Final

Bears 15

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Packers 21

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: NBC

8:20 PM ET, September 13, 2009

Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI 

1 2 3 4 T
CHI 0 2 10 315
GB 0 10 0 1121

Top Performers

Passing: J. Cutler (CHI) - 277 YDS, 1 TD, 4 INT

Rushing: R. Grant (GB) - 16 CAR, 61 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: G. Jennings (GB) - 6 REC, 106 YDS, 1 TD

Rodgers to Jennings caps Packers' rally over Bears

Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett who?

Aaron Rodgers finally has his signature game-winning drive, throwing a 50-yard rainbow to Greg Jennings with 1:11 remaining to give the Green Bay Packers a come-from-behind 21-15 victory over the division rival Chicago Bears in Sunday night's opener.

Fast Facts

• Jay Cutler threw a career-high four interceptions in his Bears debut. The last Bears quarterback to throw four picks in a game was Brian Griese in 2007.

• The Packers won their opener for the second straight year and won at home against the Bears for just the second time in six games.

• Bears running back Matt Forte had 55 yards on 25 carries and now has six straight games with fewer than 100 yards rushing, dating to last season. He has two rushing TDs in that span.

• After going 1-7 in games decided by seven points or fewer last season, the Packers won by less than a TD in this game.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Rodgers began 2009 with a bang, proving he can pull off the kind of late-game fireworks his predecessor, Brett Favre, once was known for. Rodgers had a productive first season as a starter, but earned some criticism for coming up short at the end of several games last season.

"I was thinking, 'We're due. We're due for one good drive,'" Rodgers said. "I told the guys, just give me one drive."

Rodgers' big throw ruined the debut of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who had a career-worst four interceptions and finished the game 17 of 36 for 277 yards with a touchdown for his new team.

"There were a lot of failures," Cutler said. "We've got to go back and look at it. I think we're still going to be a good football team, there's no need to panic."

The Bears lost a big game to their division rivals and lost several key players to injury. Brian Urlacher left with a wrist injury in the third quarter after fellow linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa left in the first half with an injured knee. Backup cornerback Trumaine McBride also injured a knee, and tight end Desmond Clark left with a back injury.

Bears coach Lovie Smith said Urlacher dislocated his wrist, and no timetable has been set for his return.

"It's pretty simple what happened tonight," Smith said. "Any time that you have four turnovers, you're normally not going to win the football game, especially against a good Packers team."

Not Making The Cut

Jay Cutler threw a career-high four interceptions on Sunday. Cutler was at his worst on third down, in which the Bears converted just 4 of 15. He completed almost as many passes to the Packers (2) as his own team (3).

Cutler by down
Down 3rd down Others
Cmp-att 3-10 14-26
Yards 52 225
TD-Int 0-2 1-2
Passer rtg 9.2 63.8

With the Packers trailing 15-13 and facing third-and-1 at the 50-yard line, Rodgers faked a handoff and heaved a rainbow of a throw deep to Jennings, who ran in for the go-ahead score. Rodgers found Jennings again for a 2-point conversion.

"This was our chance to show that we can finish ballgames, we can win the close games, and we got it done," Jennings said. "We didn't get it done all game, but when it came down to it, when it counts and when it counted, we got it done."

It's another boost for the confidence of Rodgers, who appears to have the full support of Packers fans after the messy divorce between Favre and the Packers led to a trying 2008 and disappointing 6-10 record.

Replicas of Rodgers' green No. 12 jersey dotted the grandstands Sunday night and fans booed loudly as highlights of Favre's new team, the division rival Minnesota Vikings, were shown on the stadium video board at halftime.

"It was important for us to get a win like this tonight," Rodgers said. "It'll definitely build our team character."

Rodgers finished 17 of 28 for 184 yards on an otherwise off night for the Packers' offense. But the Packers' new-look 3-4 defense put Cutler under pressure and forced him into poor decisions.

After throwing three interceptions in the first half, Cutler settled down to lead Chicago to a touchdown and a field goal in the third quarter, giving the Bears a 12-10 lead.

But Chicago's head-scratching fake punt attempt early in the fourth quarter -- they apparently were trying to catch the Packers with 12 players on the field -- gave the ball back to Packers deep in Bears territory, and Mason Crosby hit a 39-yard field goal to give Green Bay a 13-12 lead with 10:10 left.

Smith took the blame for the fake punt, but wouldn't say specifically who called it.

Cutler answered with a drive for a 21-yard field goal by Robbie Gould that gave Chicago a 15-13 lead. Rodgers got the ball back at the Green Bay 28 with 2:28 left and quickly drove the Packers to midfield, where he made the decisive throw to Jennings.

"It definitely boosts his confidence," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

McCarthy noted that Rodgers' performance came after a less-than-ideal performance by a revamped offensive line that gave up four sacks.

"He had a rough night," McCarthy said. "He was hit a bunch. Our pass protection was not what we were looking for."

Game notes


Smith classified the knee injuries to Tinoisamoa and McBride as sprains and said Clark had a back bruise. ... Bears safety Danieal Manning came through the Packers' line untouched to throw Rodgers down in the end zone for a safety in the second quarter. ... Ryan Grant scored a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter after a long interception return by Tramon Williams.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CHI
GB
1st Downs1812
Passing 1st downs
128
Rushing 1st downs
44
1st downs from Penalties
20
3rd down efficiency
4-154-14
4th down efficiency
1-30-0
Total Plays6954
Total Yards352226
Yards per play5.14.2
Total Drives1313
Passing266150
Comp - Att
17-3617-28
Yards per pass
7.45.4
Interceptions thrown
40
Sacks - Yards Lost
2-114-34
Rushing8676
Rushing Attempts
3122
Yards per rush
2.83.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-31-2
Penalties3-256-45
Turnovers40
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
40
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession33:0326:57

Passing Leaders

CHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Cutler17/362777.7142-11
GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rodgers17/281846.6104-34

Rushing Leaders

CHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Forte25552.2010
Cutler3165.3010
GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grant16613.8117
Wynn382.705

Receiving Leaders

CHIRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Hester49022.51364
Knox28241.00684
GBRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Jennings610617.71508
Driver4399.80147

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERCHIGB
gbFG08:18Mason Crosby 52 Yd 03
chiSF05:52Aaron Rodgers Tackled By Danieal Manning In End Zone 23
gbTD04:36Ryan Grant 1 Yd Run (Mason Crosby Kick) 210
THIRD QUARTERCHIGB
chiTD10:14Devin Hester 36 Yd Pass From Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould Kick) 910
chiFG03:51Robbie Gould 47 Yd 1210
FOURTH QUARTERCHIGB
gbFG10:10Mason Crosby 39 Yd 1213
chiFG02:35Robbie Gould 21 Yd 1513
gbTD01:11Greg Jennings 50 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Aaron Rodgers Pass To Greg Jennings For Two-Point Conversion) 1521