Final

Bears 10

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Packers 23

(1-1, 1-1 home)

Coverage: NFL

8:20 PM ET, September 13, 2012

Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI 

1 2 3 4 T
CHI 0 0 3 710
GB 0 13 0 1023

Top Performers

Passing: A. Rodgers (GB) - 219 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Benson (GB) - 20 CAR, 81 YDS

Receiving: J. Nelson (GB) - 6 REC, 84 YDS

Packers batter Jay Cutler, score TD on fake field goal in win over Bears

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers rattled and robbed Jay Cutler while Aaron Rodgers and Co. sputtered at times against the stout Chicago Bears defense.

So with all those stars on the field for the NFL's most storied rivalry, the biggest play of the day was a gutsy call for a perfectly executed fake field goal in Green Bay's 23-10 victory at Lambeau Field on Thursday.

With the Packers lined up for a field goal late in the second quarter, punter Tim Masthay flipped the ball to backup tight end Tom Crabtree, who streaked into the end zone.

Watching from the sideline, Rodgers thought something went wrong.

"I saw Crabby running out the back side, I couldn't believe it," Rodgers said. "That's a gutsy call. A gutsy call. You've got to score on that."

The Packers' defense did the rest.

Cutler threw four interceptions, including a pair to Tramon Williams. Facing a fierce pass rush all night, Cutler was sacked seven times, including 3 1/2 for Clay Matthews. New Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall was held to two catches for 24 yards.

It was an impressive rebound from an unsettling season-opening loss to San Francisco.

"We got kicked in the (rear end) four days ago," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "And we were motivated."

While the Packers are known for their high-octane offense, McCarthy said he'd rather have his team be known for its defense -- and Matthews certainly made an impression.

"I thought Clay was off the charts, just with the energy and production that he brought," McCarthy said.

Thursday's game was a huge step backward for the Bears, who were filled with confidence after steamrolling Indianapolis in their opener.

"Of course it was a disappointing effort," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "I thought we would play better. We're better than we showed tonight."

The Bears also lost running back Matt Forte to an ankle injury. The Bears believe Forte suffered a high ankle sprain, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

"Maybe we're not as good as we thought we were," linebacker Brian Urlacher said. "We've got a long ways to go."

Rodgers finished the game 22 of 32 for 219 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

The touchdown went to Donald Driver, who barely played in the loss to San Francisco. Driver did a celebratory dance in the end zone, recalling his stint on the "Dancing With the Stars" reality television show.

Rodgers got roughed up, too, getting sacked five times. Green Bay got a scare when the NFL MVP appeared to hurt his right arm early in the game, but he stayed in.

Cutler was 11 for 27 for 126 yards, and visibly expressed his frustration throughout the game.

"If they want a quarterback that doesn't care, they can find somebody else," Cutler said.

Bears left tackle J'Marcus Webb seemed to take the brunt of Cutler's wrath for missing on blocks that led to sacks and hits on the quarterback.

Webb downplayed the notion that Cutler yelled at him as the two walked toward the sideline in the second quarter, saying Cutler was prompting the team to move the ball and adding that everything said was "positive."

On Webb's Facebook page Friday, a post read, "There is nothing like having a bad game, but when you have it, you have to deal with it correctly. It's not how one deals with a win. How does one deal with a loss or bad game? I'm no different than you. Time to prepare. Go Bears!

Cutler threw a late touchdown to Kellen Davis, cutting the lead to 23-10 with 6:49 remaining. But the Bears couldn't mount a comeback as Matthews and the Packers kept turning up the heat.

Earlier in the week, a confident Cutler wished the Packers' defensive backs "good luck" in trying to match up physically with a new-look wide receiver corps led by Marshall. Stalked by Williams for much of the night, Marshall didn't see much of the ball. And he couldn't convert his one big opportunity, dropping a potential touchdown in the third quarter.

Forte provided much of what little offense the Bears could muster before leaving the game in the third. He appeared to twist his right ankle while being tackled by Charles Woodson.

Mason Crosby hit three field goals for Green Bay, including a 54-yarder in the fourth quarter.

The biggest play of the night, though, came from the unlikely tandem of Masthay and Crabtree.

With the Packers facing fourth-and-26 on the Chicago 27 late in the second quarter, Masthay, the punter who also functions as the holder on field goals, and Crosby appeared to line up for a field goal attempt.

But Masthay took the snap and flipped the ball to Crabtree, who ran through a huge hole and streaked all the way to the end zone.

McCarthy said the Packers have been working on the fake field goal play for two or three years, although he acknowledged it wasn't the ideal situation to bring it out.

