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Week 16 Game Recap: Green Bay Packers 17, Chicago Bears 20
What you need to know
|Green Bay Packers|
QB Aaron Rodgers played really well in the first half as he had lot of time to throw and he finished the half with 176 yards and two touchdowns. He hit WR Greg Jennings on a seven yard touchdown pass and threw his other score to RB Ryan Grant on a screen pass. But Rodgers and the Packers offense faded down the stretch of the game as they were only able to score three points in the second half.
RB Ryan Grant scored on a 17 yard screen pass in the second quarter on play where he was able to break a tackle and crash into the end zone. That would be the only highlight for Grant who struggled to run the ball against the Bears. Grant averaged less then two and half yards a carry on 25 carries in the game.
WR Greg Jennings caught a seven yard pass early in the game but did very little after that, including only catching one pass for two yards in the second half. WR Donald Driver led the Packers with six receptions for 63 yards in the game. The Bears pass defense did a good job of taking away Jennings and Driver in the second half, limiting them to only three catches for 24 yards.
Despite leading his team to a last minute touchdown and win in overtime, for most of the game prior to that, QB Kyle Orton did very little in making plays and moving the offense. He hit TE Greg Olsen on a three yard touchdown pass early in the second half after a Packers' turnover. He would hit Olsen again on 17 yard pass in overtime to help set up the game winning field goal, but Orton was shaky all game and threw two bad interceptions. He completed only 14 of 27 of his pass attempts for 142 yards in this game.
The Bears struggled getting any running game going in this game and RB Matt Forte, who has been Chicago's best offensive player, did very little until the end of the game when he broke a big 28 yard run and scored on a two yard run with three minutes left in the game. Forte carried the offense late in the game and was probably the difference maker for a Bears who really struggled in the passing game.
TE Greg Olsen had the best game of the all Chicago receivers as he caught a team high five catches for 49 yards in the game, including a three yard touchdown reception. Fellow TE Desmond Clark and RB Matt Forte finished behind Olsen in receiving as the Bears wide receivers were practically a non-factor in this game and combined for only three catches for 28 yards.
What you ought to know
|QB Aaron Rodgers, Pass: 24 - 39 - 260 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - -6 - 0|
The Packers had more success passing the ball in the first half as Rodgers was 16 for 24 for 176 yards. Rodgers led Green Bay on a long drive and finished it off with a nice seven yard touchdown pass to WR Greg Jennings. Rogers played very well in the first half, despite having an interception off a deflected pass. The Bears didn't get much of a pass rush early in the game. He almost connected on a big pass deep down the field late in the first half with WR Donald Driver, but Driver could not hold onto the ball. Rogers' second touchdown pass came on little screen pass to RB Ryan Grant on a play in which Grant broke a tackle and scampered into the end zone. Rodgers and the Packers faded again in the fourth quarter and simply did not make plays when they needed too late in the game, specifically when they had the ball inside the five yard and a first down midway through the fourth quarter.
|RB Ryan Grant, Rush: 25 - 61 - 0, Rec: 3 - 20 - 1 (3 targets)|
Grant had a very nice first half as he carried the ball 12 times for 40 yards and added two receptions for 23 yards, including a 17 yard touchdown pass. Grant caught a short screen pass from QB Aaron Rodgers and he turned up field and broke the tackle by rookie safety Craig Steltz. Steltz had replaced an injured S Mike Brown two plays earlier. Grant did very little in the second half as he had 13 carries for 21 yards.
|RB Brandon Jackson|
Jackson was out of this game because of injury.
|WR Donald Driver, Rec: 6 - 63 - 0 (13 targets)|
Driver got off to a very good start in this game catching four passes for 41 yards. He almost caught a deep pass late in the first half but, was unable to bring the ball in. He injured his leg on the play and had to be helped off the field. Driver did return to the game a few plays later. He was QB Aaron Rodgers' favorite target in this game but only caught two more balls in the second half for 21 yards.
|WR Greg Jennings, Rec: 6 - 38 - 1 (8 targets)|
Jennings had a nice first half as he caught five passes for 36 yards including a short touchdown pass in the second quarter for the Packers first score of the game. Jennings wasn't targeted deep down the field in this game and caught all his passes short or medium range routes. The Bears secondary completely took Jennings out of the game in the second half by holding him to one catch for two yards.
