The past four days felt like an eternity for Green Bay Packers fans as they desperately awaited the Chicago Bears' arrival to Lambeau Field following a frustrating Week 1 defeat to the San Francisco 49ers.
As numerous statistics were thrown in our faces about the Packers being all but eliminated from playoff and Super Bowl contention, Green Bay desperately wanted to get back on the field and prove that Week 1 was a fluke—that its defense wasn't as bad as advertised—that its running game wasn't a lost cause.
Taunts from the Windy City echoed throughout the state of Wisconsin after the Bears dominated a two-win team from a year ago, and the Packers stuck in the NFC North cellar. It was going to take an inspired effort from several players to avoid an 0-2 start.
It wasn't pretty, but the Packers defeated the Bears, 23-10 thanks in large part to the reinforcements offered by eight, count them, eight unsung heroes. Let's give them a warm welcome.