GREEN BAY, Wis. – After Sunday night's 27-10 loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field, Bears defenders lamented a slew of missed tackles that enabled Green Bay to hold decisive advantages in total yards (414-228), first downs (26-11) and time of possession (37:15-22:45).
"I think we're a better tackling team than we put on tape tonight," said linebacker Nicholas Morrow. "We've got to tackle better. We didn't tackle particularly good, whether it was one tackle or even some of the gang tackles, they were slipping out of them. We've got to do a better job of that."
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 19 of 25 passes for 234 yards with two touchdowns and a 131.1 passer rating. But it was a Green Bay running game that generated 203 yards and one TD and averaged 5.3 yards per carry that caused the most damage.
Aaron Jones ran for 132 yards and one TD on 15 carries and A.J. Dillon added 61 yards on 18 attempts.
"We've got to tackle better," said safety Eddie Jackson. "We've got to get the ball out, got to be on top of our keys, myself included. There were a lot of plays we left out there."
Jackson expanded on the missed tackles, saying: "It's definitely a fundamental thing, just taking the right steps, being in the right leverage, taking the right angles, running our feet. We've got to finish and take them down to the ground."
The run defense was an issue for the second straight week; the Bears allowed 176 yards and one TD on 37 carries in their 19-10 season-opening win over the 49ers at Soldier Field.
"We'll definitely hear about it, and we should," Morrow said. "I don't know how many yards they had rushing, but they had way too many and they had way too many last week. It's hard to win games when you let teams run the ball on you."
Ground up: Like the Packers, the Bears had success on the ground, rushing for 180 yards and one TD on 27 carries.
David Montgomery gained 122 yards on 15 attempts. It was the eighth 100-yard game of his four-year NFL career and his second in six contests against the Packers.
"The O-line did a great job of creating some space and I just kind of took what I saw," Montgomery said.
The former Iowa State standout had a long run of 28 yards and averaged 8.1 yards per carry Sunday night after being held to 26 yards on 17 carries on a flooded field in the season opener.
"When he's able to cut on solid turf, it's pretty special," said tight end Cole Kmet. "It makes guys want to block a little harder and a little longer."
Asked if the Bears entered Sunday night's game planning to run the ball as much as they did, Montgomery said: "It was just the flow of the game; just go with what's working at the moment and it was working, so we stuck [with] it."
First things first: The Bears' opening possession was a thing of beauty; they marched 71 yards on seven plays capped by quarterback Justin Fields' 3-yard TD run around right end.
Montgomery rushed for 38 yards on four carries and Fields completed a 30-yard pass to Equanimeous St. Brown off a flea-flicker to fuel the Bears' only touchdown drive of the game.
"It felt good," Montgomery said. "We've just got to do it more often and help our defense out a little bit."
It was the Bears' first TD on an opening drive in a road game since Week 16 of the 2020 season in Jacksonville.
This and that: The Packers outscored the Bears 21-0 in the second quarter, holding decisive edges in yards (135-13) and first downs (9-0) … The Bears offense converted just 1-of-7 third-down opportunities (14.3 percent) … After missing two extra point attempts in standing water in Week 1, Cairo Santos made both of his kicks Sunday night, an extra point and a 44-yard field goal … The Bears recorded 3.0 sacks of Rodgers, 2.0 by Trevis Gipson and 1.0 by Robert Quinn.
Skids continue: The Bears have now lost seven straight to the Packers and seven in a row at Lambeau Field. Their last win was a 24-17 NFC North-clinching victory Dec. 16, 2018 at Soldier Field, while their last win in Green Bay was a 17-13 decision Thanksgiving night in 2015.
On the shelf: Rookie receiver Velus Jones Jr. missed his second straight game with a hamstring injury. Other Bears inactives were cornerback Lamar Jackson, safety Elijah Hicks, guards Ja'Tyre Carter, tackle Michael Schofield III and tight end Jake Tonges.
After being inactive in Week 1, defensive end Kingsley Jonathan became the 12th Bears rookie to see action this season. The 11 rookies who played in the opener were the most for any NFL team, ahead of the Cowboys (9) and Giants (9).
Three of the four Packers players who were listed as questionable on the injury report started the game: Left guard Jon Runyan, right tackle Elgton Jenkins and receiver Allen Lazard. Left tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) was inactive.
Night owls: The Bears have now faced the Packers in a night game in 17 straight seasons. It's also the 11th time in the last 12 years that the Bears-Packers contest in Green Bay was played under the lights. Since 2011, the only afternoon game between the long-time rivals at Lambeau Field took place on Dec. 15, 2019.
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