Packers take lead after Lacy TD, surprise onside kick recovery

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With Aaron Rodgers out, the Packers running game (yes, you read that correctly) is carrying the Green Bay offensive attack.

Trailing 17-10, Eddie Lacy broke free for a 56-yard gain down to the Chicago 1-yard line on the Packers first offensive snap of the third quarter. Lacy finished the deal on the next play to score the Packers’ second rushing touchdown of the night to tie the game. Lacy has been the star for the Packers with 135 yards on 13 carries on the night so far. James Starks also has six carries for 40 yards and a touchdown.

The Packers then pulled out a surprise onside kick to re-gain possession of the ball. Mason Crosby’s kick was lifted high into the air where Micah Hyde jarred the ball free from Blake Costanzo. Jamari Lattimore made his second major special teams contribution of the night for the Packers is recovering the loose ball. He also blocked a punt for the Packers in the first half.

Green Bay got lucky to be able to take the lead as a pass from Seneca Wallace went right through the hands of Bears’ linebacker James Anderson and into the waiting arms of James Jones deep in Bears’ territory. The Packers moved to the Bears 5-yard line but the drive stalled after two Wallace incompletions as Green Bay settled or a 23-yard field goal from Crosby to give them a 20-17 lead.

Packers guard T.J. Lang is also out for the remainder of the game with a concussion.