Rodgers, Packers(55) Roll Over Bears(14) in Lambeau
GREEN BAY, WI – 11/10/2014 – It was supposed to be a battle of two talented teams that needed a win to improve their playoff positions. Both teams were coming off of a bye and had two weeks to prepare for each other. Fortunately for Packers fans, only the Packers seemed to prepare for the game. With a near-record setting performance, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers absolutely destroyed their NFC North rivals 55-14.
The first quarter wasn’t that ridiculous. Rodgers found TE’s Brandon Bostic & Andrew Quarless nine & eleven minutes into the game. That was about as good as it got for Chicago. The second quarter was when the Packers really took off. After shutting down the Bears’ offense, Rodgers found Jordy Nelson on a 73-yard catch & run touchdown. After another defensive stand, Rodgers found Jordy Nelson once again for a score, this time from 40 yards out. After a few punts from both teams, the Rodgers dumped off a pass to RB Eddie Lacy who took the ball 56-yards for a touchdown. The first half would end with Randall Cobb pulling in an 18 yard touchdown reception, Rodgers’ sixth of the half.
In the second half, the Packers gave their all-pro quarterback a chance to tie the record for most touchdowns in a game, but stalled out at the three yard line, and had to settle for a 20-yard field goal. After that drive, the starters got to watch the rest of the game and rest up for next week’s game. Matt Flynn would lead the Packers offense for the rest of the game, and the Packers’ offense would just score three more points. Unfortunately for the Bears, Jay Cutler managed to throw his second interception of the game in the fourth quarter that was returned 82-yards for another touchdown by CB Casey Hayward. The Bears would score twice, once offensively and once on a kickoff return, to avoid the shutout. As the final buzzer sounded at Lambeau Field, the Packers led 55-14 and came out with a 6-3 record.
In a career game for Aaron Rodgers, he finished 18 of 27 for 315 yards and six touchdowns. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb continued their surge, combining for 10 catches and 224 yards and three touchdowns. On the ground the Packers were pretty successful as well, carrying the ball 32 times for 132 yards. This is big for the Packers who will need to be able to run out/control the clock come playoff time, should they make it. Defensively, Clay Matthews had a great game recording 11 tackles and a sack as he played inside linebacker for the first time in his career. Along with Casey Hayward, Micah Hyde was able to intercept quarterback Jay Cutler as well.
For the Bears, the statistics doesn’t tell the story. Jay Cutler completed 22 of 37 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown. All-pro running back Matt Forte only carried the ball 17 times for just 54 yards. WR Brandon Marshall was able to pull down the offense’s only touchdown as one of his eight catches for 112 yards.
The Packers will play next on November 16th at Lambeau Field. The game will begin at 4:30pm on 98.3 WRUP with a pregame beginning at 2:30pm. Join Wayne & Mike for all of your Green Bay Packers football action!
-Carl Leander Johnson