Bears can't stop Rodgers, lose 38-17 to Packers after back-to-back victories on road



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CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears were coming off prime-time victories on each coast. Then, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers came to town, and the result was all too familiar for the Bears.

Aaron Rodgers threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns, and Green Bay shook off one of its worst offensive performances in years with a 38-17 victory over Chicago on Sunday.

"Certainly it was evident today that Aaron Rodgers was at his best, the Green Bay passing game was at its best, we weren't able to get enough of a rush to hurry him enough, and when we did he got outside and made the plays," Bears coach Marc Trestman said.

The Packers (2-2) scored on their first six possessions to build a 38-17 lead. They racked up 358 yards after being held to 223, their lowest total since 2008, a week earlier in a 19-7 loss at Detroit.

They intercepted Jay Cutler twice in the third quarter to pull away from the Bears (2-2). That gave Green Bay five straight wins at Soldier Field, including the NFC title game four years ago and a playoffs-or-bust finale for both teams last season.

For Chicago, the loss was a letdown after back-to-back wins in prime time at San Francisco and the New York Jets. The Bears finally got their run game going, but their defense got carved up.

Rodgers posted a 151.2 rating for the game, completing 22 of 28 passes, and had all the time he needed with five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen sitting out because of an illness.

He threw two touchdown passes each to Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, and a fifth got called back by a penalty. That happened early in the third when a scrambling Rodgers got hit by at least one defender while unleashing an awkward, wobbly 34-yard pass that somehow connected with Davante Adams in the end zone.

Cobb had seven catches for 113 yards. Nelson had 10 receptions for 108 yards, and the Packers came away with the win despite allowing 496 yards.

The offenses were so effective — or the defenses struggled so badly — that neither team punted. That happened only once before in a regular-season NFL game, 22 years ago.

"Interesting," Nelson said. "Obviously, turnovers were a big thing. It's fun, especially when you're putting up points and having a good time."

The Bears basically matched Green Bay score for score before Cutler threw those interceptions. He wound up passing for 256 yards and two TDs but fell to 1-10 lifetime against Green Bay, counting the postseason.

Matt Forte ran for 122 yards on 23 carries. Martellus Bennett had nine catches for a career-high 134 yards, but Chicago fell to 0-2 at home.

"I thought we were playing well, I thought we were moving the ball well," Cutler said. "We were changing it up. I thought (Trestman) called a really good game. We just had some unfortunate things happen to us that kind of derailed us, and they didn't."

Mason Crosby kicked a 53-yard field goal on the opening possession of the second half to extend the Packers' lead to 24-17, and things unraveled for the Bears after that.

Chicago had the ball on the Green Bay 24 when Cutler hit cornerback Tramon Williams in the chest with a pass. The ball ricocheted to Clay Matthews, who returned it 45 yards. That led to an 11-yard scoring pass from Rodgers to Nelson, making it 31-17.

Another interception set up another TD for the Packers. This time, Brandon Marshall went long when Cutler expected him to cut back toward the quarterback.

The pass went right to Sam Shields, who crossed the field on a 62-yard return to put the ball at the 11. Chicago's Jonathan Bostic got called for a hold, negating a field goal by Crosby to start the fourth quarter, and Rodgers hit Cobb from the 3 to make it 38-17.

"It's unfortunate because we had a great call there, we probably are going to pick up 15 or 20 there and keep it moving," Cutler said of Shields' pick. "I wish we could get that one back, for sure."

The Packers took a 21-17 lead to the locker room after the two teams combined for 508 yards. Chicago missed a touchdown by inches when Bennett got stopped just short of the end zone on an 8-yard catch. Cutler thought Bennett reached across the goal line before getting taken down, but the call was upheld after a review.

Notes: The only other regular-season game without a punt was between Buffalo and San Francisco on Sept. 13, 1992. ... Green Bay's Julius Peppers was in on two tackles in his return to Soldier Field, and fans booed the former Bear when he stopped Forte on the game's first play from scrimmage. ... Forte eclipsed 10,000 total yards for his career. He has 10,037.


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