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Third quarter wrap: Packers 28, Bears 10

12/25/2011

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Chicago's offense did its part in starting the second half fast, but one coverage gaffe by safety Major Wright kick-started a 14-point third quarter for the Green Bay Packers, which led 28-10 after three quarters.

Just a minute and 32 seconds after the Bears pulled within four (14-10) on an impressive drive to start the second half, Wright bit on a playaction fake and Packers receiver Jordy Nelson blew past to catch a 55-yard bomb from Aaron Rodgers; the quarterback’s third touchdown of the night.

The mistake short-circuited the momentum Chicago’s offense seemed to have built, and defensively the gaps in coverage only widened as the Bears allowed another Rodgers scoring strike to James Jones with 1:54 left in the quarter.

The meltdown on defense led to pressure on the offense to keep pace. Charlie Peprah picked off a McCown pass intended for Earl Bennett on the ensuing drive and returned it 21 yards to the Chicago 33. As the third quarter came to a close the Packers held possession on the Bears 5.

Chicago started the second half with a six-play, 71-yard drive in which McCown connected with Bennett for a 49-yard completion down to the Green Bay 1. Kahlil Bell, who reached the 100-yard rushing mark just two minutes into the quarter, took a sweep toward the Chicago sideline and the ball was stripped loose by Peprah.

Bears left guard Edwin Williams recovered in the end zone for the score, which made the score 14-10 after Robbie Gould's extra point.