Final

Bears 21

(5-8, 1-6 away)

Packers 34

(7-6, 4-3 home)

1:00 PM ET, December 7, 2003

 

1 2 3 4 T
CHI 14 0 0 721
GB 0 13 6 1534

Stewart sacked on own 1 to seal win

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Mike McKenzie is a man of his word.

After getting burned early for a 61-yard score, McKenzie promised to make amends.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen
Question on the Bears: Are there any aspects of the offense that you think are set for next year?
Of course, this all depends on what the coaching staff's vision for this team is. Different offensive schemes often help to determine what kind of personnel is needed to fit that particular scheme. But going into next season, the only position that truly looks safe is RB Anthony Thomas'. He has had spots during this season where he has been highly effective and earned the Bears' victories. He'll definitely be the starting RB next season

Question on the Packers: Why has the rushing attack been less efficient the past two weeks?
The Packers' rushing attack has been the main focus of opposing defenses the past two weeks. More and more opposing defensive coordinators are making the decision to let QB Brett Favre beat them instead of Ahman Green. The thought process is that Favre has the better chance to make a mistake and hand a team the game because of his propensity to throw interceptions.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

"He said on the sideline, 'Don't worry, I'll get it back for you guys," Packers teammate Na'il Diggs said.

McKenzie sure did, picking off two second-half passes and returning his second one 90 yards for a touchdown to spark Green Bay's 34-21 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

In the first quarter, Marty Booker blew past McKenzie and hauled in Kordell Stewart's pass at the 20, then trotted untouched into the end zone for a 7-0 Bears lead.

"I was in shock about it," McKenzie said. "I'd never given up a play when the guy ran right by me like that. I told the guys, 'That was definitely my fault. I'm going to get it back."

Did he ever.

"Mike has a short memory," Packers defensive coordinator Ed Donatell said. "And I love that to the dickens."

The Packers (7-6) were clinging to a 19-14 lead with just over nine minutes left when McKenzie stepped in front of receiver Dez White and picked off Stewart's pass at his 10-yard line and ran it all the way back.

"I was licking my chops. I was hoping it was a quick throw," said McKenzie, who broke just as Stewart released the ball.

"I thought my momentum would take me out of bounds, but I saw all that green grass ahead of me," McKenzie said after his second career two-pickoff performance and second career interception return for a touchdown.

Stewart hoped to deceive McKenzie.

"It just so happened he played it smart," Stewart said. "I tried to throw it outside. He broke on it pretty good."

Dick Jauron, whose fate as Chicago's coach might have been sealed with the defeat, figured it was a safe call: if the Bears didn't get the first down, they'd settle for a short field goal.

"You think at the worst you're going to be two down, then all of a sudden, the whole thing is turned around," he said. "It was a long day."

McKenzie's day could have been bigger had he not dropped another interception in the closing minutes.

No matter, Grady Jackson sacked Stewart at the 1 on fourth down on the next play, and Ahman Green ran it in to make it 34-14.

Green ran 30 times for 80 yards. He needed 92 to break Jim Taylor's 41-year-old single-season rushing record, the oldest team rushing mark in the NFL.

"So what? We won the game," Green said. "I don't care about no record. All I worry about is our record at the end of December. Records come and go. That's all I'm going to talk about that record."

After Green's TD, Jerry Azumah returned the ensuing kickoff for an 88-yard score, snapping Green Bay's streak of 34 unanswered points.

That was of little consolation to the Bears (5-8), who took a quick 14-0 lead, but turned the ball over five times and gained just 44 yards rushing.

McKenzie also picked off Stewart in the third quarter, and that led to Ryan Longwell's 35-yard field goal that gave Green Bay its first lead at 16-14. Longwell also was good from 24, 38, and 45 yards.

Brett Favre completed 22 of 33 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown. He improved to 20-4 against Chicago.

The Packers started slowly for the second straight week.

Three plays after Booker's TD, linebacker Lance Briggs picked off Favre's fluttering throwaway pass and returned it 45 yards for a score.

"I was just throwing it as hard as I could. If it got up to the 50th row, great," Favre said.

It didn't come close and suddenly the Packers were down 14-0.

"I might have been the only one in the stadium who wasn't worried," said Favre.

Longwell kicked two field goals and Favre threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Javon Walker to pull the Packers to 14-13 at halftime.

Favre tied two records on the play: Dan Marino's NFL mark of 24 straight games with a touchdown pass against one opponent (Marino's victims were the New York Jets) and Cecil Isbell's team record of 22 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. Isbell set the mark in 1941-42.

When they were down two touchdowns, Favre was quiet.

"Any time you spot a team 14 points, it's tough to come back," Favre said. "I didn't feel a need to go over and say anything to the guys, though."

McKenzie had already done that.

Game notes


The Packers wore No. 3 decals on their helmets in honor of late Hall of Fame halfback Tony Canadeo, who died last week. ... Favre eclipsed Forrest Gregg's team record by playing in his 188th straight regular-season game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Chicago
Green Bay
1st Downs1317
3rd down efficiency
5-175-17
4th down efficiency
0-30-1
Total Yards275307
Yards per play4.44.3
Total Drives01
Passing231210
Comp-Att
17-4022-33
Yards per pass
5.86.4
Interceptions thrown
31
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-250-0
Rushing4497
Rushing Attempts
2038
Yards per rush
2.22.6
Penalties5-458-57
Turnovers51
Fumbles lost
20
Interceptions thrown
31
Possession24:3635:24

Passing Leaders

CHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Stewart17/402566.4133-25
GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre22/332106.4110-0

Rushing Leaders

CHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas9222.409
Stewart3227.3016
GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Green30802.7110
Davenport4164.0013

Receiving Leaders

CHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Booker511523.0161
Terrell5489.6021
GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ferguson77911.3020
Walker45012.5122

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCHIGB
TD13:14MARTY BOOKER 61 YD PASS FROM KORDELL STEWART (PAUL EDINGER KICK)
Drive: 4 plays, 83 yds, 2:10
70
TD14:10LANCE BRIGGS 45 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (PAUL EDINGER KICK) 140
SECOND QUARTERCHIGB
FG3:48RYAN LONGWELL 24 YD
Drive: 11 plays, 54 yds, 4:38
143
FG5:03RYAN LONGWELL 38 YD
Drive: 4 plays, 1 yds, 1:06
146
TD12:17JAVON WALKER 22 YD PASS FROM BRETT FAVRE (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
Drive: 9 plays, 86 yds, 5:10
1413
THIRD QUARTERCHIGB
FG8:08RYAN LONGWELL 35 YD
Drive: 9 plays, 35 yds, 4:39
1416
FG14:17RYAN LONGWELL 45 YD
Drive: 8 plays, 36 yds, 5:01
1419
FOURTH QUARTERCHIGB
TD5:44MIKE MCKENZIE 90 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (BRETT FAVRE PASS TO BUBBA FRANKS FOR TWO-POINT CONVERSION) 1427
TD12:34AHMAN GREEN 2 YD RUN (RYAN LONGWELL KICK)
Drive: 2 plays, 1 yds, :49
1434
TD12:47JERRY AZUMAH 88 YD KICKOFF RETURN (PAUL EDINGER KICK) 2134