Bears 26

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Packers 0

(0-1, 0-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:15 PM ET, September 10, 2006

Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI 

1 2 3 4 T
CHI 7 9 3 726
GB 0 0 0 00

Top Performers

Passing: R. Grossman (CHI) - 262 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Green (GB) - 20 CAR, 110 YDS

Receiving: M. Muhammad (CHI) - 6 REC, 102 YDS

Favre suffers first career shutout as Bears blank Pack

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Brett Favre is back.

It was over when ...
The Packers had a third down. Green Bay was just 1-for-11 in third-down conversions.
Game ball goes to ...
The Bears' defense. The unit not only handed Brett Favre the first shutout of his career but also ended the Packers' 233-game streak without a shutout, the fourth-longest streak in league history.
Scouts Inc.'s take ...
The Bears dominated in all phases of the game, shutting out the Packers at Lambeau Field. The mismatch of the outstanding Chicago defense against the decimated Packers offense was evident all day. The lone bright spot for Green Bay was the impressive return of running back Ahman Green. Green ran hard, often creating his own holes, ending the day with 110 yards averaging 5.5 yards per carry.

Lovie Smith's team played a complete game. QB Rex Grossman was sharp, although his inexperience showed on a couple poor decisions. Thomas Jones ran hard, Muhsin Muhammad was outstanding, Desmond Clark proved to be a weapon, Devin Hester was explosive, Robbie Gould was money and the defense was dominant. Chicago's balance was impressive with 361 yards of offense and a defensive shutout on the road.

The Chicago Bears did their best to make sure nobody noticed.

The Bears delivered the first shutout of Favre's 16-year career on Sunday, beating the Green Bay Packers 26-0 at Lambeau Field.

"I was optimistic going into this game, I really was," Favre said. "Maybe I was the only one, but I really felt like we could surprise these guys. Obviously, that was not the case."

For the Bears, shutting out Favre -- who has a 21-8 career record against the Bears -- took away some of the sting of their 29-21 playoff loss to Carolina in January.

"That guy is going to be a Hall of Famer, he's going to have his bust in Canton, Ohio, and I can say that I was a part of that," defensive end Adewale Ogunleye said.

Bears coach Lovie Smith called Favre, a three-time MVP, one of the "all-time great quarterbacks."

"It's hard to get a shut out in the National Football League anytime," Smith said. "To get it on the road with No. 4 as the quarterback is definitely special."

Favre, who deliberated for several months before deciding to return to the Packers this season, spent much of the first half on the sideline as quarterback Rex Grossman led Chicago on several long drives.

Grossman found wide receiver Bernard Berrian for a 49-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive. It was the Bears' only offensive touchdown of the day, but Chicago continued to move the ball well enough to keep the ball largely out of Favre's hands.

Elias Says

Chicago Bears
The Bears defeated the Packers 26-0, equaling the second-largest shutout score by a visiting team at Lambeau Field. The Bears shut out the Packers by the same score in 1977, and the Lions won 40-0 in 1970.

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And when Favre was in the game, he mostly handed off -- until it was too late.

Favre threw only five passes in the first half, completing all five for only 70 yards.

"We had a plan we wanted to stick to," Favre said. "When do you abandon that plan, I don't know. The bottom line, we got outplayed in every facet of the game. We wanted to set the tempo early and establish the running game. Once we fell behind, we had to try to do something."

The Packers opened up the offense in the second half, but Favre couldn't find the end zone and threw interceptions to Charles Tillman and Danieal Manning in the fourth quarter.

"Yeah, give them credit," Favre said. "[But] maybe we just ain't very good."

New Packers coach Mike McCarthy didn't blame Favre. He was more concerned about his team's inability to convert on third down -- they were 1-for-11 -- or protect Favre.

McCarthy said the Packers' two rookie guards, a major concern going into the season, performed acceptably in run blocking. But Favre was sacked three times -- including once when rookie guard Jason Spitz stepped on his foot.

Favre, who threw a career-worst 29 interceptions last season, finished 15-of-29 for 170 yards.

McCarthy said he "thought about" but "didn't consider" replacing Favre with backup Aaron Rodgers.

Grossman has been limited by injuries to only seven regular-season starts in his previous three NFL seasons but seems to have no problem outdueling Favre at Lambeau Field when healthy.

Grossman was 18-of-26 for 262 yards as he ran his career record to 3-0 at Lambeau Field.

"We were able to move the ball up and down the field, but I'd still like to finish up some of those drives," Grossman said. "That's going to be key in the coming weeks, because eventually the other team will score."

On the Bears' sixth play from scrimmage, Grossman heaved a deep pass to Berrian, who caught it in stride and turned it into a 49-yard touchdown.

After the Packers went three-and-out with three straight running plays to Ahman Green, Grossman threw an interception to linebacker Nick Barnett on the next series.

Green, who is returning from a torn quardriceps last season, carried 20 times for 110 yards.

Grossman and the Bears kept moving the ball with downfield passing plays, setting up kicker Robbie Gould for four field goals.

The Packers offense reached Bears territory only twice in the first half. They turned the ball over on a failed quarterback sneak by Favre early in the second quarter, and the half ended on a missed 53-yard field-goal attempt by Dave Rayner.

The Bears scored their second touchdown on an 84-yard punt return by Devin Hester, giving the Bears a 26-0 lead early in the fourth quarter.

The loss ruined the debut of McCarthy, who said young players must learn from their mistakes.

"If they don't learn from their mistakes, they won't be in there any more," McCarthy said.

Game notes

Packers fullback William Henderson was inactive on Sunday, only the third time he has missed a game in 11-plus seasons. ... Bears safety Chris Harris left the game with an ankle injury in the third quarter. ... It was the first time the Packers were shut out since a 10-0 victory by the Bears on Oct. 17, 1991 -- a streak of 233 games. It was the fourth-longest such streak in league history and second-longest active streak. The Minnesota Vikings have not been shut out in 236 games. ... It was the Bears' first shutout since a 24-0 victory at Detroit on Dec. 30, 2001.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1814
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6456
Total Yards361267
Yards per play5.64.8
Total Drives1111
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-40-0
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

chiTD12:12Bernard Berrian, 49 yd pass from Rex Grossman (Robbie Gould kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 78 yds, 2:55
chiFG13:48Robbie Gould 32 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 62 yds, 4:03
chiFG6:34Robbie Gould 31 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 36 yds, 4:33
chiFG4:42Robbie Gould 20 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 6 yds, 1:45
chiFG1:50Robbie Gould 22 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 54 yds, 5:12
chiTD14:24Devin Hester, 84 yd punt return (Robbie Gould kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 6 yds, 2:41