The Bears visited Green bay for their second clash of the year and almost pulled off an impressive win. The game would have had a ripple effect on the entire NFC playoff picture. The Packers jumped out on top early after a touchdown strike from Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams in the first. The Packers defense continued to hold strong through the third quarter as their team led 21-3 entering the fourth. However, in the NFL there is nothing scarier than a team playing for their life.
They scored 13 unanswered in the with a touchdown catch from Anthony Miller and two field goals and found themselves with the ball with under a minute left. The team found Cohen over the middle and began to lateral the ball around the field. After a few laterals, the ball fell on the one-yard line where it was recovered by Packers defensive back Tramon Williams, ending the game. Overall, The Packers escaped with what is looked at as an ugly win, but one that keeps them in a position to grab a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs.
The Offensive Line
Though the Packers won, there isn’t much good to take away from the game. The exception, however, the offensive line was a bright spot on offense against a dominant defensive line. Even with Akiem Hicks returning the Bears pass rush was only able to record one sack. Khalil Mack was unheard of throughout the game as David Bakhtiari and Brian Bulaga kept Mack in check and made the game a lot easier for their Quarterback.
On the Bright Side
The offense easily could have put up 35 points against a great Bears defense. However, as has been the case all year the Pack was unable to bury their opponent after taking a strong lead. However, the Packers were able to get Davante Adams back to being the dominant receiver he is. He recorded his fourth touchdown of the season and had 103 receiving yards. Moving forward, if the Packers can find a balance between their star receiver and their top tier running back, they can find themselves playing in February. Unlike their first match up the Packers were able to find Aaron Jones some success in the running game. Ultimately, Jones finds the end zone twice on Sunday. If Jones and Adams both can be dominant in the Matt LaFleur offense Green bay should put up massive numbers.
The Packers defense ended the game with three turnovers and essentially sealed the game. However, one specific interception can be called a game-winner. Defensive end Dean Lowry came up with an interception the fourth quarter which gave Green Bay the ball late in the fourth. Green Bay would have put the game away with a field goal if it wasn’t for a sack that takes them out of Mason Crosby’s range. Overall, the defense only allowed one touchdown making up for the late offensive woes.
The Packers entered the fourth having put up three touchdowns to the bears one field goal. However, even with this lead the Packers couldn’t put the Bears away with one more touchdown. On every one of their fourth-quarter drives, they found themselves unable to move the ball as they had done earlier in the game. Had the Packers even got a field goal the Bears wouldn’t even have a chance to tie the game up on the last drive. Additionally, maybe they could have had the poor fourth quarter if they had scored on the first drive of the game. They had a chance to go up 7-0 to start the game, but Marquez Valdes Scantling saw a touchdown go right through his hands to start the game. Those seven points could have been the difference through the game.
The Packers were able to put themselves at 11-3 heading into a Monday night match up with the Minnesota Vikings. A game that could decide the NFC North. A lot will be answered about this Packers team when they go up against one of the better teams in the conference. The Packers have a lot to play for because if they win out they could potentially make sure that the NFC goes through Lambeau. On top of all that they could secure the division Monday Night for the first time since 2016.
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