DEVIN HESTER AFTER HIS 62 YARD PUNT RETURN FOR A TD IN THE 4th QTR
Now tell the truth! Did you really think the Bears would be 3-0 with wins included over Dallas and Green Bay? Me neither! But they ARE 3-0 after stunning the Packers 20-17 on Robbie Gould’s 19 yard field goal with :04 left that sent Soldier Field up for grabs.The Bears, wearing early 1940’s style throwback jerseys,won the toss and chose to receive. On a second down play,Jay Cutler hit Johnny Knox for 23 to the Bears 41.After Cutler was sacked,he hit Earl Bennett for 9 and a first down at the Green Bay 49. On a third down, Cutler’s pass for Devin Hester resulted in na pass interference on Charles Woodson and a first down at the 39.The drive halted at the GB 31 and Robbie Gould was wide right on his 49 yard field goal try giving the Packers the ball at their own 40 and they only needed six plays and 3:56 to get on the scoreboard as the Bears secondary looked like a sieve. Aaron Rogers completed passes to Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley which gave GB a first down at the Bears 19.After a false start, Rodgers hit James Jones at the 7 for a first and goal.The Jennings got wide open for a 7 yard TD grab with 4:26 left in the quarter.Danieal Manning returned the Mason Crosby kickoff to the Bears 44.After a hold on Roberto Garza, Cutler ran 10 and a face mask on Clay Matthews put the ball on the GB 42.Cutler than hit Greg Olsen at the 28.But Cutler’s next pass was badly overthrown and went right to Derrick Martin in the end zone,from where he returned it to his own 10.The Packers went three and out and Tim Masthay punted 58 yards to Hester,but a holding penalty on the Bears forced the ball back to the Bears 19. Cutler found Hester at the 35 for 16 yards as the first quarter ended.
After getting sacked,Cutler ran for 16 yards and a first down to his own 46.that drive was killed when Cutler was sacked for the third time,this by Cullen Jenkins at the 45 and Brad Maynard punted 48 yards, out of bounds at the Green Bay 7.Rogers got the Pack out of the hole by hitting Finley over the middle for 28 to the 36.On a third down,Rodgers avoided the Bears pass rush and hit John Kuhn for 7 and first down at the Bears 41.A third down pass to Driver for 10 made it first down at the 20.A holding penalty moved it back to the 30.Rodgers found Kuhn at the 20,and Crosby kicked a 38 yard field goal with 4:41 left in the half to make it 10-0.Crosby then kicked the ball out of bounds so the Bears took over at their own 40 but did nothing. Green Bay started at their own 18 after a Maynard punt and an illegal block in the back penalty.At the two minute warning,Green Bay was forced to punt.After a 28 yard Hester return,the Bears started at the Packers 44,and Cutler quickly hit Knox at the 13 for 31 yards.That set up a 9 yard TD` pass from Cutler to Olsen over the middle with :26 left.The Bears got to within 10-7 at halftime.
Green Bay started the second half with the ball at their own 20,and Rodgers hit Finley for 20 yards to the 43.Chris Harris was shaken up when he made the tackle,but he walked off on his own power.The Packers then used more than half of the third quarter(8:27) to drive to the Bears 19,but Crosby’s 37 yard field goal was blocked by Julius Peppers and the Bears took over at their own 28. Cutler hit Knox for 35 to the GB 33.Cutler then ran out of the pocket for 11 more to the 22.Next it was Cutler to Desmond Clark for 12 to the 10 and a first and goal.Cutler then hit Bennett at the 1/2 yard line,and on fourth down Lovie Smith went for it, and Cutler’s pass went off Clark and the Packers took over.The scoreless third quarter ended with Green Bay still leading 10-7.After Green Bay went three and out,Masthay punted from deep in his end zone to Hester who returned it 62 yards for his first TD on a kick return since late 2007.The Bears took their first lead of the night 14-10.Rodgers got the Packers moving again after they took over at their own 28.With nothing but passes he got his team to the Bears 25 for a first down.Finally,Kuhn ran for 18 to the Bears 7.After an incomplete pass,Henry Melton was called for an illegal contact to the head and GB got an automatic first and goal at the 3.Two plays later on third and goal,Rodgers ran out of the pocket and dove over the goal line to finish off a 72 yard,12 play drive and give Green Bay the lead back 17-14 with 6:52 remaining.Knox returned Crosby’s kickoff to the Bears 26.Two 15 yard penalties on the Packers helped the Bears drive to the GB 13. After an incomplete pass and a 2 yard loss by Matt Forte, Cutler hit Bennett who was downed at the 7,leaving a fourth down and Gould tied the game with a 25 yard field goal with 3:59 left. After the kickoff, the Packers took over at their 26.Rogers hit Jones who had the ball knocked away by Brian Urlacher and Tim Jennings recovered for the Bears at the GB 46.Mike McCarthy challenged the ruling,claiming that Jennings was out of bounds when he recovered the ball,but the ruling on the field was upheld with 2:18 left. On a second and 20, Cutler hit Olsen for 21 to the Packers 44 at the two minute warning.Knox on an end-around picked up two yards as GB used their second time out.A Cutler pass intended for Bennett was picked off,but Morgan Burnett was call for pass interference moving the ball to the 9.Forte ran to the 4. Next he got it to the 1 as the Pack burned their final time out. On third down, Forte was stuffed for no gain and the Bears ran the clock down to :08. Gould then kicked his game winner leaving :04 on the clock. After Gould kicked off(a squib)the Packers tried to re-inact the Stanford-Cal game from the 80’s by lateraling the ball may times,but once a forward pass was thrown, the game ended once a flag was dropped.
NOTES—Patrick Mannelly played in his 192 game as a Bear,setting a new team record that he shared with Steve McMichael…..Devin Aromashodu,Tommie Harris and Chris Williams were among the inactives for the Bears…..The 18 penalties the Packers picked up are a franchise record.