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Wounded Green Bay Packers keep it close against Chicago Bears, 17-10

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers left the game in the second quarter with what was described as a collarbone injury.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers left the game in the second quarter with what was described as a collarbone injury.

Despite missing one of their top two wide receivers, their talented tight end, their most explosive linebacker — and now their starting quarterback — the Green Bay Packers managed to go to the locker room down by only a score to the Chicago Bears.

A season that has been plagued by injuries to key players got a bit grimmer when starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers left the game with what was described as a collarbone injury. No word yet on the severity of the injury, but if the clavicle turns out to be fractured, Rodgers could easily be out another six weeks.

Running backs Eddie Lacy and James Starks made a valiant effort to carry the team on their shoulders in Rodgers’ absence. Starks even managed to break free for a 32-yard touchdown run.

Overall, though, the offense was largely ineffective with backup quarterback Seneca Wallace at the helm. Lacking the confidence to look more than five yards downfield, Wallace completed five of eight attempts for 43 yards and threw a disastrous interception on a slant route intended for wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

Meanwhile, the Bears offense, lead by backup quarterback Josh McCown, was quietly efficient. McCown completed 14 of 22 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown; he also rushed once for 20 yards.

After being stymied early, running back Matt Forte was effective, rushing 11 times for 42 yards and a touchdown.

Standouts

Eddie Lacy rushed 11 times for 58 yards, averaging an impressive 5.3 yards per attempt. James Starks chipped in three rushes for 32 yards and the touchdown.

Slipups

After a superb sideline catch by tight end Andrew Quarless was ruled incomplete on the field, head coach Mike McCarthy had plenty of time to review the play and challenge the call. Looking like a nervous wreck on the sidelines, he waited until the last possible moment before electing to send the out the punting unit.

Had the ruling been overturned, the offense would have extended the drive and possibly had a chance to score late in the second quarter. Settling for a punt gave the ball back to the Bears and sent the message that McCarthy lacks confidence when the pressure mounts.

The secondary looked simply dreadful at key moments of the game. Matt Forte was able to gash huge holes in the middle of the defense for major gains.

What’s next

The Chicago Bears get the ball to start the second half. The Green Bay Packers defense needs to muster a quick stop and the offense must mount a lengthy drive if they wish to remain competitive in the game. If they aren’t able to get off the field on third down, this defense will be exhausted by the middle of the third quarter.

The final two periods will be a true test of the Packers’ mettle.

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natesweet
natesweet moderator

Rourke, I have not seen anyone post a car on BoxCar2D that gets 251.3 on Sisyphus.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

I cant get on the site on my comp

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The Bears' 442 yards today was the most they've ever had in a win at Lambeau Field.

Chocolate Honey O's
Chocolate Honey O's

After watching that Jeffery ghost action at least once every game it was nice to see Trestman get some usage out of the fake with that nice toss to forte.

niemerg1
niemerg1

jesus, major wright played like shit

DanOnWis23
DanOnWis23

he moves his left arm even right after the injury - I can't see how this is some devestating injury.

Buhlitz
Buhlitz

bush will be invigorating the lions sideline next week

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

Forte knocking the helmet off Hawk sure did invigorate the sideline tonight. 

natesweet
natesweet moderator

@Evil Donkey So. You got a win in FF. Rodgers being AWOL really hurt me. But I am not bummed at all.

niemerg1
niemerg1

@tmonson78 @niemerg1 not as bad as wright...he went into the wrong gap on both the lacy 30 yard run and the starks TD run

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

 Yeah, that's one of the holds I saw.  It was pretty blatant.

It was on the replay that they showed from behind McCown.