GAME RECAP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(CHICAGO) - Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels felt like he was in paradise at Soldier Field. The temperature was falling, and a cold drizzle pelted his skin. The field conditions were ugly to say the least. "These are the type of games you live for," said Daniels, who finished with a sack and two tackles for losses. "The weather was excellent. It was overcast sky, it was raining, the grass was torn up. It was ground and pound, and that's essentially what football comes down to. It was definitely fun to play in this type of game." Daniels' mood was lifted even further by the Packers' 23-16 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon. Green Bay (5-4) snapped a three-game losing streak and earned its first victory since quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone. The Packers have won 14 of their past 16 games against Chicago. Packers quarterback Brett Hundley threw for 212 yards and one touchdown to earn his first win under center. Hundley posted a 110.8 passer rating and did not commit a turnover. "It feels amazing," said Hundley, who tweaked his hamstring but stayed in the game. "It's truly a blessing, especially in a rivalry game. I just thanked the team. Not only the offensive line, receivers (and) running backs, but the defense played their butts off, too. I was able to do what I do because of them." Packers linebacker Nick Perry led the effort on defense with a career-high three sacks to go with six tackles. The Packers stuffed the Bears on 10 of 14 third-down conversion attempts. Chicago (3-6) lost its second consecutive game and fell to 2-3 at home. "We're definitely disappointed as a team," Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara said. "But we're not discouraged, by no means. A lot of the stuff was self-inflicted on ourselves. That's been the theme this year." Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky played the best game of his brief career. He completed 21 of 35 passes for 297 yards and one touchdown to finish with a 97.0 passer rating. Perry prevented Trubisky from doing more. He notched two sacks in the first half and one in the second half. "He's so powerful," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said of Perry. "He's so heavy handed, and he's able to set all those rushes up with the bull rush. Nick had a big day today." The Packers built a 10-6 halftime lead behind a 37-yard rushing touchdown by running back Ty Montgomery. Green Bay increased its lead to 16-6 on back-to-back field goals by Mason Crosby. He made a 24-yard field goal on the opening possession of the third quarter, and he drilled a 50-yard field-goal early in the fourth quarter. The Bears pulled within 16-13 with 10:39 to go in the fourth quarter. Trubisky lofted a pass down the left sideline for wide receiver Josh Bellamy, who caught the ball in stride for a 46-yard touchdown reception. Hundley found wide receiver Davante Adams for a 19-yard touchdown pass with 5:29 remaining to make it 23-13. Bears kicker Connor Barth made a 49-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 23-16 with 3:19 to go. An odd sequence spoiled a scoring opportunity for Chicago in the second quarter. The Bears would have had first-and-goal from the 1-yard line, but head coach John Fox challenged a ruling that running back Benny Cunningham went out of bounds before reaching the pylon. The challenge backfired as officials ruled that Cunningham fumbled the ball before it hit the pylon, which resulted in a turnover and a touchback. "Honestly, I thought I was in, until I looked up at the review," Cunningham said. "Just competing, trying to make a play for my team. It was unfortunate, probably a bad decision now looking back on it." Daniels said he hoped the nature of the win would silence critics of the Packers' defense. "To continuously hear how much we're not showing up -- we stepped up today," Daniels said. "That was a tough offensive front that we did it against."
NOTES: Packers RBs Aaron Jones (knee) and Ty Montgomery (ribs) both left the game because of injuries and did not return. Head coach Mike McCarthy did not elaborate on their injuries after the game. ... Bears RB Jordan Howard became the fastest player in franchise history to compile 2,000 career rushing yards. ... Packers QB Brett Hundley became the first signal-caller other than Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers to start against the Bears since 1991. ... Bears LB Danny Trevathan (calf) did not play. ... Packers RT Justin McCray started for RT Bryan Bulaga, who tore his ACL last week. ... Bears WR Dontrelle Inman made his team debut and caught six passes for 88 yards. Chicago acquired Inman from the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 26.
