Rodgers completed each of his first four passes for gains of 22, 26, 6 and 22 yards, and just six plays into the drive the Packers had advanced from their own 16 to the Chicago 2.
After a James Starks gain of 1 yard, Rodgers carried out a play-fake to take the ball into the end zone himself for a 1-yard touchdown with 10:50 left in the quarter. The Bears seemed poised to respond quickly when Jay Cutler fired his first pass to Matt Forte for a 34-yard gain.
After advancing to the Green Bay 34, the Bears drive stalled when Cutler overthrew what would likely have been a scoring strike to an open Devin Hester.
Packers left tackle Chad Clifton suffered a stinger in the quarter, and was replaced by T.J. Lang. Team officials said Clifton’s return was questionable. The Bears' pass rush hasn’t been able to take full advantage of the backup at left tackle, but Brian Urlacher snuffed out Green Bay’s final drive of the quarter when he came off Lang’s side to sack Rodgers for an 8-yard loss.
Chicago’s defense stepped it up somewhat after Rodgers’ hot opening drive. But still, the Packers quarterback didn’t throw his first incomplete pass until 5:10 remained in the quarter.