GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Bears looked impressive on their first possession and showed life in the fourth quarter, but dropped to 1-1 with a 27-10 loss to the Packers Sunday night at Lambeau Field.
"Obviously a disappointing loss for us," coach Matt Eberflus said. "There were obviously some bad things in there that we have to clean up and some good things that we have to take forward with us.
"As I talked to the players in the locker room, we still have a 24-hour rule, and when this happens and you have adversity, it stings, and it hurts. You have to soak that in because it is the same thing with a victory. You can only hold onto that for so long and then you have to let it go. The guys understand that and we will get back to work tomorrow.
"We will look at the corrections, each individual performance, and they will get with their coach to improve our football team next week."
Justin Fields' 3-yard rushing touchdown with 4:42 remaining in the first quarter gave the Bears a 7-3 lead, but they were outscored 21-0 in the second quarter and trailed 24-7 at halftime.
The Bears defense held up well in the second half, limiting Green Bay to three points and generating a takeaway. But the only score for the Bears in the final 30 minutes was a 44-yard field goal by Cairo Santos.
Fields finished the night with 7 of 11 completions for 70 yards. David Montgomery led the offense with 122 rushing yards on 15 carries, averaging 8.1 yards per rush.
"[Offensive coordinator] Luke [Getsy] said before the game that we were gonna run it down their throats," Fields said. "D-Mo (Montgomery), I don't know what he ate today, but he was running the ball crazy. O-line did a great job blocking and he did a great job running."
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 19 of 25 pass attempts for 234 yards and two touchdowns, earning a 131.1 rating. Receiver Sammy Watkins caught three passes for 93 yards, and Aaron Jones led the Green Bay rushing attack with 132 yards on 15 carries. Jones also had a rushing and receiving touchdown.
The Packers took a 3-0 lead on Mason Crosby's 40-yard field goal on the game's opening possession. Cornerback Kyler Gordon broke up Rodgers' pass intended for Allen Lazard in the end zone on 2nd and 15. Then on third down, defensive end Trevis Gipson recorded the first of his two sacks by taking Rodgers down for a 4-yard loss, forcing Green Bay to settle for the field goal.
The Bears grabbed the 7-3 lead on Fields' 3-yard score. The 7-play, 71-yard drive was highlighted by Fields' 30-yard pass to Equanimeous St. Brown on a flea flicker. Montgomery rushed for 48 yards on 4 carries, accounting for two first downs on the drive.
Green Bay regained the lead at 10-7 at the start of the second quarter with a 15-yard rushing touchdown by Jones. Rodgers led the 9-play, 75-yard drive with a 24-yard pass to Watkins which gave the Packers a first down at the Bears 14.
An 8-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Jones extended the Packers' lead to 17-7 with 4:40 left in the half. After an holding penalty and a sack from Gipson, the Packers faced 2nd and 28. But Rodgers threw a 20-yard pass to Romeo Doubs and a 9-yard completion to Randall Cobb on 3rd down to keep the drive alive.
The Packers scored again just 32 seconds before halftime on Rodgers' 5-yard touchdown pass to Lazard, putting Green Bay up 24-7. A 20-yard completion from Rodgers to Cobb fueled the 7-play, 67-yard drive.
While the Packers reached the Bears' 33 on their first possession of the second half, defensive lineman Mike Pennel Jr. stopped the drive by recovering a fumble on a botched handoff at the 31. The Bears capitalized with the 44-yard field goal by Santos to cut into the Packers' lead to 24-10. Fields set up the scoring drive with an 18-yard pass to Ryan Griffin, pushing the Bears into Packers' territory at the 31.
The Bears were less than a yard away from cutting the deficit to one score with 8:13 left in the game, but Fields was ruled just shy of the goal line on his 4th-and-goal run. Bears coach Matt Eberflus challenged the call, but the officials upheld the ruling, giving the Packers the ball on downs. Montgomery ran for 61 yards on the drive while Khalil Herbert had a carry for 27 yards to get inside the Packers 20.
"In regard to the challenge that we had in the red area there on 4th and 1, we thought we had a good look at it so we made a challenge," Eberflus said. "[The officials] thought otherwise and that's the way it goes sometimes, but we thought that was the best play we had at that point right there for us to score. And if we score there, it's a different ball game. It's a one-score game at that point and we've still got a chance right there to win."
The Packers then scored their only points of the second half with a 28-yard field goal from Crosby with 2:28 left in the game to extend the lead to 27-10.
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