GREEN BAY CHICAGO
First downs 18 14
Rushes-yards 37-160 17-55
Net Passing yards 182 268
Passing (Att-Comp-Int) 25-18-0 35-21-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 3-30 5-29
Punts-Average 4-40.0 5-48.2
Fumbles 0 1
Penalties-Yards 5-35 8-78
Time of Possession 33:53 26:07
GREEN BAY - 3 7 3 10 - 23
CHICAGO - 3 3 0 10 - 16
1st - GB - Mason Crosby, 40-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
1st - CHI - Connor Barth, 45-yard field goal TIED 3-3
2nd - GB - Ty Montgomery, 37-yard run (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 10-3
2nd - CHI - Barth, 44-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-6
3rd - GB - Crosby, 24-yard field goal GREEN BAY 13-6
4th - GB - Crosby, 50-yard field goal GREEN BAY 16-6
4th - CHI - Josh Bellamy, 46-yard pass from Mitch Trebisky (Barth kick) GREEN BAY 16-13
4th - GB - Davante Adams, 19-yard pass from Brett Hundley (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 23-13
4th - CHI - Barth, 49-yard field goal GREEN BAY 23-16
GREEN BAY - Jamaal Williams 20-67, Ty Montgomery 6-54 1 TD, Brett Hundley 2-16, Aaron Jones 3-12, Randall Cobb 4-8, Aaron Ripkowski 2-3
CHICAGO - Jordan Howard 15-54, Tarik Cohen 1-1
GREEN BAY - Brett Hundley 25-18-212 1 TD
CHICAGO - Mitch Trebisky 35-21-297 1 TD
GREEN BAY - Davante Adams 5-90 1 TD, Randall Cobb 3-52, Jordy Nelson 3-20, Ty Montgomery 2-14, Aaron Ripkowski 1-12, Lance Kendricks 1-9, Richard Rodgers 1-8, Jamaal Williams 1-7, Aaron Jones 1-0
CHICAGO - Dontrelle Inman 6-88, Kendall Wright 5-46, Benny Cunningham 3-32, Josh Bellamy 2-57 1 TD, Adam Shaheen 2-39, Daniel Brown 2-23, Tarik Cohen 1-10
Green Bay's three-game losing streak ends
CHICAGO – The Packers snapped their three-game losing streak on Sunday, as quarterback Brett Hundley came up big in the fourth quarter to produce a 23-16 victory over the Bears at Soldier Field. Hundley did most of his damage late in the game, finishing 18-of-25 for 212 yards and a touchdown for a 110.8 rating. Rookie RB Jamaal Williams, taking over after injuries to Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery, had 20 carries for 67 yards. Montgomery added six carries for 54 yards, including a 37-yard TD, before exiting with a rib injury. Jones left earlier with a knee injury. WR Davante Adams led Green Bay’s receivers with five catches for 90 yards and a score. The Packers improved to 5-4 on the season, while the Bears dropped to 3-6. For the Bears, rookie QB Mitch Trubisky finished 21-of-35 for 297 yards with a TD for a 97.0 rating. RB Jordan Howard was held to just 54 yards on 15 carries. WR Dontrelle Inman led Chicago with six catches for 88 yards. Here's a recap of all the action.
First quarter: The Packers and Bears traded early field goals and headed to the second quarter tied at 3. The Packers won the toss and deferred. The Bears picked up one first down on the opening drive on a slant pass to WR Kendall Wright, but the Packers tackled RB Jordan Howard for losses on his first three carries, and Green Bay forced a punt for the first time since the second quarter of the Saints game. WR Trevor Davis erred on the punt return, though, catching the punt at the goal line and returning it only to the 8-yard line, rather than taking a touchback. The Packers got going on the initial third down, as QB Brett Hundley hit WR Randall Cobb on a slant and Cobb broke a tackle to take the ball 38 yards in all, across midfield. Hundley then hit RB Ty Montgomery for 7 yards on the next third down, but the drive stalled at the Chicago 22, and K Mason Crosby made a 40-yard field goal to open the scoring. Following the scoring drive, it was announced RB Aaron Jones has a knee injury and is questionable to return. The Bears came right back with a 31-yard pass to TE Adam Shaheen to get just across midfield. After two false starts, Howard ran for 14 and then 2 yards, making it third-and-4. QB Mitch Trubisky hit RB Tarik Cohen for 10 yards to move the chains, but two plays later, a holding call pushed Chicago back. The Bears ended up settling for a 45-yard field goal by K Connor Barth to tie the score at 3. The Packers failed to convert on third-and-1 to start their next drive, as Montgomery was stuffed at the line, and Green Bay punted on the final play of the quarter.