"I was trying to send our team a message when I did call it," McCarthy said. "And, frankly, I would have been fine with the field position."

Cutler then threw an interception to Williams near midfield with just over a minute left and the play was upheld on a replay review, giving the Packers one last chance to score. Rodgers marched the Packers into scoring range, and Crosby hit a 35-yard field goal.

Marshall missed a huge opportunity early in the third, when Cutler found him streaking wide open in the end zone -- but the wide receiver couldn't haul it in, and the Bears had to settle for a 45-yard field goal by Robbie Gould that cut the lead to 13-3.

Cutler threw his second interception of the night late in the third, this time to Woodson, and the Packers appeared poised to score when Charles Tillman punched the ball away from Jermichael Finley and recovered the ball for the Bears.

Game notes


Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings was inactive with a groin injury. ... Tillman played despite a shin injury, and Urlacher played his second straight game after having knee surgery during training camp. ... Thursday's attendance was 70,543.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CHI
GB
1st Downs1119
Passing 1st downs
711
Rushing 1st downs
36
1st downs from Penalties
12
3rd down efficiency
5-154-14
4th down efficiency
1-21-1
Total Plays5766
Total Yards168321
Yards per play2.94.9
Total Drives1214
Passing74215
Comp - Att
11-2723-33
Yards per pass
2.76.5
Interceptions thrown
41
Sacks - Yards Lost
7-525-31
Rushing94106
Rushing Attempts
2328
Yards per rush
4.13.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-01-3
Penalties8-654-54
Turnovers42
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
41
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession27:4932:11

Passing Leaders

CHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Cutler11/271264.7147-52
GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rodgers22/322196.8115-31
Masthay1/12727.0100-0

Rushing Leaders

CHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Bush14543.908
Forte7314.408
GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Benson20814.1011
Cobb12828.0028

Receiving Leaders

CHIRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Forte44912.30225
Marshall22412.00145
GBRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Nelson68414.00269
Benson4358.80174

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERCHIGB
gbFG12:56Mason Crosby 48 Yd 03
gbTD01:50Tom Crabtree 27 Yd Pass From Tim Masthay (Mason Crosby Kick) 010
gbFG00:00Mason Crosby 35 Yd 013
THIRD QUARTERCHIGB
chiFG08:49Robbie Gould 45 Yd 313
FOURTH QUARTERCHIGB
gbFG11:38Mason Crosby 54 Yd 316
gbTD11:17Donald Driver 26 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 323
chiTD06:49Kellen Davis 21 Yd Pass From Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould Kick) 1023

Research Notes

Jay Cutler was under duress or sacked on 15 of his 35 (42.9 percent) dropbacks Thursday against the Packers. Over the last two seasons, only Tim Tebow has been under duress or sacked on a higher percentage of dropbacks (min. 200 dropbacks).
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Aaron Rodgers recorded a Total QBR of 29.3 on Thursday night, Jay Cutler recorded a Total QBR of 4.7.
NEXT LEVEL: Jay Cutler struggled Thursday on passes traveling more than 10 yards downfield, going 2-for-11 for 35 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Last season Cutler completed 52.7 percent of passes of that distance, seventh best among qualified quarterbacks.
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NEXT LEVEL: Brandon Marshall was targeted five times on Thursday, after being targeted 15 times in Week 1 against the Colts. Marshall caught two passes for 24 yards, which was his worst output since Week 11 of last year when he had 1 reception for five yards on four targets.
NEXT LEVEL: The Packers ran 66 offensive plays Thursday against the Bears, with all but six of them coming with a true running back on the field. In their Week 1 loss to the 49ers, Green Bay ran 30 of its 61 plays with a true running back on the field, and averaged 3.1 yards on those plays. Thursday the Packers averaged 4.7 yards per play with at least one running back on the field, and gained all but 42 of their 321 yards on those plays.
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NEXT LEVEL: The Packers sent five or more pass rushers on 13 of Jay Cutler's 35 dropbacks. Against such pressure Cutler was 2-for-9 for 24 yards and two interceptions and was sacked four times. Cutler's 22.2 completion percentage against more than four rushers is lower than the Packers allowed in any game last year.
After averaging more than 5 total sacks and turnovers per game during their 19-game win streak, the Packers defense had averaged less than 3 combined sacks and turnovers during their last five games when they compiled a 2-3 record. Their defense returned to form Thursday, averaging a turnover every 15.8 snaps, a rate three times better than their previous six games.
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This is the 8th career game which Jay Cutler has thrown 2+ interceptions while also being sacked 3+ times. Half of these have come against the Packers. The Bears lost each of the 7 previous games

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