Bears Crumble in the Second Half: Lose to the Packers 38-17

The chants of “Go Pack Go” in Soldier Field just added more salt to the wounds.

After a wild Bears-Packers shootout in the first half, the Bears secondary could not get it together and the Packers scored 19 straight points in the second half on their way to a 38-17 rout of the Bears. 

The Bears had their running game clicking on all cylinders during the first half as they racked up 130 yards in the first half, against the Packers’ 30th ranked run defense.  The Bears also nearly had a chance to gain the momentum at the end of the first half, but Martellus Bennett was stopped just short of the end zone as time expired.

However, Aaron Rodgers just seemed too much for the Bears. While the Bears were able to hold the Packers to 56 yards, which would be an accomplishment, the Bears gave up 302 yards in the air with Rodgers going 22 for 28 and four touchdowns. The Bears pass rush was slow to get to Rodgers, and when they did finally were able to put pressure, Rodgers was able to find his receivers who found the holes in the Bears secondary.

“We didn’t get the type of pass rush we needed today. He was able to extend plays,” stated Bears head coach Marc Trestman.

Jay Cutler also threw two interceptions, the first one intended for Josh Morgan, but was deflected into the hands of Clay Matthews and the second one involved miscommunication between Cutler and Marshall, as Marshall ran a go-route when Cutler expected him to comeback. Instead the ball ended up in the hands of Sam Shields.

If there is a silver lining in this, the Bears were able to grind up 235 yards on the ground, with Matt Forte snagging 122 of  them. Martellus Bennett also had 134 receiving yards from nine catches in their loss.

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