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Aaron Rodgers, Packers Hold On, Beat Mitchell Trubisky, Bears in NFC North Clash

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 15, 2019

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers runs for a first down during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
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The Green Bay Packers kept their lead in the NFC North after a 21-13 win over the Chicago Bears.

Chicago gave itself a chance to tie after fighting back from a 21-3 fourth-quarter deficit, but the team couldn't come through with the game-tying touchdown on three tries.   

Aaron Rodgers had only one touchdown but did enough to lead the Packers to their third straight win as they inch closer to the postseason. The 11-3 squad will clinch a playoff berth if the Los Angeles Rams either lose to or tie the Dallas Cowboys. 

Green Bay is 4-0 against the rest of the NFC North this season while finishing the year 7-1 at home.

Chicago had fought its way back in the standings with three straight wins but fell to 7-7 after Green Bay held Mitchell Trubisky to a 65.6 passer rating in Sunday's loss at Lambeau Field.

    

Notable Fantasy Stats

  • Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB: 16-of-33, 203 passing yards, 1 TD
  • Aaron Jones, RB, GB: 13 carries, 51 rushing yards, 2 TD
  • Davante Adams, WR, GB: 7 catches, 103 receiving yards, 1 TD
  • Mitchell Trubisky, QB, CHI: 29-of-53, 348 passing yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
  • David Montgomery, RB, CHI: 14 carries, 39 rushing yards
  • Allen Robinson II, WR, CHI: 7 catches, 125 receiving yards
  • Anthony Miller, WR, CHI: 9 catches, 118 receiving yards, 1 TD

       

Offensive Playmakers Come Through for Packers

If the Packers are going to compete with the top teams in the NFC, they need their best players to play to their ability.

They accomplished this goal against the Bears with Davante Adams and Aaron Jones combining for three touchdowns Sunday.

NFL @NFL

On 4th & 4, @AaronRodgers12 floats it up to @tae15adams for a 29-yard @packers touchdown! #GoPackGo #CHIvsGB 📺: FOX 📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app Watch free on mobile: https://t.co/ALWDCpltog https://t.co/nBSAtGNVAr

NFL @NFL

It’s @Showtyme_33! 🙌 #GoPackGo #CHIvsGB 📺: FOX 📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app Watch free on mobile: https://t.co/ALWDCpltog https://t.co/ALOV1RPrGN

NFL @NFL

Aaron Jones helping out his @NFLFantasy owners with another score! @Showtyme_33 #GoPackGo #CHIvsGB 📺: FOX 📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app Watch free on mobile: https://t.co/ALWDCpltog https://t.co/OiROT8Pwqf

Most importantly, Aaron Rodgers came through in the clutch despite not having his best outing.

Though the quarterback was an inefficient 16-of-33 throwing the ball, he continually found Adams down the field and excelled in critical situations.

He also helped move the chains with his legs:

The Checkdown @thecheckdown

Rodgers hit them with the fake lateral and the first down celly 🔥 @AaronRodgers12 https://t.co/Xr2eJbgrvQ

It wasn't a perfect performance from the Packers offense, but it was more than enough with the defense playing at a high level for the third straight game.

Several key stops, including an interception from Dean Lowry, were enough to hold the Bears in check.

NFL @NFL

We’ve got a one-score game in Green Bay! #Bears100 @Mtrubisky10 hits @AnthonyMiller_3 for a TD. #CHIvsGB 📺: FOX 📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app Watch free on mobile: https://t.co/ALWDCpltog https://t.co/Oxsi1TbCnQ

This type of balanced effort can beat most teams, even if Rodgers isn't at his best.

        

Consistency Eludes Trubisky in Biggest Game of the Year

Despite his struggles, Mitchell Trubisky has showed flashes of his talent throughout the past two seasons, and his upside was on display Sunday against the Packers.

The quarterback was especially impressive at throwing while on the move:

The Checkdown @thecheckdown

This throw from Trubisky is too nice 😮 @Mtrubisky10 https://t.co/2fcu7WN8KC

The Checkdown @thecheckdown

Trubisky with another nice toss down the field 🎯 @Mtrubisky10 https://t.co/4Ku8ar1TOC

He perfectly placed his lone touchdown pass on a slant route.

Even without great numbers to back it up, this was some of his best play of the year:

Chuck Freimund @ChuckFreimund

That might have been the best pass play of Trubisky’s career. #bears #packers

Brennen Scarborough @bpscarborough

Mitch Trubisky is making some nasty cross body throws. #Bears

Aaron Leming @AaronLemingNFL

Despite what the box score may say, Trubisky had a pretty damn good first half. Packers will get the ball to start the 3rd quarter up 7-3. Worth noting, the #Bears have been an excellent 3rd quarter team in 2019. 30 minutes to grab the lead & keep their season alive.

The problem was he couldn't produce these types of plays on a consistent basis, and it led to stalled drives and very few points. 

Chicago finished the game 9-of-20 on third down but 0-of-3 on fourth down, staying behind on the scoreboard. With his three chances to lead a game-tying drive, Trubisky threw an interception, turned it over on downs and then ran out of time.

The lack of a running game didn't help (2.9 yards per carry from running backs), but if Trubisky can't provide more steady play as his third year in the NFL comes to an end, the Bears could have some tough decisions to make at quarterback.

       

What's Next?

Both teams are scheduled to be on prime time in Week 16. The Bears will host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night at Soldier Field, while the Packers have another key divisional battle on the road against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football.