Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
I thought the Bears did an excellent job against Aaron Rodgers. Was that the lowest passer rating he has ever recorded versus the Bears?
The 68.9 passer rating was the second lowest Aaron Rodgers has posted in 21 career games against the Bears, topped only by a 62.4 on Nov. 26, 2015 in a 17-13 Thanksgiving night loss in Green Bay. The 68.9 rating is Rodgers’ lowest against any team this season, however. Another interesting factoid I discovered is that Sunday’s game marked the first time Rodgers threw an interception and no touchdown passes in any of his 21 starts against the Bears.
When was the last time before Sunday’s big win that the Bears never trailed in a game against the Packers?
Sunday marked the first time the Bears did not trail in a game against the Packers since a 26-0 win in the 2006 season opener in Green Bay, a span of 26 meetings with their arch rivals. Before I researched your question, I thought the answer was going to be a 35-7 victory over the Packers late in the 2007 season at Soldier Field. But Green Bay actually led that game 7-6 in the second quarter before the Bears scored the final 29 points. Here’s hoping that Sunday’s 24-17 win will be just the beginning of a dominant run by the Bears against Green Bay.
Why did the official stand over the ball and not allow the Bears to snap it Sunday versus the Packers, forcing the Bears to call a timeout to avoid a delay of game penalty?
If the offense makes a substitution after breaking the huddle, the defense is allowed to counter the move. The umpire stands over the ball, giving the defense “reasonable” time to make a substitution of its own. What happened on the play in Sunday’s game that you’re referring to is that Bears receiver Joshua Bellamy ran onto the field late after the offense had broken the huddle, so the defense was given a chance to counter the move. The Bears were forced to call timeout because the play clock was about to expire, but the officiating crew handled the situation in the correct manner.