Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers: Live Score, Analysis for NFL Week 2
The Green Bay Packers avoided a 0-2 start to the season, and on the other hand, the Chicago Bears lost their opportunity to start 2-0.
A win by the Packers on Thursday evening, 23-10, has evened both team's records at 1-1.
Since the two-minute warning, all the Packers had to do was kneel on the ball to run out the clock.
2:00 in the 4th quarter
There's not much that can be said about Clay Matthews' performance this evening that's not obvious to anyone viewing the game. He's dominating.
With 3.5 sacks so far, he now has six for the season.
You might recall back in 2010, Matthews also had six sacks through the first two games of the season. The Packers won the Super Bowl that year, for what it's worth.
4:02 in the 4th quarter
Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji is being tended to late in the fourth quarter by trainers.
Raji rolled his ankle in the Packers' final preseason game, so his health will come as a concern to the Packers.
The Packers do have a long time to rest before their next game, which comes next Monday night at Seattle.
4:19 in the 4th quarter
Wide receiver Jordy Nelson makes a smart, veteran play by taking a late fourth-quarter pass and makes sure he stays in bounds to help run out the clock.
The Bears are running out of timeouts, and there's little they can do to stop the Packers any more.
6:49 in the 4th quarter
Could it be a case of too little, too late for the Chicago Bears following a touchdown from Cutler to Davis?
The Bears have made it a two-score game, but the Packers will be looking to just run the clock out.
7:33 in the 4th quarter
In just another example of how well the Packers defense has played today, ESPN credits Green Bay with having nine quarterback hits.
Jay Cutler has taken some vicious hits so far this game, and as I write this Clay Matthews gets another sack. Make that 10 hits.
9:07 in the 4th quarter
After playing only three snaps in the Packers' opening day game against the 49ers, Donald Driver is playing a bigger role against the Bears because of the injury to Greg Jennings.
Driver has made the most of the opportunity by getting a touchdown from Aaron Rodgers and showing off his "Dancing with the Stars" moves in the end zone.
11:17 in the 4th quarter
The Packers were No. 2 in the NFL in turnover margin last season, but didn't get a single one in their opening day loss to the 49ers.
They've changed that against the Bears by forcing three turnovers, the most recent by Tramon Williams on an interception of Jay Cutler intended for Brandon Marshall.
11:38 in the 4th quarter
As Brad Nessler has pointed out on the broadcast, the Packers have only converted one of four attempts on third-and-1.
The Packers have only converted only three of 11 third down attempts total. At this point, that's a silver lining for the Bears defense.
0:50 in the 3rd quarter
Charles Tillman has given the Bears hope.
By forcing a fumble of tight end Jermichael Finley, Tillman has prevented the Packers from scoring.
The Bears are backed up in their own territory, but it's better than having the Packers score.
1:02 in the 3rd quarter
The Packers are officially out of their no-huddle offense.
With a two-score lead, they want to start milking the clock. Cedric Benson should get a fair amount of carries the rest of the game.
3:05 in the 3rd quarter
Any little momentum the Bears may have been building has just been stopped cold by Charles Woodson with an interception of Jay Cutler.
Not only was Cutler intercepted, he got leveled by linebacker Erik Walden as he released the ball.
Running back Matt Forte has also been taken to the locker room.
6:49 in the 3rd quarter
The Bears did it. They forced the Packers to punt.
Slowly, very slowly, momentum is building. The game is far from over, but the Bears still have to score at least twice more in order to win.
8:41 in the 3rd quarter
After the Bears couldn't anything going in the first half, a field goal is a step in the right direction.
No doubt, they wanted that pass from Jay Cutler to Brandon Marshall to be completed in the worst way, but they finally have the smallest hint of momentum now.
If they can force a punt, the Bears will feel even better about themselves.
8:49 in the 3rd quarter
Nothing is going right for the Bears right now.
Running back Matt Forte is on the sidelines being looked at by the trainers. And then Brandon Marshall dropped a pass in the end zone.
At least the Bears are in field-goal position. A made field would give them something positive to hang their hat on.
12:00 in the third quarter
Following a nice 22-yard completion to Matt Forte, Jay Cutler floats a pass that was almost intercepted by Packers safety Jerron McMillian.
The Bears are clearly having a difficult time getting anything going consistently.
The Packers' defensive coordinator came into Thursday's game getting a lot of criticism after a poor season last year followed by another poor performance in the season opening loss, but as Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette notes via Twitter, "Dom Capers' defense has limited the Bears to 47 yards of total offense in the first half...not too shabby."
The Bears are far from out of this ballgame.
They may have not gotten off to the start they wanted, but the Bears are only two touchdowns from taking the lead.
If the Bears can somehow get Brandon Marshall involved in the second half, they'll be much better off.
This is a Packers defense that gave up the most passing yards in the history of the NFL last season, so they're vulnerable.
But it will be imperative for the Bears to buy Jay Cutler some time in the pocket.
Halftime stat of note: The Packers have more than tripled the number of first downs of the Chicago Bears.
The Bears only have four first downs compared to the Packers' 13.
The Packers offense has been far from dominant, but it's operating better than Chicago right now.
Aaron Rodgers has not been his usual dominant self in the first half by completing 14 of 21 passes for 128 yards. But in his defense, Rodgers has not thrown an interception either.
The same can't be said of Jay Cutler who has completed four of nine passes for 37 yards with an interception and a passer rating of 16.7.
1:07 in the 2nd quarter
The Bears just can't anything going for them on offense right now.
Tramon Williams' interception is being reviewed, but apart from any potential outcome, the Packers defensive backs have shut out Brandon Marshall tonight without so much as a single targeted pass.
Jay Cutler has only completed four passes so far in the first half.
1:50 in the 2nd quarter
Forget field goal attempts. Tight end Tom Crabtree took a shovel pass from holder Tim Masthay to the house.
Two minute warning
Back to back sacks by the Bears, first by Julius Peppers and then by Henry Melton, have prevented what looked like could have been a touchdown for the Packers.
The Packers are now looking at a long field goal attempt instead.
2:09 in the second quarter
One thing is for sure, neither offensive line is performing particularly well.
Both the Packers and the Bears have three sacks each and it's not even halftime.
Marshall Newhouse was viewed as the weakest link on the Packers' offensive line coming into the season, and he's done nothing to prove otherwise so far as Julius Peppers got around Newhouse and to Rodgers for a sack late in the second quarter.
4:15 in the 2nd quarter
This drive it's Randall Cobb doing the heavy carrying. With two receptions on the drive so far, it's looking like last week when Cobb was a big part of the Packers offense.
Cobb is doing most of his damage from the slot right now, where as in Week 1 it was out of the backfield.
UPDATE: I spoke too soon. With Cobb taking a toss out of the backfield, Cobb has gotten the Packers into the red zone and into scoring position.
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