Game Recap: Packers Slide Past Bears 21-13, Improve to 11-3

The Green Bay Packers (11-3, 4-0 NFC North) completed their season sweep against the Chicago Bears (7-7, 3-2 NFC North) holding on for a 21-13 win at Lambeau Field Sunday afternoon. Another win for Green Bay that was nothing close to pretty, but again, this team found a way to add another tally in the win column.  

If the Dallas Cowboys can beat the Los Angeles Rams later this afternoon, Green Bay will officially clinch a spot in the playoffs as well. If this were the case, head coach Matt LaFleur would become the first Packers' rookie head coach to make it to the post season.

“We knew it was going to be a physical game. I mean the Bears, that’s a tough football team, but just really happy with how resilient our guys are,” LaFleur said at his post-game press conference. “ It wasn’t always pretty, there were moments of some really good football, I think in all three phases, I think a little too inconsistent, but it was still enough to get the job done and that’s the goal, to go 1-0 each week.”

The Packers won the toss and elected to defer, so it was their defense who was first to get on the field Sunday. Green Bay was able to hold Chicago to no points on their first offensive drive, but the Packers’ offense could not configurate a response. On the first play of the Packers first offensive drive, Rodgers went deep to MVS for what should have easily been a 75-yard touchdown, but Valdes-Scantling let it slip right through his hands. Then, another receiver struggled to keep their hands on the ball as Geronimo Allision dropped what should have been another first down for Green Bay, forcing them to punt.  All season the Packers have been strong on their first offensive drives, but Sunday was almost the opposite and really set the tone for a good portion of the rest of the game.

On the Bears’ next drive, defensive tackle Kenny Clark and cornerback Jaire Alexander made two huge plays for the Packers. Clark was able to blow past the entire offensive line and get to Bears’ quarterback Mitchell Trubisky for the sack and Alexander was able to read a wide receiver screen perfectly to break up a pass and force the Bears to punt.

On the next drive, the Packers finally started to find something, but it looked like they still were not going to be able to get points on the board, that is however until 17 lined up in the slot. Wide receiver Davante Adams did not even flinch, torching his defender on 4th and 4 for a 29-yard touchdown to put Green Bay up 7-0.

The rest of the half was just back and forth exchanges for the two NFC North rivals, until the Bears were able to get on the board with a field goal to make it 7-3 with about 1:48 left in the half. Chicago even got once more chance with just seconds left in the half, but Alexander was there to pick it off and close out the half for Green Bay.

The Packers opening drive in the second half was absolutely glorious though.  Green Bay went 73 yards in just five plays in only 2:16 seconds for a touchdown. It started with a 34-yard pickup from Adams, then quarterback Aaron Rodgers had his longest run of the year off a 17-yard rush attempt, and then running back Aaron Jones said, “I’ll take that!” and took one to the house for 21-yards to put the Packers up 14-3.

The Packers’ D would then force a turnover on downs and quickly put the ball back in Aaron Rodgers’ hands. 12 took advantage, this time going 66-yards down the field for an eventual Packers touchdown. Wide receiver Jake Kumerow was the catalyst in making things happen on that drive, making a man MISS on his 49-yard pickup. Jones finished the job again on that drive, making it 21-3 Green Bay with a lotta ball game left.

The Bears would kick another field goal at the start of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 21-6 and from there, things got interesting to say the least.

The Bears put together a hell of a drive that took nearly six minutes off the clock that ended with a 2-yard touchdown catch from wide receiver Anthony Miller to make it 21-13. Meanwhile, the Packers could not find any kind of rhythm, punting on all their remaining drives.

Chicago had a chance to make it reallyyyyy interesting at the end with 1 second left on the clock, but they came just short of pulling off a lateral miracle.

With just a Cowboys win away from the playoffs, stellar performances from Kenny Clark and Jaire Alexander and another NFC North win, there was plenty to takeaway from Sunday’s matchup.

 

What we learned: A win is a win and the Packers keep on wining

Yes, it was another ugly win, but guys, it was a win. The Packers are 11-3 and 4-0 in their division. Let’s take a deep breath for a second and appreciate that. Sunday was another week that there were some red flags when it came to the Packers, but it was another week they showed they can still win games when they need to, regardless of what mistakes they make.

I will take 11 ugly wins every year if that means the Packers are playoff bound and still playing meaningful football in the month of December.

 

What went right: We swept Da Bears

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avRHH9uAL4Q

Need I say more?

 

What went wrong: Rodgers’ decision making

I am always hesitant to pick on Aaron Rodgers, but some of his decision making surely was questionable Sunday.

It seemed like one too many times 12 was holding onto the ball just a little bit too long. Late in the fourth quarter, with the Bears gaining momentum, Rodgers decided to hold onto the ball and run with it for way too long and lost the ball deep into Chicago territory. The call was originally a fumble, but luckily Rodgers elbow had just come down before the ball came loose.

Decisions like that could be costly in the next couple of weeks when the Packers need key wins the most and is certainly something all of us want to see corrected.

