GREEN BAY, Wis. – Follow along here all night as the Green Bay Packers (7-3) try to beat the Chicago Bears (5-5) for the 100th time in series history and take a three-game lead in the NFC North.
Packers 41, Bears 25
Packers 41, Bears 25 (3:01 remaining)
The Bears stayed alive with a touchdown pass to running back David Montgomery and two-point play. Green Bay recovered the onside kick. On a fourth-and-2, Matt LaFleur kept the offense on the field. Aaron Rodgers hit Robert Tonyan for the first down to essentially end the game.
Packers 41, Bears 17 (11:48 remaining.
Mitchell Trubisky threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Allen Robinson. Showing how stats can be irrelevant, Aaron Rodgers has 196 passing yards to 172 for Trubisky.
Packers 41, Bears 10 (1:12 remaining)
The rout continued on Jamaal Williams’ 13-yard touchdown run against the Bears, who have been defenseless without star defensive tackle Akiem Hicks. Williams broke two tackles on his way into the end zone. Aaron Rodgers converted a third-and-10 with a 24-yard pass to Equanimeous St. brown. Williams ran it on the next six plays, gaining 42 yards and the touchdown.
Packers 34, Bears 10 (6:30 remaining)
Aaron Rodgers made history with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Robert Tonyan. The completion pushed Rodgers over 50,000 yards for his career, making him the 11th quarterback in NFL history to reach the milestone. Rodgers entered the night with 49,835 yards; he is at 50,007 yards and counting. Hall of Famer John Elway is No. 10 all-time with 51,475 yards. Rodgers entered the game with 47 touchdowns vs. 10 interceptions against Chicago. He's added four touchdowns to that figure.
According to the Packers, Rodgers reached 50,000 yards on his 6,436th career passing attempt. Only Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger (6,361) got there faster.
Packers 27, Bears 10 (8:45 remaining)
Safety Darnell Savage struck again. On third-and-11, Mitchell Trubisky went deep and Savage made a backpedaling, leaping interception. Green Bay has seven takeaways in its last four games.
Packers 27, Bears 10 (12:29 remaining)
So much for momentum. Chicago’s opening drive ended with sacks by Kamal Martin and Preston Smith.
Injury update: As the second half, the Packers ruled out center Corey Linsley (knee).
Packers 27, Bears 10 (19 seconds remaining)
Mitchell Trubisky threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Allen Robinson to help the Bears salvage the first half. A pass-interference penalty on Christian Kirksey on third-and-goal from the 3 gave the Bears the first down that made the touchdown possible. Raven Greene missed two tackles on the drive.
Packers 27, Bears 3 (3:11 remaining)
The Smith Bros. struck what might be the decisive blow. On third-and-17, Za’Darius Smith sacked and stripped Mitchell Trubisky. Preston Smith scooped up the loose ball and scored on a 14-yard return.
Packers 20, Bears 3 (4:34 remaining)
The Packers are putting on an offensive clinic. The Bears entered the game ranked sixth with 20.9 points allowed per game. The Packers have 20 already. The third touchdown of the night was a 2-yard toss to Allen Lazard. With the play breaking down, Lazard worked a bit to the right and made a leaping catch. The Packers converted a fourth-and-2 with Rodgers working his progressions before finding tight end Robert Tonyan against linebacker Danny Trevathan for 14 yards to the 14. Rodgers is 15-of-18 passing for 128 yards and three touchdowns.
Packers 13, Bears 3 (12:24 remaining)
With the Bears driving, Mitchell Trubisky went deep to rookie receiver Darnell Mooney but safety Darnell Savage showed why he was last year’s first-round pick by ranging toward the sideline and intercepting the ball in the back of the end zone.
Packers 13, Bears 3 (14:55 remaining)
On the first play of the second quarter, Aaron Rodgers booted left and found tight end Marcedes Lewis all alone at the goal line for the touchdown. The 75-yard scoring drive included a 15-yard reception by Equanimeous St. Brown, a 15-yard gain for roughing the passer, a 10-yard scramble by Rodgers on third-and-4 and an 11-yard catch by Marcedes Lewis.
Injury update: As the first quarter ended, center Corey Linsley was driven to the locker room. He suffered a knee injury on the Rodgers scramble and is questionable to return. As was the case last week, when he exited with a back injury, rookie Jon Runyan entered at left guard and Elgton Jenkins stepped in at center.
