Packers at Bears Game Blog

Here we go!

7:44 PM:  Defense gets an early sack by Zombo but look shaky.

7:49 PM:  Packers got robbed by a bad whistle on a fumble but a missed field goal saves the day.

7:55 PM:  Three plays and the Packers are in the red zone! Get six now!

8:04 PM:  Packers took the 7-0 lead but as usual a special teams mistake gives the Bears great field position. Defense is going to be tested tonight!

8:09 PM:  Charles Woodson having a bad, bad night!

8:10 PM:  There is the Cutler we’ve come to love and adore! Pick in the endzone. Should have downed it though.

8:16 PM:  Three-and-out for the offense though, thanks to no running game at all.

8:17 PM:  Cutler is ripping up the Packers’ secondary. Pressure not quite getting home.

8:21 PM:  Horrible play by the Packers’ defense on 3rd and 15. The defense won’t stop them, they will have to stop themselves, which they have doing pretty well so far.

8:24 PM:  Defense held that time though, Jenkins with a huge sack. Backed up inside the 10 again. They better get some first downs this time.

8:33 PM:  Packers moving right down the field, Driver is amazing! Holding penalty probably means a field goal though. Big mistake by Daryn Colledge.

8:39 PM:  The guy can kick a 56-yard field goal but can’t kick a kickoff in bounds! Special teams will end being our undoing tonight, hate to say it. Bears will get 7 here now for sure.

8:43 PM:  Three-and-out! Holy cow! Of course the Packers follow that up with 8 penalties on the punt return. Frickin’ ridiculous! I wish I could do my job as bad as Slocum and make 100-grand a year.

8:53 PM:  Now the punter line drives one to Hester – just trying to give the game away. First and ten Bears at the Packers’ 12!

8:57 PM:  Touchdown Bears thanks to our special teams. The beginning of the end.

9:27 PM:  Nice little drive here, a TD brings mo back to our side.

9:29 PM:  Penalties and special teams! Now a holding on Sitton. Another drive stalled.

9:33 PM:  Rodgers goes 9-9 on the drive but the Packers get nothing thanks to 2 holding penalties and a blocked field goal. Merry Christmas Bears. This game is over folks.

9:41 PM:  Bears take the lead. Sad way to lose this one. Rodgers is playing great.

9:44 PM:  OK, I jumped the gun but they will probably get it on a turnover anyway.

9:50 PM:  Two more penalties and then a bad play by Driver, a delay of game penalty (no. 12 and still in the 3rd quarter) – punt her away gentleman.

9:53 PM:  Devon Hester. Special teams killed the Packers tonight. Slocum should be left in the ghetto of Chicago. See you tomorrow.

10:10 PM:  Yeah, I’m still here. Rodgers has taken the team on his shoulders. Can the defense back him up?

10:16 PM:  Guess I should have turned it off. Oh well, the Packers will have the last laugh this season when they win the division title. I can’t wait until they lay down and rest all their starters when they face the Bears again. Bears win tonight, and they are better, but the Packers are clearly the better team in the long run.

10:20 PM:  Tie game. Moving over to Twitter. Catch me @packernet.

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  • CheesyD

    Well, quite the game.

    #1 – The obvious is the 18 penalties. Come on, man!

    #2 – Coach McCarthy has no clue as to when to throw (or not throw) the red flag. Please take it away from him.

    #3 – Has anyone seen Marshawn Lynch?

    #4 – James Jones keeps making mistakes. Big ones. I’d rather seen Jordy in that role.

    #5 – Good game by Rodgers, Finley, Matthews, Kuhn, Jennings, Driver.

    #6 – No way the Be*ars are the better team. We gave them that game on a platter.

    #7 – Forget it and move on. 15-1 still sounds good. : )

    • Scot

      Jordy Nelson should be promoted to number 3 alright.

  • jimmyus333333

    This was a frustrating game…

    Same reasons we lost were the same things that needed fixing from last year team but wasn’t addressed by TT in the offseason.

    Don’t think improved ‘pad level’ will fix it this year either.

  • Paul W

    Talking points:

    It’s a conspiracy…The refs are against us.

    Big market team vs little market team so the league needed the BMT to win.

    Even though they lost the Packers are a better team.

    It’s a free country and your entitled to your opinion but “the refs screwed us” is right out of the sports fans handbook of excuses. I would love to see this coaching staff deal with the undisciplined play because it’s been going on for quite a while. I won’t hold my breath.

    If you believe there is a conspiracy that the NFL needs the big market team to win why do you watch? You might as well be doing something more constructive. (Actually that might be good advice for all of us)

    In the stat that matters the most, wins and losses, the Bears are currently the better team. It sounds rather hollow and bitter to say after your team of choice gets beat that they were the “better team”. Again right out of the sports fans handbook of excuses with Vikings fans being a prime example after last years NFC championship game. No they weren’t and no the Packers are not the better team until they beat Chicago or are ahead of them in the standings.

