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Bears retake lead on Matt Forte’s one-yard TD run

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The Bears and Packers are playing a thriller at Soldier Field.

Bears tailback Matt Forte’s one-yard TD run gave the Bears a 21-20 lead with about five minutes left in the third quarter.

Forte’s score came one play after Alshon Jeffery’s 67-yard catch set up Chicago at the Green Bay one-yard-line. For Jeffery, it was the latest in a series of big plays that have defined his second NFL season. Moreover, it helped make up for a second-quarter fumble that set up a Green Bay field goal.

Forte’s one-yard TD — his second score of the quarter — came after the Packers took a 20-14 lead on a seven-yard TD Randall Cobb TD catch. Cobb’s score ended a seven-play, 80-yard drive highlighted by a 41-yard run by James Starks on a 3rd-and-1 play.

Earlier in the third, Forte’s five-yard TD run had given the Bears a 14-13 edge.

All five plays on Chicago’s first scoring drive of the period were Forte rushes. Devin Hester’s 49-yard punt return to the Green Bay 30 gave the Bears excellent field position, and Forte took it from there.

The Packers’ lone first-half touchdown came after Jarrett Boykin picked up a fumble and advanced it into the endzone in the second quarter. On the play, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was hit by Bears defensive end Julius Peppers, and the ball came loose. The ball plummeted to the ground, where it stayed for a few seconds, as some players apparently thought it to be an incomplete pass.

However, it was a live ball, and Boykin smartly gathered it and scored on a 15-yard recovery. It was the key play in a first half that saw Green Bay lead 13-7 after two quarters.

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9 Responses to “Bears retake lead on Matt Forte’s one-yard TD run”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 29, 2013 6:42 PM

    I CAN’T BELIEVE HOW MANY CALLS ARE GOING THE BEARS WAY!

    THE FIX IS IN!

    Stop crying.  It’s football, not Viking fan barbie doll barney tea time.

  2. larryboodry says: Dec 29, 2013 6:44 PM

    Great game, even if the refs want a GB blowout.

  3. bowmanj35 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:48 PM

    its crazy, but as a packers fan they need to lose. the team has no defense and won’t win anything this year and a higher draft pick would help.. they need to fire capers at minimum and overhaul the defense. this isn’t 1985, maybe a free agent signing or 2 would help.

  4. Uncle Charlie says: Dec 29, 2013 6:48 PM

    Love seeing Bears and Packers going at in the final game of the season! Too bad both teams have key injuries though, otherwise this game would be true black and blue.

  5. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 29, 2013 6:49 PM

    DID YOU SEE BRANDON MARSHALL PUSH OFF?!?!?!

    I CAN’T BELIEVE HOW MUCH THE REFS WANT THE BEARS TO WIN!!!

  6. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 29, 2013 6:57 PM

    bowmanj35 says:
    Dec 29, 2013 6:48 PM
    its crazy, but as a packers fan they need to lose. the team has no defense and won’t win anything this year and a higher draft pick would help.. they need to fire capers at minimum and overhaul the defense. this isn’t 1985, maybe a free agent signing or 2 would help.

    I agree. They look awful, though not nearly as bad as the Vikings.

  7. jerrykill4pres says: Dec 29, 2013 7:24 PM

    This game is coming down to Rodgers arm, and Chicago’s defense. Years past I would have bet on Chicago. Not so much anymore. Their defense isn’t what It once was…

    The bad part is. Neither of these teams will go anywhere in the playoffs. Down year in the NFC north. Carolina, Seattle, and 9′rs are way to strong. I just think whichever team comes out of the north is a one and done.

  8. trapshoot says: Dec 29, 2013 8:03 PM

    Close, but no cigar!

  9. pshark5 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:26 PM

    The luckiest team won and will be a one and done. The refs did all they could to make sure the Packers won, but I am glad for the draft pick position.

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