 

Offensive Standouts: Aaron Jones and Davante Adams

Another week another stellar performance by both WR1 an RB1. Aaron Jones makes this football team better and that is no secret to anyone anymore.

Jones led the team in rushing with 13 carries for 51 yards and two touchdowns (ESPN stats).

Adams on the other hand, has been locked in the last couple of weeks. One 7 showed up again, leading the team again this week with 7 receptions for 103 yards and touchdown (ESPN stats).

 

Defensive Standouts: Kenny Clark and Jaire Alexander

On the defensive side of things, the Bears had no answers for Kenny Clark Sunday. Clark was all over the field and his stats prove so as well. He had 8 tackles on the day, 6 of which were solo, 2 sacks, 3 tackles for a loss, and one quarterback hit (ESPN stats). This kid is just so, so special and I love watching him play.

Jaire had another solid week and proved once again that he can one day be among the elite corners in the NFL. He also had 8 tackles on the day, 8 of which were solo, 1 tackle for a loss, 2 pass deflections and an interception (ESPN stats).

 

Up next, another NFC North rivalry game, this time on Monday Night Football. The Green Bay Packers pay a visit to the Minnesota Vikings, next Monday Dec. 23rd. Kickoff is set for 8:15 PM EST.

 

 

Sarah Kelliher is a contributor for CheeseheadTV. She can be found via Twitter @sarahkelliher4

 

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murf7777's picture

December 15, 2019 at 04:45 pm

Don’t care about the stats other then win the turnover battle and win the game. 11-3 has a nice ring to it. Go Back Go!

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Turophile's picture

December 15, 2019 at 05:41 pm

" Go Back Go! " ???

Go forward go............

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Don_livingstone@hotmail.com's picture

December 15, 2019 at 05:41 pm

Yes a W!!!!!!
Go Pack Go!!!
No Complaint s.
Watching since the Ice Bowl...
Peace..
On to Minnesota..wit a W..
Peace out..
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Lphill's picture

December 15, 2019 at 04:49 pm

Packers set the record today for almost interceptions!

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HankScorpio's picture

December 15, 2019 at 04:56 pm

No doubt. Trubisky threw 2 pick but it could have easily been 5 or 6.

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edp1959's picture

December 15, 2019 at 04:57 pm

Aron Jones needs to learn how to block. Dalvin Cook out with shoulder injury.

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Spock's picture

December 16, 2019 at 09:18 am

In fairness to Jones it was David vs. Goliath size-wise and there was no way Jones was going to hold back a bull rush by guys who looked twice his size. Williams should have been protecting on those pass plays.

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bjkdad44's picture

December 15, 2019 at 05:07 pm

Packers five possessions after going up 21-3: 18 plays, 9 yards, 5 punts.

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PackfanNY's picture

December 15, 2019 at 05:12 pm

The beef for some is that they played very conservatively on most of the drives you are referring to. Clearly trying to eat clock. I don’t agree with it necessarily but it did work.

The numbers you didn’t mention is 21-13. So really all that matters.

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aljohn_w@yahoo.com's picture

December 15, 2019 at 08:44 pm

Yeah that was Mike McCarthy football right there ! Play not to lose .

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December 15, 2019 at 06:09 pm

Pathetic.

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Lare's picture

December 15, 2019 at 05:13 pm

Great win considering the fact that the Packers OL lost the battle of the LOS.

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Bure9620's picture

December 15, 2019 at 05:22 pm

Not sure I agree with that. Mostly won in pass pro, in the run game that Bears sold out to stop Joned in the 4th Q. This was poor play by Rodgers

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AgrippaLII's picture

December 15, 2019 at 11:44 pm

Hey let's not get carried away...those drops by his receivers changed the course of the game. There's a whole lot of blame to be spread around as to why the offense is so inconsistent.

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deerskinlake's picture

December 15, 2019 at 06:13 pm

The Packers just have no continuity on offense. Either Rogers is making bad throwing decisions or just doesn't see the field, or the playcalling is stale and predictable or the offensive line seems to give up.

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December 15, 2019 at 05:17 pm

Going to bet heavy on the Vikings next wee.

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porupack's picture

December 15, 2019 at 05:25 pm

Another game that one has to talk self into feeling good about. Yeah, I feel good about the game, I mean...the win. Some good performances and bright spots....and a little luck. The pass defense just hasn't gotten better all year. The pass game really hasn't either. Just can't sustain their attacks for the majority of the game.

MVS experiment seems about over. Jimmy Graham seems well done too.

At least GB avoided a lot of stupid penalties and mistakes.

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Lphill's picture

December 15, 2019 at 05:31 pm

That early deep miss to Scantling would have been a catch and TD if it was Lazard , hopefully next time it will be.

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Gort's picture

December 15, 2019 at 06:27 pm

Or maybe "Hands" Lowry!

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December 15, 2019 at 07:41 pm

In MVS defense, he was probably startled that Rodgers hit him in stride. He is used to having to slow up or stop and come back for the ball on the deep throw this hear. First one I recall that while open deep he has been hit in stride. MVS and Rodgers are now kinda even - Rodgers had his under thrown balls and now MVS drops one. Maybe next time it will work out on both sides.

