Thursday Night NFL – Bears at Packers – 9/13/2012

NCAA Update: Rutgers 23 South Florida 13 – FINAL 

 

BEARS   10     PACKERS   23

FINAL

 

SUMMARY

The Bears offense never really got on track and came up more than a bit short in this one.  Jay Cutler went 11 of 27 for 126 yards, 1 touchdown and 4 interceptions.    Chicago was fortunate that it wasn’t worse, but their defense did a manageable job against the Packers offense.  Aaron Rodgers wasn’t exactly stellar at 22 of 32 for 219 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT.  The Packer defense never let the Bears sustain a drive sacking Cutler 7 times.  Matt Forte left the game on Chicago’s first drive of the second half with an injury to his right ankle.  Michael Bush did a passable job of taking on the full time duties, but his 54 yards wasn’t enough to balance out the passing game enough to keep the Packer pass rush out of Cutler’s face.  

The fake field goal was the crazy fun play of the night.  If it doesn’t work, the Bears take the momentum, but that wasn’t the case and from that point on, there was never a feeling that Chicago would be able to overcome the Lambeau Leapers.  

AverageJoeSports PLAYER OF THE GAME – GREEN BAY LINEBACKER – CLAY MATTHEWS with 7 tackle and 3 1/2 sacks.

The Packers will head to Seattle in week 3 to take on the Seahawks while the Bears will go home to lick their wounds and get ready for St. Louis.  

Most Recent Drive

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PACKERS – 1st and 10 at the 30.  Benson up the middle for a gain of 6.  I formation – Benson to the right for a gain of 5 to the 19 and a first down – TWO MINUTE WARNING.  With no timeouts left for Chicago, this one is academic at this point.  Victory formation for the Packers – Rodgers takes a knee 3 times and puts the Bears out of their misery for the evening.

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BEARS – Start at the 18 – no timeouts left.  18 – Cutler sacked on 1st down for a loss of 4.  (Injury Timeout – BJ Raji).  2nd and 14 – CUTLER SACKED AGAIN – at the 4 yard line!.  3rd and 24 – Bush up the middle for a decent gain, but flags are down – 12 MEN ON THE FIELD – GREEN BAY – 5 YARDS – REPLAY 3RD DOWN.  3rd and 19 from the 9 yard line.  Pass complete to Marshall for a 14 yard gain to the 23.  4th and 5 and they are going for it.  Shotgun – PASS IS INTERCEPTED BY MCMILLAN (LOOKS LIKE IT BOBBLED AND WAS NOT IN FACT A CATCH).   (3:00 – 4th)

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PACKERS – Start with the ball at the 20 after Gould kicks it through the endzone.  I formation – Benson loses a yard on a run to the left.  2nd and 11 – I formation again – play action – pass is incomplete on the right intended for Nelson.  3rd and 11 – shotgun formation.  pass over the middle to Nelson on a crossing pattern for 26 yards to the 45.  I formation on first down – Benson up the middle for no gain.  2nd and 10 – I formation – Alex Green in the game – takes the ball and is brought down by Briggs for no gain.  TIMEOUT CHICAGO (4:27 – 4th) 3rd and 10 from the 44.  Rogers scrambles and is brought down for a loss of 1.  4th and 11. TIMEOUT CHICAGO (4:19).  PUNT – Hester catches it at the 17 and is forced out at the 18. (4:09 – 4th) 

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BEARS – After the turnover – Cutler SACKED on 1st down – loss of 7.  2nd and 17 – pass complete to Marshall for a gain of 10.  3rd and 7 – shotgun – pass lobbed into the endzone for Marshall – incomplete – 4th down – BEARS GOING FOR IT – shotgun – PASS COMPLETE TO KELLEN DAVIS OVER THE MIDDLE IN THE ENDZONE FOR THE TOUCHDOWN!  (6:49 4th) 

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PACKERS – Start at the 30 – Under center – Play action – PICKED OFF BY TIM JENNINGS – RETURNED TO THE GREEN BAY – 24 

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BEARS – Start with the ball at the 20 after a touchback on the kickoff.  UNNECESSARY ROUGHNESS ON GREEN BAY – Ball to the 35.  Cutler – runs for a first down at the 46.  Handoff to Bush for a couple of yards up the middle.  2nd and 8  – Cutler in the gun – pass complete to Bennett for a first down at the Green Bay 40.  Shotgun again – pass incomplete deep over the middle.  2nd and 10  – Cutler shotgun formation – scrambles – throws – ALMOST intercepted AGAIN!.  HOLDING ON CHICAGO – 2nd and 20 – shotgun – sacked for a loss of .  3rd and 21 – pass deep – dropped as Davis slips on the turf.  Punt – fair catch at the 15. PENALTY – FACEMASK ON CHICAGO – 15 YARDS FROM END OF THE KICK (8:14 – 4th)

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PACKERS FIRST PLAY AFTER THE INTERCEPTION – 26 YARD TOUCHDOWN PASS TO DONALD DRIVER!!!