Packers 6, Bears 3 (5:14 remaining)
Green Bay’s defense made a big stand to escape with only a field goal. On the second play, David Montgomery blew through the heart of the defense for a gain of 57. Defensive tackle Kenny Clark was blown out of the hall and it was clear sailing before being dragged down at the 8. But the defense made three key plays. On first down, Kingsley Keke and Christian Kirksey dropped Montgomery for minus-1. On second down, Kirksey broke up a pass near the goal line to tight end Cole Kmet. On third-and-goal from the 9, safety Raven Greene and cornerback Kevin King ripped the ball away from star receiver Allen Robinson in the back of the end zone to force an incompletion. Cairo Santos made a 27-yard field goal.
Packers 6, Bears 0 (7:22 remaining)
On third-and-10 from the 12, Aaron Rodgers had all day vs. Chicago’s three-man rush. Rodgers and Davante Adams made the Bears pay. Rodgers stepped up in the pocket, then stepped back, before firing a laser for the touchdown. It was Adams’ 500th career reception. Aaron Jones carried five times for 33 yards, Allen Lazard dove between two defenders to convert a third-and-7 and Jamaal Williams converted a third-and-1 behind center Corey Linsley. The extra point was wide right.
The Green Bay Packers will be at mostly full strength for Sunday night’s game against the Chicago Bears.
Center Corey Linsley (back), cornerback Kevin King (Achilles) and receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Achilles), all of whom were listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report, are active.
The big news is who’s out for Chicago. The Bears’ inactives list includes defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (hamstring), who is one of the best in the business. An every-down standout, he’s got 3.5 sacks and a team-high 14 quarterback hits. Left tackle Charles Leno (toe) and slot corner Buster Skrine (ankle) are active.
With a roster that’s short of the 53-man limit, Green Bay listed only four players as inactives. One of them is running back/returner Tyler Ervin (ribs). The others are cornerback Josh Jackson (concussion), rookie quarterback Jordan Love and rookie outside linebacker Jonathan Garvin.
It’s Trubisky Time
Chicago is coming off its bye, potentially giving it some extra time to find answers following a four-game losing streak. Part of that quest will be turning back to Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback. Trubisky started the first three games but was yanked during the Week 3 game at Atlanta. Nick Foles rallied the Bears to victory behind three touchdown passes in the final 6:20. With Foles injured and the Bears flailing, it’s back to Trubisky. In his last appearance at Lambeau Field, on Dec. 15 of last season, he threw for 334 yards but lost 21-13.
“It’s not like he’s a rookie,” defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said. “You just compare the styles that it changes for us, meaning that we have to be much more conscious of the scramble. When they’ve had their success, I think that was a big part of it. He was able to make plays with his arm but, when it wasn’t there, he could take off and make people miss. That’s something we have to be aware of. Fortunately, we had the sense early in the week that this was the way that it was going to go, so what we’ve done this week has been geared that way.”
The Bears have lost four in a row because of a horrendous offense. But their defense is going to be a major challenge. Green Bay has played three teams with teams ranked in the top 10 in scoring defense. It lost to Indianapolis and Tampa Bay but beat New Orleans.
However, it’s a quarterback-driven league, as everyone knows. Aaron Rodgers vs. a rusty Mitchell Trubisky? That sounds like victory No. 100 for the Packers in series history.
Prediction: Packers 27, Bears 20. (Record: 8-2.)
Sunday will mark the second time this season the Packers will be facing a division rival coming off its bye. Minnesota had a Week 7 bye before upsetting Green Bay at Lambeau Field in Week 8. Last week, Indianapolis was coming off a Thursday game so had three extra days of rest before rallying past the Packers.
The Packers had their bye before getting crushed at Tampa Bay.
Rodgers enters Sunday with 49,835 passing yards. That leaves him 165 yards short of 50,000 for his career. When he gets there, he will be the 11th quarterback to reach the milestone. Hall of Famer John Elway is No. 10 all-time with 51,475 yards. Rodgers trails Elway by 1,640 yards. He’d have to average 273.3 yards per game to get there this season.
His favorite target, Davante Adams, enters the game with 499 career receptions. He passed the legendary Don Hutson for fifth place on the team’s career list against Jacksonville two weeks ago. Up next: Hall of Famer James Lofton with 530.