Chicago Bears (5-6) 17, Green Bay Packers (7-4) 13
Thursday November 26th 2015 (at Green Bay)
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
Thursday November 26th
DETROIT 45, Philadelphia 14 - Matthew Stafford tied a career high with five touchdown passes, three of them to Calvin Johnson, lifting the Detroit Lions to a 45-14 rout of the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday. The Lions (4-7) have won three straight this season and three in a row in their annual Thanksgiving game. The Eagles (4-7) are on a three-game losing streak. They have allowed at least 45 points in two straight games in one season for the first time in team history, according to STATS. Stafford threw for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover by halftime, helping the Lions lead 24-7. He finished 27 of 38 for 337 yards and threw five TDs for the fourth time in his career. Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez started in place of Sam Bradford, who was inactive with a shoulder injury. Sanchez completed 19 of 27 passes for 199 yards and two TDs.
Sunday November 29th
Minnesota 20, ATLANTA 10 - Adrian Peterson ran for 158 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Matt Ryan threw two more interceptions, and the Minnesota Vikings beat the slumping Atlanta Falcons 20-10 on Sunday. Bouncing back from a 30-13 loss to Green Bay, Minnesota (8-3) jumped ahead on Peterson's 1-yard run in the opening quarter, and clinched it when he got loose on a 35-yard scamper down the sideline with 4:15 remaining in the game. Atlanta (6-5) has lost five of its past six, including four straight, and is in danger of becoming one of the few teams in NFL history to start 5-0 and miss the playoffs. Ryan was already facing plenty of scrutiny after throwing three interceptions the previous week against Indianapolis. He was picked off two more times by the Vikings, the second a crucial turnover in the end zone after an apparent go-ahead touchdown was wiped out by a penalty.
GAME RECAP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(GREEN BAY) - The Green Bay Packers honored Brett Favre on Thursday, but Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears' defense ruined the celebration. Cutler, who was 1-11 against the Packers as Chicago's quarterback, led the Bears to a big upset of first-place Green Bay, 17-13 at rainy Lambeau Field. At halftime, the Packers unveiled Favre's name beneath the north end-zone scoreboard alongside the other five players whose numbers were retired. Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, who has battled severe health issues, also appeared to a thunderous ovation. However, for the first time in 13 games against the Packers as the Bears' quarterback, Cutler did not throw an interception. "It's huge," Cutler said. "It's been a fun week for me. The Sunday game, and having a baby on Monday and turning around and playing on Thursday, I think that everyone is looking forward to going home and spending some time with family." Chicago's defense had two takeaways, and they were both huge. The first set up a first-half touchdown. The second came with 3:19 remaining in the game. With the Packers trailing 17-13 and having reached midfield, Rodgers fired a slant to Davante Adams. The wide receiver, however, was knocked off his route by safety Chris Prosinski, and cornerback Tracy Porter grabbed the interception. "It was a slant route and I threw it on time, and (Adams) ran into the safety that was coming down to get (tight end) Richard (Rodgers)," Aaron Rodgers said. "So it was a gift interception there for Porter." Green Bay (7-4) got one more chance, taking over at its 20-yard line with 2:45 remaining. Running back James Starks gained 18 yards on a screen and ran for 7 more to get the ball to the Green Bay 49 at the two-minute warning. Rodgers then hit Randall Cobb on a crossing route, with the wide receiver breaking cornerback Bryce Callahan's tackle and taking it 32 yards to the 19. On third-and-7, Rodgers connected with Adams for 8 yards, setting up first-and-goal at the 8. Two throwaways made it third-and-goal with 36 seconds to play. As he was being hauled down, Rodgers threw into the corner of the end zone to receiver James Jones, but Porter knocked the ball away. That set up the all-or-nothing fourth down. Rodgers bought time by moving to his left and fired to Adams against tight coverage from Callahan. The ball hit off Adams' hand and fell incomplete. "I think we had great communication and everyone was just focused on their job," Prosinski said. "(Defensive coordinator) Vic (Fangio) put us in great positions. For me, he is a genius. A lot of credit goes to him." Cutler was 19-for-31 for 200 yards and one touchdown for Chicago (5-6), which won for the third time in four games. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery caught seven passes for 90 yards. Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy had 105 rushing yards, his second consecutive 100-yard game. Rodgers finished 22-for-43 for 202 yards with one touchdown pass and one interception, unable to prevent the Packers from losing back-to-back home games against division rivals. "This is a disappointing loss," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "It's vs. an archrival. It's a game we expect to win, but we didn't play well enough to win. The preparation on the field, I was very pleased with it, but we're not getting it done in the classroom." The Packers had a huge scare during the third quarter when Rodgers injured his left wrist. On third-and-long with the Packers in scoring position, Rodgers had to retrieve a bad shotgun snap from backup center J.C. Tretter. As Rodgers got the ball and tried to survey the field, he was hit from behind by Bears linebacker Lamarr Houston. Rodgers got up holding his left wrist, and backup quarterback Scott Tolzien immediately started warming up on the sideline. The play knocked the Packers out of field-goal range, and Chicago took advantage with a long scoring drive that resulted in kicker Robbie Gould's 21-yard field goal for a 17-13 lead with 12:15 remaining. "I'm waiting to get (feeling) back in a couple fingers, but it's OK in the first three," Rodgers said after the game. The first half was all about field position, and the Bears led 14-13 at halftime. Taking over at its 49-yard line midway through the first quarter, Green Bay struck first when Lacy went untouched for a 25-yard touchdown on a screen pass from Rodgers. The score didn't come without controversy, however, as Lacy flipped the ball in celebration at the goal line. After a booth review, the call of a touchdown was upheld. The Bears had three-and-out punts on four of their first five possessions but took over at the Packers' 34-yard line in middle of the second quarter when Prosinski stripped Lacy from behind, with Houston recovering. Chicago capitalized, with Cutler dodging a sack and firing a 10-yard pass to wide receiver Marc Mariani to convert a third-and-4. Mariani delivered again on third-and-3, catching a low pass and fighting for the first down. Finally, on third-and-goal from the 3, Cutler fought off linebacker Jayrone Elliott's sack attempt and hit tight end Zach Miller, who was wide open on a crossing route. Green Bay's Jeff Janis returned the ensuing kickoff 64 yards, but an offense pass-interference penalty killed the drive and the Packers had to settle for kicker Mason Crosby's 22-yard field goal. That gave Green Bay a 10-7 lead. Deonte Thompson set up the Bears at the 41 with a big return of his own. Chicago turned its field position into a touchdown, with running back Jeremy Langford's 14-yard run and completions of 11 yards to receiver Alshon Jeffery and 19 yards to receiver Marquess Wilson setting up Langford's 1-yard touchdown run with 30 seconds left in the half. The Packers answered with Crosby's 50-yard field goal on the final play of the half. A 23-yard catch-and-run by Cobb was the key play.
NOTES: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers' first-quarter touchdown pass was the 250th of his career. He did it in his 121st game, fastest in NFL history. Dan Marino held the mark with 250 touchdown passes in 128 games...Chicago went three-and-out on its first three possessions and had one first down in the opening quarter...Packers RB Eddie Lacy had a big start with a 29-yard run and 25-yard touchdown reception but was held down in the second quarter following his fourth fumble in five games...The Bears were without three starters -- WR Eddie Royal (knee), TE Martellus Bennett (ribs) and S Antrel Rolle (knee).
                           CHICAGO     GREEN BAY
First downs                     17            23
Rushes-yards                31-101        28-177
Net Passing yards              189           188
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     31-19-0       43-22-1
Sacked-Yards Lost             1-11          2-14
Punts-Average               8-40.4        5-35.6
Fumbles                        1-0           3-1
Penalties-Yards              12-95          3-38
Time of Possession           31:12         28:48
CHICAGO   -  0  14   0   3  - 17
GREEN BAY -  7   6   0   0  - 13
1st - GB - Eddie Lacy, 25-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - CHI - Zach Miller, 3-yard pass from Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Crosby, 22-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-7
2nd - CHI - Jeremy Langford, 1-yard run (Gould kick) CHICAGO 14-10
2nd - GB - Crosby, 50-yard field goal CHICAGO 14-13
4th - CHI - Gould, 21-yard field goal CHICAGO 17-13
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Eddie Lacy 17-105, James Starks 7-39, Aaron Rodgers 4-33
CHCIAGO - Jeremy Langford 12-48 1 TD, Matt Forte 15-44, Jay Cutler 4-9
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 43-22-202 1 TD 1 INT
CHICAGO - Jay Cutler 31-19-200 1 TD
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Randall Cobb 6-74, James Starks 4-41, Eddie Lacy 4-34 1 TD, Richard Rodgers 4-30, Davante Adams 2-14, Justin Perillo 2-9
CHICAGO - Alshon Jeffery 7-90, Marquess Wilson 4-44, Marc Mariani 3-35, Zach Miller 2-10 1 TD, Matt Forte 1-9, Khari Lee 1-7, Jeremy Langford 1-5
Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) scores a touchdown in the first quarter against Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field. (Dan Powers/P-G Media)
NFC NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
Minnesota    8   3   0   .727   231  194
GREEN BAY    7   4   0   .636   262  225
Chicago      5   6   0   .455   231  264
Detroit      4   7   0   .364   230  288