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BEARS – After the kickoff – start with the ball at the 26 on the return from Hester.  Cutler starts under center – play action – pass intercepted deep downfield by DJ Williams – returns the ball to the Chicago 26

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PACKERS – Start at the 43 – Benson up the middle on 1st down for a gain of 6.  I formation on 2nd  – pass to Williams complete for a 1st down at the 45.  Under center – Ace formation – play action – complete to Finley on a diving catch for a gain of 5.  2nd down at the Chicago 40 – pass to Jones on the right right at the marker – just short of the marker.  On 3rd and short – handoff to Coon and the Bears meet him in the backfield for a loss of 1.  Crosby for a Field Goal of 54 – GOOD! (11:38 4TH)

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BEARS – Handoff up the middle for a gain of 4.  Cutler under center – pass tipped at the line – incomplete.  3rd and 6 from the 24 – shotgun – pass incomplete – dropped by Hester.  Punt is fielded by Cobb at the 27 – returned up to the 43. (END 3RD)

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PACKERS – After the turnover – 1st and 10 – Rodgers starts in the gun – complete over the middle to Nelson for a first down at the Chicago 38.  From the gun – handoff up the middle to Benson – looked initially to be stopped for a loss, but after second effort breaks an 11 yard run.  On 1st down – Benson up the middle for gain of 4.  2nd and 6 – play action pass into the endzone for James Jones . . .OFF HIS FINGERTIPS – 3rd down coming up.    Shotgun – complete to Finley – FUMBLE – BEARS RECOVER AT THE 20  (0:53 – 3RD)

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BEARS – On first down from the 24 – Cutler starts under center – hands off to Bush on the right side for a gain of 5.  2nd down – Bush up the middle for a gain of 4.  3rd and short – under center – I formation – Bush up the middle – pushes the pile for a first down to the 32.  1st down – Bush runs again – this time to the right for a gain of 7.  2nd and 3 – I formation – Allen takes the handoff and is promptly dropped for a loss of 3.  3rd and 6 – false start and the Bears shoot themselves in the foot again.  3rd and 11 – Cutler in the gun – he scrambles – WOODSON INTERCEPTS THE PASS – PACKERS BALL AT THE CHICAGO 46.  (3:05 – 3rd) – REPLAY REVIEW SHOWS WOODSON DOWN BY CONTACT AT THE GREEN BAY 47.

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PACKERS – Start with the ball at the 20 after Cobb takes a knee in the endzone for a touchback.  1st down – under center – pass to the right to Benson who turns what should have been a loss into a 5 yard game (Forte heading for the locker room).  Under center on 2nd down – Benson up the middle for a gain of 4.  Ball came loose, but he’s ruled down.  3rd and 1 – under center again – I formation – handoff to the right and Brian Urlacher makes the stop short of the line to gain.  Punt  – Hester has room run, but is cut down almost immediately at the 24.  (6:49 – 3rd).

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BEARS – Start the 2nd half with ball.  Touchback on the kickoff – Cutler hands off to Forte on 1st down for a short gain (3) on the left side.  2nd down – under center – hand to Forte again, this time to the right and he gets a couple more yards.  3rd and a long 5, shotgun – pass complete to Forte over the middle who runs up to the 40 for a first down.  Forte runs up the middle on first down for mabye a yard.  2nd and 9 from the 41 – Cutler in the gun – deep over the middle – ALMOST intercepted by McMillan (safety) – incomplete.  3rd and 9 from the 41 – shotgun again – TIMEOUT BEARS (12:20).  After the timeout – pass to the left complete to Forte for a first down at the Green Bay 45.  Under center on first – Cutler throws it away on the right.  Pressure is screwing up a lot of timing.  2nd and 10 – Cutler in the gun – draw play to Michael Bush up the middle for a gain of 9.  3rd and 1 – under center – play action – pass back to the right to tight end Spaeth for a 1st. followed by a hand off to Bush up the middle for a gain of 8 (Forte is being looked at by trainers on sideline).  2nd and 1 and Jerrell Worthy stops Bush behind the line for a loss of 2.  3rd and 4 from the Packer 27.  Pass deep in the endzone for Brandon Marshall who is open – he can’t hold on to it.  Robbie Gould kicks a FIELD GOAL OF 45 YARDS  (8:49 – 3rd) .  