    The Packers are a very good team but they are not without flaws. It would be a shame if the typical standing pat response to these flaws is taken and it winds up costing a potential super bowl caliber team.

    • CheesyD

      I agree that blaming the refs in this game doesn’t cut it. 18 penalties is just embarrassing. However, I do believe it is acceptable to declare the Packers the better team despite getting the “L” last night. Even to the casual observer, the Packers were clearly the better team. Reading the reports this morning on ESPN, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports, etc… the consensus is clear. Yes, the Bears are 3-0 but the Packers are the better team and will come out on top of the NFC North. As for the Bears… even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and then. Doesn’t make it the biggest and baddest squirrel on the block.

  • Jack in Columbus

    I did not see a single penalty called on the Packers that I thought was outside the rules. I did, however, see a LOT of holding by the Bears’ O-Line that was not called. That said, we did not lose this game solely because of penalties. We lost because the other team outplayed us when it counted. Packers 4 of 10 on third down. Aging OTs whiffing on their men. Sitton fails to pinch and lets his man block a chip shot field goal. The punt coverage unit doesn’t cover. There is plenty of blame to go around (except maybe to ARod, who played very well). This team’s personnel … and play … is not all that different from last year’s — is this a surprise to anyone? Not me.

  • LarryTex

    CHI will not win Div w/ STs and GB will not lose Div because of STs. Firing Slocum will not correct Goode from wiffing on Hester in the middle nor Mashey (or whatever his name is) from out kicking his coverage.
    What, 17 penalties (how many yds did we have taken away?), from A to Z (yeah, Arod to Zombo, how apropos?).
    Finally, we all knew BJax can’t cut it, but you don’t fire MM because Jones’ strip doesn’t go out of bounds, and you don’t fire TT because Quarles doesn’t catch the TD costing us another 4 points.
    Dejected and disapointed, yes, but not disheartened. We were 4-4 last year before the surge. I say blame this one on the fact that Pickett, Raji, and Jenkins were gassed in the 4th, simply because we had no rotation due to the injuries. That sums it up for me!

    • http://Orlando Mark

      Good point about the D-line rotation. I guess that’s why we used the psycho package so much. If we hadn’t wasted a roster spot on Harrell we would have had Toribio and a better D-line. I also agree it’s a long season and there’s time to to get better including getting some players healthy. Cant wait to play the Bears at home last game of the year.

    • Jack in Columbus

      Quarless did not cost us any points. Rodgers scored a TD on the very next play after his drop.

      • LarryTex

        I thought that was the FG, oops!

  • jimmyus333333

    We are 1 more quarter of Michael Vick away from being 1-2 this season.

    When you stick with young guys year-after-year, and cut your vets and Probowlers, what do you get? Missed assignments, poor tackles, more penalties, more fumbles, missed coverage, poor special teams play…

    And then when you have more penalties then points in a critical/divisional game…and when you regain your lead as the NFL Penalty King for the 4th year in a row, it’s not an accident or misfortune or something that “we need to work on” anymore.

    Sometime soon, more fans will start to figure this out.

    • LarryTex

      Hey, Jimmy, plenty of penalties called on our veterans last night……!

  • Skyler

    Why do we have 4 TE’s and 3 FB’s???? IMO, we should have 2 TE’s and 2 FB’s. The other three positions should be 2 additional running backs and one true returner. Plus, with 4 solid wide receivers, we did not need other. That position should have went to the defensive line (Toribio).

    This position management by TT will be a huge factor this season. Aaron, Charles, Clay, Cullen, Nick, BJ, Nick B, Brandon, Donald, Greg, JerMichael will need to give two quarts of blood. It is a lot of pressure to put these guys.

    Be smart….. get a First and Second down running back and a true speedster for a returner.

  • Scot

    If Ted does not trade for Lynch, or some other high powered back that defenses are forced to respect, and if McCarthy does not find a way to straighten out all the Special Teams problems, then their heads will roll. Fans can only stand excuses for so long, and they will demand changes. I hope Mark Murphy will not just stand idle on these issues. Sometimes it take a little nudge from the top to push mules to do better.

  • Paul W

    I can talk all day long about how the team I root for is better than the team/teams I root against. But what is it that makes them “clearly” better? Potential? Hyped up talent? Awesome pre-season stats or inflated stats from non-competitive games the last couple of years? Because in the games that really mattered last year (The Viking games and the playoff game against Arizona especially) that potential and talent didn’t produce a win. And winning is what ultimately defines what is a “better” team. Right now the team that is winning is the Bears and for me or anyone else to say that they are not going to win the division is just speculation flavored with green and gold bias

    I can talk a big game all I want about how great the Packers are but until they produce winning results that match the big talk then I’m just flapping my gums.

  • Sammy

    Many of you scoffed at me when I stated in preseason how important special teams are..especially Rockhead 70. I said I would count the games lost, in large part by, poor special teams play. 3 last year….1 this year already. Not solely, but a large component to last nights loss. I didn’t sleep a wink after that game…shit!