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December 15, 2019 at 05:59 pm

The Packers WR's didn't do Rodgers many favors today. Started with MVS whiffing on that long pass the first play of the game, then very catchable balls that were dropped by Allison and Adams that should have been first downs. So, yes, Rodgers needs to shape up, and the WR's need to make catches when the ball is within their range.

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HankScorpio's picture

December 15, 2019 at 06:23 pm

At 34-15 Cowboys over Rams, can we say the dagger is delivered in that one? If so, that makes it official. The Packers are back in the playoffs after 2 years on the outside of them.

Win 1 of the next 2 road games and they get a game at home. If they win both, they get a week off.

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December 15, 2019 at 06:29 pm

Watched the Vikes destroy the Chargers. I hope next week will not be total domination by the Vikings. They are rolling on offense. Their D dominates with physicality and superior tackling, both of which GB does not possess. Here's to having to eat my words after Monday night game in Minni.

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pooch's picture

December 15, 2019 at 06:44 pm

9ers lose If Packers win out and 9ers lose to either Rams or Seattle Packers would be #1 seed ?

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December 15, 2019 at 08:58 pm

If NO beats Colts at home tomorrow night, there are 4 NFC teams at 11-3. The order of preference for tie-break is: Seattle, SF, GB and NO. So both Seattle AND SF need to pick up a loss or tie while the Packers win out.

But I don't think the Packers will beat Minny. If I had to bet on the Pack's first playoff game it would be hosting SF on WC weekend in the #3 v #6 game.

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stockholder's picture

December 15, 2019 at 06:44 pm

Truthfully this team has given us Nothing to Bitch about. So instead of dreaming about how to be better. The reality is their record speaks for itself. I think were all thankful for their efforts and commitment. So I'm just going to say thank you. AND THE BEARS STILL SUCK!

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GVPacker's picture

December 15, 2019 at 06:54 pm

Many of us (At times myself) don't realize that the score at the end of the game is what really counts!

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Philarod's picture

December 15, 2019 at 07:32 pm

Is that a new rule? I haven't kept up with the Rules Committee.

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December 15, 2019 at 06:49 pm

Well said Stockholder!

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December 15, 2019 at 07:08 pm

My good bad and ugly. The good: won the game and the defense keeping them out of the endzone.

Bad: Two dropped balls on the first series. Then Adams drops two balls in the second half. And the last five offensive series. What five three and outs??

Ugly: Rodgers: Underthrowing Graham in the first half. That was at worst 3 points off the board. And finally, Rodgers taking a sack after the Lowery interception, thus losing out on the chance of a field goal and putting the game away. Rodgers has to play better than that.

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December 15, 2019 at 07:32 pm

Ugly, you calling yourself a Packer fan.

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December 15, 2019 at 07:47 pm

What I can’t understand is why many of you focus on the negative vs the positives of what went right. #1 we won the game and held them to 13 points. #2 we created 3 turnovers. #3 we beat a team that is in our division and was on a hot streak..lastly, we swept Da Bears....oh it feels so good.

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pacman's picture

December 15, 2019 at 11:39 pm

The reason many of us are unhappy with 11-3 is that we always said that if we get a reasonable D for AR, get a coach that could be more creative, we could get back to the SB.

Well we got a reasonable D. But it looks like it is too late as our elite QB is no longer playing elite ball and doesn't seem to want to do what it takes to win. And MLF doesn't seem to be able to change that.

So we are unhappy that we don't have that hope anymore that we could win any Sunday because we have AR. And we are unhappy about yet another possible embarrassing loss to Vikings next week on Monday night. (Or with Cook out now, an embarrassing loss in the playoffs). Winning is great. Losing while playing a good game is ok too. Getting embarrassed is not ok.

Someone posted earlier today that we must be the worst 11-3 team ever. Seems like this board is roughly evenly divided between those happy with the current state of affairs and those that are not.

(adding - I just watched AR's presser where he called the first question condescending. He is way too smug. He just keeps dropping in stature. Not happy at all with him at the moment.)

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Pauly's picture

December 15, 2019 at 10:14 pm

Love the win!!
What bothers me is that the crossing routs with Cobb and slants with Jordy we used to see so much of with success we don't see much of anymore. 1 slant by 17 for 35 yrds and the rest are mostly isolated go routs, beat your man type like last few years that don't produce much other than 3 and outs.

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December 16, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Guess what else you don't see?

Could it be Jordy and Cobb?
Or are you suggesting MVS and GMO are just as good?

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December 16, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Amazing how Adams is always a hero and never responsible. Yet he had two really bad drops.
According to Rodgers Adams went the wrong way and caused a sack. Caused a sack because Rodgers did not just throw the ball to where Adams was supposed to be (BUT WAS NOT) and instead went to change the throw and in the interval (the time between when the ball should have been thrown and the time it took to reset) Rodgers was sacked.

I wonder if that was 'all gas' 'no brakes'?

To the amazement of nobody the anti Rodgers 'why examine facts' fans have found it was Rodgers holding the ball. And since it did not work it is not 'all gas' it is just dumb.

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