Sunday, September 25, 2011
Third-quarter wrap: Packers 20, Bears 10
By Michael C. Wright
CHICAGO -- Back to back three-and-out drives to start the second half led to the Bears falling further behind the Green Bay Packers, who led 20-10 after three quarters, on the strength of a Mason Crosby 28-yard field goal.
The Bears took possession to start the third quarter with Jarius Wynn sacking quarterback Jay Cutler on the first play. Wynn sacked Cutler twice in the quarter, as the quarterback went 0-for-5 for an offense that traveled minus-11 yards in the team’s first three drives.
The teams actually exchanged three-and-out possessions to start the half. But the Packers utilized the ground attack, led by Ryan Grant to generate some offense. Grant came into the second half averaging 7.1 yards per carry after gaining 50 yards in the first half.
During an eight-play drive, spanning 53 yards, Grant carried for 14, 11 and 10 yards on consecutive attempts.
The Packers also managed to keep Bears running back Matt Forte in check. Through three quarters, Forte had touched the ball 11 times, producing just 39 yards. Most of that yardage came on a 28-yard reception from Forte in the second quarter.
By the end of the third quarter, Forte had run for just 2 yards on nine attempts.