Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Keys to victory: Bears 27, Packers 20
By ESPN Stats & Information
The injury to Aaron Rodgers was among the biggest factors in the matchup between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. But what did Chicago do best in this win from a statistical perspective?
Forte comes through
Matt Forte picked the right day for his best game of the season, rushing 24 times for 125 yards and a touchdown. It was his second career rushing touchdown in 10 games against the Packers. His only previous score against them came in Week 16 of his rookie season, 2008.
Forte had 80 rushing yards before contact, his most in a game since Week 4 of 2011 against the Carolina Panthers (147).
McCown up to the challenge, Wallace struggles in relief
Jon Gruden praised Josh McCown's preparedness multiple times during the "Monday Night Football" broadcast as the Bears backup quarterback earned his first win as a starter since beating the Minnesota Vikings on Jan. 1, 2012.
McCown established a connection with Brandon Marshall similar to that of injured starting quarterback Jay Cutler.
Seven of McCown’s completions on throws more than 10 yards downfield went to Marshall.
Marshall had his 10th game with at least 100 receiving yards since joining the Bears in 2012, tied for second-most in the NFL in that span.
The Bears finished with 442 yards on offense, their most in a win at Lambeau Field.
Packers backup Seneca Wallace struggled after coming in for Rodgers. Wallace's 7.7 Total QBR was the worst by any quarterback in the NFL this week. The Packers had 113 net passing yards, their fewest in a game since they had 110 against the Vikings in Week 10 of the 2008 season.
Milking the clock
The Bears executed their last offensive drive in near-perfect fashion, keeping the Packers off the field until there was less than a minute left in the game.
The Bears ran 18 plays for 80 yards, in a drive that lasted 8 minutes, 58 seconds. It was nearly two full minutes longer than the Bears’ longest drive this season. The 18 plays were the most they’ve run on one drive in any game in the past four seasons.
Stats to know
The Bears snapped a six-game losing streak against the Packers and won at Lambeau Field for the first time since 2007.
The loss was the Packers' first regular-season home loss in November or later since 2009 (had won 17 straight). They had won their previous 10 home games overall.