|WR James Jones, Rec: 2 - 27 - 0 (2 targets)|
Jones had one catch for 18 yards in the first half. His second catch came on a huge third and long conversion in which he caught a nine yard pass to give Green Bay a first down deep in Chicago territory late in the game.
|WR Jordy Nelson, Rec: 2 - 27 - 0 (4 targets)|
Nelson had one catch for 15 yards in the first half and had another catch for 12 yards in the second half.
|TE Donald Lee|
Lee did not have a target in this game.
|PK Mason Crosby 1 - 3 FG, 2 - 2 XP, 5 points|
Mason had a rough night missing a 46 yard kick and then having a potential game winning kick blocked with 18 seconds left in the game. He did make a 28 yard kick earlier in the fourth quarter.
|GB Rush Defense|
The run defense did a real good job of shutting down the run game for three quarters but, faltered in the fourth quarter giving up most of rushing yards in that quarter including a two yard rushing touchdown late in the game.
|GB Pass Defense|
The defense pass defense did its job in this game, holding the Bears to only 142 yards passing and forcing two interceptions.
|QB Kyle Orton, Pass: 14 - 27 - 142 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0|
The Bears offense looked terrible in the first half as Orton was only four for eight for 36 yards and no touchdowns. The offense was only able to get two first downs in the half. Orton threw for a three yard score to TE Greg Olsen early in the second half after a Packers' turnover. He would throw a costly interception late in the third quarter and another midway through the fourth quarter. Despite not playing well, Orton was able to lead the Bears down the field late in the game thanks to the running of RB Matt Forte and get a game tying touchdown. Orton made a clutch 17 yard pass to Olsen and then a 14 yard completion to Forte in overtime to set up the game winning field goal.
|RB Matt Forte, Rush: 23 - 73 - 1, Rec: 2 - 28 - 0 (2 targets)|
Like the passing game, Forte and the run game struggled mightily in the first half as he only had 14 yards on eight carries in the first half. Forte had two opportunities inside the five yard early in the second after a Green Bay turnover but, he was stuffed on both carries. Forte was spelled at times to backup RB Adrian Peterson in the second half, and his injured toe may or may not have been the reason Forte gave up some playing time. Forte, who is the Bears leading receiver this season, didn't catch a pass or have a pass thrown to him until there was ten minutes left in the game. He did break a long 28 yard run late in the game and followed that up with a two yard score. Forte was much more effective late in the game and gained most of his yards with about ten minutes left in the game.
|RB Adrian Peterson, Rush: 2 - 2 - 0|
Peterson only had two carries for two yards in the game but did replace Forte on two series in the second half.
|WR Devin Hester, Rec: 2 - 12 - 0 (7 targets)|
Hester had one catch for nine yards in the first half and one catch for three yards in the second half. CB Charles Woodson and Al Harris shut down Hester in this game and he was well covered all game.
|WR Brandon Lloyd, Rec: 1 - 16 - 0 (2 targets)|
Lloyd had one catch for 16 yards in the first half; it was the Bears longest play from scrimmage in the half. It was his only catch of the game.
|WR Marty Booker (1 targets)|
Booker had only one pass throw to him and he dropped it.
|TE Greg Olsen, Rec: 5 - 49 - 1 (5 targets)|
Olsen had one catch for seven in the first half. Olsen did catch a three yard touchdown pass after a Packer turnover early in the first half. He caught a big 17 yard catch in overtime and drew a 15 yard horse collar penalty on the same play. It was a critical play because it put the Bears into field goal range.
|TE Desmond Clark, Rec: 4 - 37 - 0 (7 targets)|
Olsen had one catch for four yards in the first half and three catches for 33 yards in the second. The Bears continue to target there tight ends early and often in the passing game.
|PK Robbie Gould 2 - 2 FG, 2 - 2 XP, 8 points|
Gould made a 31 yard field goal in the first quarter. He would make a 38 yard game winning field goal in overtime.
|CHI Rush Defense|
The Bears held the Green Bay running backs to only 71 yards rushing and did not give up a rushing touchdown.
|CHI Pass Defense|
DE Alex Brown had an interception in the first quarter off a pass deflection for the Bears only interception of the game. Chicago did not get a sack in this game and struggled to stop the Packers passing game early in the game. The pass defense made some big stops late in the game as Green Bay was unable to put away the Bears.