Cutler overthrew Eddie Royal in the end zone on fourth down after Chicago opted not to try a field goal.
                         GREEN BAY     CHICAGO
First downs                     21          25
Rushes-yards                30-133      33-189
Net Passing yards              189         213
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     23-18-0     36-18-1
Sacked-Yards Lost              0-0        2-12
Punts-Average               2-48.5      1-56.0
Fumbles                        0-0         0-0
Penalties-Yards              10-74        6-64
Time of Possession           28:08       31:52
GREEN BAY -  7   3   7  14  - 31
CHICAGO   -  3  10   3   7  - 23
1st - CHI - Robbie Gould, 23-yard field goal CHICAGO 3-0
1st - GB - James Jones, 13-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 7-3
2nd - CHI - Matt Forte, 1-yard run (Gould kick) CHICAGO 10-7
2nd - GB - Crosby, 37-yard field goal TIED 10-10
2nd - CHI - Gould, 50-yard field goal CHICAGO 13-10
3rd - GB - Jones, 1-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 17-13
3rd - CHI - Gould, 44-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-16
4th - GB - Randall Cobb, 5-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 24-16
4th - GB - Eddie Lacy, 2-yard run (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 31-16
4th - CHI - Martellus Bennett, 24-yard pass from Jay Cutler (Gould kick) GREEN BAY 31-23
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Eddie Lacy 19-85 1 TD, Aaron Rodgers 8-35, Richard Rodgers 1-11, James Starks 2-2
CHICAGO - Matt Forte 24-141 1 TD, Jay Cutler 4-31, Jacquizz Rodgers 4-16, Jeremy Langford 1-1
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 23-18-189 3 TD
CHICAGO - Jay Cutler 36-18-225 1 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Randall Cobb 5-38 1 TD, Davante Adams 4-59, James Jones 4-51 2 TD, Richard Rodgers 3-27, Eddie Lacy 2-14
CHICAGO - Alshon Jeffery 5-78, Martellus Bennett 5-55 1 TD, Matt Forte 5-25, Marquess Wilson 2-59, Eddie Royal 1-8
Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones, center, celebrates a touchdown with tight end Richard Rodgers (82) and guard T.J. Lang (70) during the second half (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) 
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) looks to elude Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) after Matthews made an interception in the fourth quarter (Evan Siegle/P-G Media)
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
Sunday September 13th
SAN DIEGO 33, Detroit 28 - Philip Rivers rallied San Diego to 30 straight points, including throwing a go-ahead, 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ladarius Green early in the fourth quarter, and the Chargers stunned the Detroit Lions 33-28 in what could be their final home opener at Qualcomm Stadium. Rivers overcame two interceptions, including a 31-yard return for a touchdown by Glover Quin, to complete 35 of 42 passes for 404 yards and two scores. Green was subbing for Antonio Gates, who's suspended without pay for four games for testing positive for PEDs. Keenan Allen had 15 catches - tying the club record set by Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow in 1984 - for 166 yards. The Chargers trailed 21-3 after Matthew Stafford threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Eric Ebron midway through the second quarter. Rivers was picked off by Darius Slay in the end zone just before halftime to keep the score at 21-10. But the second half was all San Diego. Rivers also threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Stevie Johnson and Danny Woodhead's 1-yard TD run gave San Diego a 33-21 lead.
Monday September 14th
SAN FRANCISCO 20, Minnesota 3 - The San Francisco 49ers have a new featured running back with Frank Gore long gone. Carlos Hyde wanted to outplay the better-known No. 28 on the field, Adrian Peterson. He did that and more, and Jim Tomsula's San Francisco 49ers produced a victory in his debut as head coach minus the interim status he had for the final game of 2010. Hyde carried the offense with 168 yards on the ground and touchdown runs of 17 and 10 yards in his first career start, spinning away from a defender and diving into the end zone untouched on a rare nice play in a first half full of ugly ones to lead the Niners past the Minnesota Vikings 20-3 on Monday night. Peterson ran 10 times for 31 yards playing his first game in more than a year following paid leave and then a suspension last year in the fallout from a child-abuse case against him in Texas.
NFC NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
GREEN BAY    1   0   0  1.000    31   28
Minnesota    0   1   0   .000     3   20
Detroit      0   1   0   .000    28   33
Chicago      0   1   0   .000    23   31