Briggs averts disaster for Bears

CHICAGO -- Lance Briggs averted what could have been a nail-in-the-coffin drive for the Green Bay Packers by picking off an Aaron Rodgers pass that bounced off the foot of receiver Donald Driver with 49 seconds left in the first half.

Too bad the Chicago Bears couldn’t take advantage, and close the gap to seven points.

Two plays after Briggs’ interception on the Bears' 38, Jay Cutler gave the ball right back to the Packers. Looking to connect deep with receiver Johnny Knox, Cutler floated a ball into the hands of Packers rookie cornerback Sam Shields.

Briggs’ big play could have been a needed momentum booster for the Bears, but instead became yet another in a long line of missed first-half opportunities for the home team.

At intermission, the Packers held distinct advantages in yardage (252 to 103), time of possession (17:23 to 12:37) and first downs (17 to 6).

The Bears haven’t converted a third down all game (0 for 5), but the Packers -- despite seizing the 14-point lead -- haven't fared much better in that department (1 for 4).