Aaron Rodgers fourth-and-goal pass for Davante Adams fell incomplete in the end zone as the Chicago Bears held on for a 17-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.
Both offenses struggled to move the ball consistently in the soggy conditions, but the Bears did just enough to keep their playoff hopes alive while dealing a blow to their division rivals.
Trailing 17-13, Rodgers tried to force a slant into Davante Adams that was picked off by Tracy Porter with 3:20 left to play.
The Packers forced a three-and-out to get the ball back with 2:40 remaining and give Rodgers one more chance. Rodgers hit Randall Cobb to beat the blitz for 32 yards to move inside the Bears red zone. Another completion to Adams gave the Packers first-and-goal from the 8 but four straight incompletions sealed the victory for Chicago.
Jay Cutler passed for 200 yards and a touchdown with Alshon Jeffery leading the way with seven catches for 90 yards for Chicago. Jeremy Langford also scored on a 1-yard touchdown run.
Rodgers completed just 22 of 43 passes on the night for 202 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Rodgers averaged a meager 4.7 yards per attempt and the Packers were just 3-of-11 on third down on the night.
Trailing 7-0, Chris Prosinski forced a fumble from Eddie Lacy to give Chicago the ball at the Packers 36-yard line. Nine plays later, Jay Cutler found tight end Zach Miller open for a 3-yard touchdown to even the game 7-7 with six minutes left in the second quarter.
Jeff Janis’ 64-yard kickoff return quickly put the Packers back in Chicago territory with a chance to re-take the lead. Green Bay moved to the Chicago 1-yard line on a 4-yard pass from Rodgers to Cobb, but an offensive pass interference call on James Jones backed the Packers up and led to a 22-yard Mason Crosby field goal to give Green Bay a 10-7 lead.
The Bears took over with 1:58 remaining and Cutler marched the Bears for the go-ahead score. Deonte Thompson’s 37-yard kickoff return give Chicago good field position to start the drive. The Bears didn’t face a single third down on the possession in moving quickly downfield. Marquess Wilson nearly scored a 20-yard touchdown but was ruled down at the 1-yard line upon review. It didn’t take long for the Bears to punch it in with Langford scoring on the next play.
A 13-yard completion from Rodgers to Richard Rodgers and a 23-yard completion to Cobb moved Green Bay into field goal position. Crosby hit a 50-yard field goal as time expired to close the gap before the half.