Sunday, December 25, 2011
Second quarter wrap: Packers 14, Bears 3
By Jeff Dickerson
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Josh McCown era got off to solid start as the veteran quarterback played a relatively smart half of football, but the Chicago Bears still trail the Green Bay Packers 14-3 as Green Bay's high-powered offense struck quickly right before halftime.
Green Bay certainly didn't resemble a 13-1 team the majority of the half, however quarterback Aaron Rodgers marched the Packers down the field with long pass plays to James Jones (32) and Jordy Nelson (17) before hitting Jones for a 2-yard touchdown with less than 20 seconds left on the clock.
Surrendering such a late score must be a tough blow for the Bears, who controlled much of the tempo over the first 30 minutes.
McCown did throw a costly second-quarter red zone interception to Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews, who did a terrific job of jumping in front of a screen pass intended for Kahlil Bell in the flat, but he also engineered several efficient drives and finished 6 of 9 for 81 yards. Bell (89 yards) and Armando Allen (38 yards) racked up sizeable chunks of yards on the ground.
Although the Bears compiled 207 total yards of offense, they were only able to manage three points on a 35-yard Robbie Gould field goal in the second quarter.
On the injury front: Bears starting right tackle Lance Louis fell ill and was taken back to the locker room. His return is officially listed as questionable. Louis was replaced by veteran Frank Omiyale, who made three starts at right tackle earlier this season.