CHICAGO (AP) -- Not this time for the Chicago Bears.
For two straight weeks, the Bears had pulled off fantastic
finishes to win when it didn't seem possible. Against Green Bay on
Sunday, the luck ran out.
Brett Favre and the Packers' defense were too good to let it
"I would have preferred to be up by 30. They got close and they
had my attention," Favre said after a final Bears' drive fizzled
in the closing seconds and the Packers had a 20-12 victory.
"I was watching a week ago, the end of that game and I was
amazed like everyone else," Favre said.
After dramatic comeback wins over the 49ers and Browns on
overtime interceptions by Mike Brown in each game, Chicago's
six-game winning streak was over.
"We still believed all the way until the last pass hit the
ground," Bears defensive end Phillip Daniels said.
Where do you see the Bears finishing the season?
It looks like Chicago's next two games -- both on the road (Tampa Bay and Minnesota) -- will dictate which direction their season takes. The Bears are performing well on defense, but the offense needs to make more plays.
The Bears didn't run the ball effectively today, and the passing game couldn't keep them in it. There was no Hail Mary miracle to rescue Chicago today. They ran out of luck -- and they ran into Brett Favre.
ESPN.com's Vinny Cerrato was director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.
The Packers (6-2) moved into a first-place tie with the Bears
(6-2) in the NFC Central. All Chicago had to show offensively was
four field goals by Paul Edinger, even though the Bears moved
inside the Packers 25 four times.
"That's one throw I'd like to have back. You want to make a
perfect throw and it didn't happen," said Miller, who'd been
injured the last two weeks while Shane Matthews engineered the
"We always got a chance. Down by eight, we get that fourth
down, who knows?" said Bears rookie David Terrell.
But the Packers and their aggressive defense were determined to
keep the Bears out of the end zone in the first of two meetings
between the NFL's oldest rivals who began playing in 1921.
"That's what I was saying on the field, `No TDs, no TDs,"'
Packers linebacker Bernardo Harris said. "We couldn't let them
score a touchdown and then get a two-point conversion and go to
"I knew if we kept playing physical up front and didn't give up
the big play, we'd be OK."
"The A-Train came out on the first drive and had some 10-yard
plus runs. The fact that he had just 45 yards rushing is a huge
credit to our defense," Green Bay's Vonnie Holiday said. "It's
difficult to get 11 guys on one accord but right now we're doing
Favre, with little pressure from the Bears' pass rush, rolled
left and drilled a 9-yard TD pass to Freeman to give the Packers a
17-9 lead in the third quarter.
It capped a 74-yard drive in just eight plays as Favre also hit
Schroeder with back-to-back passes of 23 and 19 yards.
After Edinger kicked a 41-yarder to get the Bears within five
late in the third, Favre started another drive in the fourth. He
hit Freeman with a 31-yarder and William Henderson on a 24-yarder
to the Bears 14.
On second down, Favre passed to Schroeder, who apparently caught
the ball and lost it after a hit by Walt Harris, but officials
ruled an incomplete pass. Two plays later, Ryan Longwell's 31-yard
field goal gave the Packers a 20-12 lead with 9:10 left.
Schroeder, who'd missed the previous two games with a sprained
ankle, got behind Harris and safety Tony Parrish to catch a 41-yard
TD pass with 45 seconds in the half as the Packers took their first
lead at 10-6.
Edinger kicked a 38-yarder on the final play of the half to cut
the lead to one.
Chicago moved to the Packers 16 on its first possession behind
the running of Thomas, but had to call on Edinger for a 37-yarder.
After a scrambling Favre was intercepted by Brown, Edinger made
a 47-yarder when his kick hit the cross bar and bounced over for a
Bernardo Harris recovered a fumble by Daimon Shelton after a
pass reception and Longwell, who had six misses entering the game,
hit a 40-yarder.
The Packers moved into scoring position again, reaching the
Bears 15, before Green fumbled and Ted Washington recovered.
Favre, 15-4 against the Bears, including 9-1 at Soldier Field,
completed 19 of 32 passes for 268 yards. Miller was 28-of-47 for
Brown, the hero of wins over the 49ers and Browns, left the
game in the fourth quarter with a slight concussion. ... Favre
extended his league record for a quarterback to 149 straight
starts. He now has 272 career TD passes, one behind Joe Montana for
No. 6 on the career list.