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1st HALF STATS SUMMARY

BEARS – TOTAL YARDS – 47 (7 PASSING, 40 RUSHING) – Cutler – 4/9 – 37 yards – 1 INT (sacked 3 times) , Forte – 4 rushes, 25 yards

PACKERS – TOTAL YARDS – 201 (125 PASSING, 76 RUSHING) – Rodgers – 14/21 – 128 yards (sacked 4 times), Benson – 11 rushes, 45 yards

 

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PACKERS – Start at the 48 after the turnover.  Rodgers from the shotgun – complete to Nelson at the 40 – TIMEOUT PACKERS (0:58).  2nd and 2 – complete to Finley on the right – gain of maybe 1.  3rd and long 1 – handoff up the middle to Coon for a short gain – he gets just enough for the first down at the Bears 38.  TIMEOUT PACKERS (0:31).  Timeout taking a bit long.  Looks like they are checking the spot on the last play. Play stands.  1st and 10 at the 38 – Shotgun – pass incomplete over the middle, but a flag flies – ILLEGAL CONTACT ON DJ WRIGHT (BEARS) – 5 YARD PENALTY – 1st and 10 at the 33.  Shotgun – pass over the middle is ALMOST intercepted by Lance Briggs – couldn’t hold on to the ball that hits him right in the numbers.  2nd and 10 – shotgun – screen left to Coon down to the 17  TIMEOUT PACKERS (0:01).  Crosby back on again for a 35 YARD FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT  – RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE AND GOOD!  HALFTIME

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BEARS – Touchback on the kickoff – False start on first down.  Shotgun  – Cutler throws to his left incomplete intended for Earl Bennett – he just couldn’t drag the foot.  2nd and 15 – shotgun again – complete over the middle to Forte who runs it out to the 36 or a 1st down.  Clock rolling – shotgun – pass down the right side deep and is knocked down by Morgan Burnett (almost and INT).  1:13 left – shotgun – over the middle and intercepted by Williams at the 48. TIMEOUT FOR A REVIEW OF THE PLAY (1:07 – 2ND) PLAY STANDS. 

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PACKERS – Start their drive at the 20.  Rodgers hands to Benson outside to the right – strung out and brought down for a gain of 1.  Under center on 2nd and 9 – play action – dumps it to Coon again – only 2 yards.  3rd and 7 – Rodgers goes back in the gun, – complete to Cobb on the right hash for a first down at the 43.  Under center on first – Nelson catches the quick throw out to the left for a gain of 6.  2nd down – under center – swing pass for Benson for a first down to the Chicago 46.  Alex Green takes the handoff on first down up the middle for 2 yards.  2nd down – Rodgers hands off to Benson again for a gain of 5.  3rd and 3 – shotgun – pitch to Cobb to the right and his slashes the Bears defense getting from the 39 down to the 11.  1st and 10 and Peppers gets Rodgers from behind for a loss of 7.  2nd and 17 – TIMEOUT GREEN BAY (2:09).   After the timeout – Packers on 2nd down from the 18 yard line – shotgun – Rodgers is sacked again, by Henry Melton, back at the 27- 2 MINUTE WARNING.  3rd down at 26 at the Chicago 27 – pass intended for Cobb is incomplete.  Crosby in for the 45 yard … FIELD GOAL FAKE!!!  SHOVEL PASS ON THE RIGHT SIDE FOR A TOUCHDOWN TOM CRABTREE!!! FIELD GOAL FAKE!! FIELD GOAL FAKE!!! (1:50 – 2ND)

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BEARS – The kickoff is returned from the endzone by Hester out to the 37 yard line. 1st down – Cutler under cetner – Michael Bush gets his first carry of the game up the middle for a gain of 7.  Under center again on 2nd and 3 – Bush up the middle again, this time for a gain of 2 to the 46.  3rd and 1 – I formation – Bush up the middle again to the 49 for a 1st.  Cutler hands it off again to Bush (steady diet working here) for a gain of 4 into Green Bay territory.  2nd and 6 – Cutler completes on the right side to Earl Bennett on the left for a first down at the 38.  Under center on first – Bush over the left side – not much of a gain.  FLAGS EVERYWHERE – PERSONAL FOUL ON CARIMI (Bears O-lineman) – 15 YARDS BACK.  2nd and 25 and TIMEOUT BEARS (9:34).  So after the timeout, the Bears on 2nd and loooong and Cutler is sacked by Matthews – he held onto the ball too long – gotta get rid of that.  Brings up a 3rd and 32 (how many plays do you have for that)  Cutler completes to Alshon Jeffrey for a gain of 7.  The punt bounces at the one and just barely plops into the endzone for a touchback. (7:54 – 2nd)