Second quarter: Ty Mongtomery broke off a long touchdown run and Green Bay benefited from a fortunate turnover as the Packers took a 10-6 lead into halftime. The Bears went three-and-out to start the second quarter, as Packers DT Mike Daniels got a second-down sack for a 6-yard loss. A strong punt return by Davis was wiped out by an illegal block by LB Joe Thomas, forcing the Packers to start on their own 21. Green Bay quickly took the lead, as Bears CB Prince Amukamara was called for pass interference against WR Jordy Nelson deep downfield, for a 29-yard infraction. Two plays later, Hundley hit Nelson for 14 yards, and then Montgomery burst through a hole for a 37-yard touchdown run. Crosby’s PAT put the Packers up, 10-3, with 11:41 left in the half. Howard got the Bears moving again with a 25-yard run on second down, just across midfield. On the ensuing third-and-9, Trubisky found WR Dontrelle Inman for 26 yards to the Green Bay 22. A tackle for loss on Howard set up third-and-13, but the Bears converted on a screen pass to RB Bennie Cunningham, who dove for the pylon. The Bears thought they had a touchdown, so they challenged the play, but it was ruled that Cunningham was losing control of the ball as it hit the pylon, resulting in a fumble and a touchback for the Packers. The Packers picked up one first down, but Hundley was sacked for a 10-yard loss by blitzing CB Cre’Von LeBlanc, leading to a punt. Green Bay returned the favor with a pair of sacks by LB Nick Perry, sandwiched around a tackle for loss on Howard, for a three-and-out. Bears LB Nick Kwiatkowski sacked Hundley on the Packers’ next third down, right after the two-minute warning, and Green Bay punted. The Bears took over on their own 35 with 1:37 left in the half. With the help of an offside penalty on LB Ahmad Brooks, the Bears had third-and-1 and converted with a 7-yard pass to TE Daniel Brown. Chicago called its second timeout of the half with 51 seconds left and the ball on the Green Bay 49. Then on third-and-1, Trubisky hit Inman for 10 yards on a slant to the 30. After a false start pushed the Bears back to the 35, Inman gained 9 on another slant and the Bears called their final timeout with 1 second left. Barth was good from 44 yards out to pull the Bears within 10-6.
Third quarter: The Packers added a field goal in the third quarter and took a 13-6 lead over the Bears into the fourth. The Packers got great field position to start the second half. A personal foul on the Bears on the final play of the first half forced Chicago to kick off from its own 20, and Davis returned it to the Chicago 46. On third-and-6, Hundley hit Cobb for 7 yards along the sideline to move the chains. With Montgomery out for the rest of the game with a rib injury, rookie RB Jamaal Williams took over in the backfield and ran twice for 9 yards before a play-action pass to FB Aaron Ripkowski for 12 yards converted on third-and-1. On the next third-and-1, however, Hundley had to throw it away, bringing on Crosby. He was good from 24 yards out, putting the Packers ahead, 13-6, with 10:16 left in the third. Green Bay’s defense responded with a three-and-out, as CB Davon House came on a third-down blitz to get Trubisky. Davis’ 12-yard punt return put the Packers on their own 43. Hundley hit TE Lance Kendricks for 9 yards to convert on third-and-5, but Hundley was sacked by LB Leonard Floyd on the next third down, forcing a punt. Perry began Chicago’s next drive with his third sack of the game, and the Bears punted from inside their own 20. The Packers took over on their own 42. Williams ran three times for 7 yards, and then burst through for 4 when the Packers went for it on fourth-and-inches. A pass to Williams gained 8 yards on the final play of the quarter.
Fourth quarter: Green Bay’s drive stalled out at the Chicago 32, and Crosby drilled a 50-yard field goal to put the Packers ahead 16-6 with 13:09 left. The Bears got a first down on a defensive holding call on DT Kenny Clark, and then Trubisky hit Inman for 14 yards to get across midfield. On the next snap, he fired deep to Bellamy, who got behind House for a 46-yard touchdown, and the Bears were within 16-13 with 10:39 left. Hundley hit Adams for 18 yards on the first snap of the next drive, and Williams followed with two runs for 12 and another first down. After an 8-yard pass to TE Richard Rodgers, Hundley scrambled for 17 yards on third-and-2 to the Chicago 20. Two plays later, Hundley scrambled right and found Adams with a back-shoulder throw right at the front pylon for a 19-yard touchdown. Crosby’s PAT deflected up the left upright and through, putting the Packers back up by 10, 23-13 with 5:29 left. Trubisky found Inman on back-to-back passes for a total of 29 yards to get the Bears quickly out to midfield. A 16-yard pass to Brown put the ball on the Green Bay 35, but on third-and-10, a pass to Wright gained only 4 to the 31. Barth was good from 49 yards out, and the Bears were back within one score at 23-16 with 3:19 to go. Williams ran twice for 10 yards and a first down, and then he ran for 3 and the Bears used their first timeout with 2:18 left. A 2-yard run by Ripkowski was followed by Chicago’s second timeout with 2:12 left, setting up third-and-5, but a delay of game made it third-and-10. Hundley then fired deep to Adams, who hauled it in one-handed along the right sideline over CB Kyle Fuller for 42 yards. After three more runs, with the Bears using their last timeout, Crosby missed wide right from 35 yards out, as the snap was bobbled by holder Justin Vogel. The Bears took over on their own 25 with 1:03 to go, out of timeouts. An 11-yard pass to Wright moved the chains and stopped the clock. Brooks tipped a pass that might have been picked off by CB Damarious Randall had it gone through, and then Inman had a downfield throw bounce off Inman’s hands over the middle. On fourth-and-10, the Packers made the tackle on a short pass to clinch the win.