Photos: Packer 28, Bears 19
CHICAGO — Aaron Rodgers thought the Green Bay Packers were in a good position and would find a way to eke out the win. Given his history against the Chicago Bears, it wasn’t exactly a huge leap of faith.
Rodgers led three scoring drives in the fourth quarter, receiver Christian Watson took an end from around 46 yards for a touchdown in the closing minutes after Jaire Alexander intercepted Justin Fields, and Green Bay rallied to lead Chicago 28-19 on Sunday to beat.
The Packers (5-8) looked like they were headed for another loss after losing seven of eight. They trailed 13 in the second quarter and were previously 19-10 down three before beating Chicago 18-0 in the fourth quarter en route to their eighth straight win over their rival. The Bears (3-10) lost their sixth straight game.
“There were probably a lot of people who felt good about 19-10,” Rodgers said. “I did that too.”
AJ Dillon ran for a 21-yard touchdown in the first minute of the fourth. Mason Crosby kicked a 32-yard field goal to give Green Bay a 20-19 lead with just under five minutes to go after Chicago’s Cairo Santos blocked a 40-yard attempt.
The Bears drove to the Packers 43 before Alexander stepped in front of a pass meant for Equanimeous St. Brown. Three plays later, Watson sprinted untouched into the end zone and jumped over the goal line with his arms outstretched. The Packers went 2 and Rodgers completed a pass to Mercedes Lewis making it 28-19 with 1:51 remaining.
Fields was then intercepted at Green Bay 5 by Keisean Nixon.
The Bears were frustrated and vowed to do better after once again failing to convert late in a game. Chicago has six one-score losses, and this was almost the seventh.
“You have to find ways to finish games,” said coach Matt Eberflus. “We’re looking forward to the next four games to put ourselves in a position to do that. We were right there to do it and we will do it in the future.”
Rodgers didn’t exactly dominate the Bears. But he showed he still owns her when he called out to the crowd at Soldier Field last year.
Rodgers, who left last week’s loss to Philadelphia with a rib injury and has been struggling with a broken right thumb since early October, improved to 25-5 against Chicago, including the playoffs. The four-time MVP completed 18 of 31 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown.
“He always gives you confidence that we can go out there and execute whatever the game is,” said coach Matt LaFleur. “I thought our O-Line was doing a great job and then his ability to lengthen plays, just having the attitude to persevere and allowing these guys to get off schedule and work gives me a lot of confidence.”
Watson had 48 yards in reception and one touchdown reception — the rookie’s seventh in the last four games — to accompany that huge run. Dillon rushed for 93 yards and the Packers edged Chicago for the NFL lead in regular-season wins with 787.
“It’s crazy and it’s great to be a part of it. Most wins in football at this level, it’s really an honor to be a part of the Packers and a part of that winning tradition,” said Dillon.
Fields, who missed last Sunday’s game with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder, rushed for a 56-yard touchdown in the second quarter and finished the game with 71 yards on six attempts. That gave him six straight games rushing for at least 50 yards and a TD, the longest such streak by a Bear since Gale Sayers had six straight in 1969.
Fields also threw a 56-yard pass to St. Brown, which set up a 7-yard TD run from David Montgomery that made it 16-3 in the second quarter. Fields was 20 of 25 for 254 yards but threw two interceptions.
St. Brown caught three passes for 85 yards and Cole Kmet added 72 yards to receive.
The Bears led 19-10 with 1:50 in the third after Santos fired a 28-yard field goal. The Packers drew on a 21-yard run from Dillon within two in the first minute of the fourth to end a four-play 82-yard drive aided by a pass interference penalty on Jaylon Jones.
Then the Packers blocked Santos’ kick to stay within two.
Crosby nailed a 32-yarder to give the Packers a 4:49 lead after Rodgers failed to push a 14-yard pass to Robert Tonyan in the end zone.
Packers: Rodgers said his thumb is “almost no longer a problem,” and his ribs likely will be for Green Bay’s next game in two weeks. … RB Aaron Jones (shin) was injured in the first half but made a comeback.
Bears: TE Trevon Wesco (leg) was injured while blocking a run from Montgomery on the game’s opening run. … FB Khari Blasingame missed the game due to illness.
Packers: Goodbye, then host the Los Angeles Rams on Monday, December 19.
Bears: Goodbye, then host Philadelphia on December 18th.