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PACKERS – Starting the drive at the 21.  Rodgers under center – ace set – audible – Benson is stopped for no gain.  2nd down  – Rodgers under center again, pass complete to Benson out across the 38 for a first down.  Next first down – Under center – another completion over the middle to Benson for a gain of 8.  2nd and 2 at the 43 – draw play to Benson for a gain of 5 and a first down.  Yet another first down and Rodgers is under – Benson off the left tackle – cuts back inside for a gain of 7 to the Chicago 42. END OF FIRST QUARTER.  2nd and 3 and a long pass over the middle for Jennings is dropped.  Rodgers passed for Jones and it’s incomplete.  Green Bay challenges the number of players on the field. After the review, the Packers win the challenge and get a first down.  So on 1st and 10 from the Chicago 37 (Bears got hosed – dude was off the field).  Pass to the left and Jones is dropped by Tim Jennings for a loss of 5.  2nd and 15 and Rodgers completes a pass for Nelson on the left to the Chicago 34.  3rd and 7 and he flips a dump pass to his fullback for a gain of 5.  Mason Crosby comes out for a field goal attempt of 48 – IT RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE AND GOOD. – GREEN BAY LEADS. (12:56 – 2ND)  

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BEARS – Start at the 20 after the touchback.  Shotgun on first down and tight end Kellen Davis draws the pass interference call on Green Bay’s DJ Smith for a first down at the 44.  Another shotgun and Cutgler is sacked at the Chicago 34 by Clay Matthews.  Another shotgun – screen pass is blown up by AJ Hawk for a loss of 2.  Bears offense looks sluggish right now.  3rd and 22 from the 32 and another shotgun – run off the left tackle by Forte for a gain of 7.  The punt is fair caught by Cobb at the Packer 21  (2:35 – 1st)

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PACKERS – They start at their own 34.  Rodgers under center on 1st down hands off to Benson up the middle for a gain of 8.  Looks like Rodgers is having a little issue with his thumb from the sack.  Benson runs to the left end for a 1st down at the 42.  Rodgers back under center – bootleg to the right and he has to throw it away.  2nd and 10 – under center – play action and a zippy pass down the right sideline RIGHT OFF NELSON’S FINGERTIPS!!!  Whoa!  3rd and 10 and a shotgun formation.  Rodgers is sacked again, this time by Julius Peppers . . .he’s large.  The punt is a high one that bounces at the 2 and into the endzone for a touchback  (4:37 – 1st)

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BEARS – They start the drive with just under 8 minutes at their own 17.  Cutler’s pass to the left is tipped at the line and falls incomplete.  2nd down and Forte runs for 6 yards off the right tackle to the 22.  Trying to get the running game going to give Cutler a little time.  3rd and 4 and we have a delay of game making it 3rd and 9.  So on 3rd and 9 and a shotgun for Cutler – pass over the middle and he missed Forte who wanted a defensive holding call – he did not get it.  The punt is back to the Packer 34 where Cobb makes the fair catch.  (6:31 –  1st)  

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PACKERS – Rodgers completes it to Finley out to the 45 on 1st down.  Benson runs for no gain on the right side on 1st down.  On 2nd down, Rodgers completes to Nelson at the Chicago 34 on the play action pass.  The next first down – shotgun – Randall Cobb runs for 8 yards, but it’s negated by a holding call.  Instead of 2nd and 2, they have 1st and 20 from the Chicago 44.  This will limit your play calling a bit.  About 4 on a running play.  2nd and 16 was a pass play and Rodgers is sacked back at the 50.  3rd and 26 and you’re really limited now.   Rodgers lost the handle on the ball while he was going to throw it (greased?) and falls on it at he line of scrimmage.  The punt is shanked and the Bears will take over just inside the 20. (7:57 – 1st)

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BEARS – Cutler gepts sacked on the first play just inside the 5.  Forte got about 4 yards on 2nd down trying to get some of the lost yardage back.  On 3rd and 19, Cutler in the gun – draw play to Forte and gets almost back to the original line of scrimmage.  The punt takes a good roll for the Bears and is fallen on by the Packers at their own 29.  (11:26 – 1ST)  

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PACKERS go on offense first!  They start at the 17.  Benson opens with a short run up the middle and a little better gain on 2nd down.  On 3rd and 2 from the 25, Rodgers from the shotgun tries to hit Nelson on the right side, but it was broken up. Looooong punt (56 yards) – Hester calls a fair catch at their own 18.

Kickoff time:  8:30  PM Eastern

 

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While we’re waiting for the opening kickoff – an update on the Rutgers at South Florida game:  Nearing the end of the 1st quarter and USF has a 3-0 lead and just recovered a muffed punt by Rutgers.  

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Can the Packers recover from their home loss to the Niners?  

Can the Bears get Cutler’s first win at Lambeau?  

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