The Bears have made good on their promise to play all out in their regular season finale against the Packers.
Their defense has blanked Aaron Rodgers through two quarters and gotten just enough offense to lead the game 3-0 at halftime. Matt Forte piled up 95 total yards, including a 27-yard catch from Jay Cutler to set up Robbie Gould’s 30-yard field goal. The Packers made two trips into Bears territory, but one ended with a punt and the other died when Donald Driver fumbled on the Bears’ 35 in the first quarter.
As everyone is surely aware by this point, the Packers need to win this game to make the playoffs. With how little the Pack has been able to do offensively, that might mean the fate of the final NFC Wild Card team is entirely up to Lovie Smith. He’s vowed to play his starters all the way, but the Bears lost two defensive players to injury in the first half. Safety Major Wright and linebacker Nick Roach are both out, with Roach’s injury forcing the team to play Pisa Tinoisamoa more than they’d like to as he makes his way back from knee surgery.
What’s more, Cutler took a few big shots from the Packers in the first half and there may come a point where Smith decides to stop risking any more injuries to his team with so much on the line for them in two weeks.