Final

Packers 27

(3-0, 2-0 away)

Bears 17

(1-2, 1-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:15 PM ET, September 25, 2011

Soldier Field, Chicago, IL 

1 2 3 4 T
GB 7 10 3 727
CHI 0 10 0 717

Top Performers

Passing: J. Cutler (CHI) - 302 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: R. Grant (GB) - 17 CAR, 92 YDS

Receiving: G. Jennings (GB) - 9 REC, 119 YDS

Aaron Rodgers fuels Packers as sloppy, inefficient Bears fall again

Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Aaron Rodgers wasn't sure how to rate this one.

Never mind that the Green Bay Packers took control from the start and won again at Soldier Field to remain unbeaten.

"We just won a big division game against a rival on the road, and I think there's a feeling that we could have played a little better," he said.

Rodgers threw for 297 yards, including three touchdown passes to Jermichael Finley, and the Packers shut down Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears on the way to a 27-17 victory Sunday.

The stakes weren't as high as the previous meeting, when the Packers left Chicago's home field celebrating the NFC title on the way to the championship. Even so, they gave the Bears (1-2) more headaches in the NFL's longest-running series.

Rodgers led the charge, completing 28 of 38 passes. He threw his first interception of the season, when Brian Urlacher picked him off with the Packers leading 27-17 in the fourth quarter.

The Bears took over at their 45, but two penalties -- holding by Chris Spencer and unnecessary roughness on Devin Hester for a confrontation with Sam Shields -- ended any shot at a comeback.

Rodgers hit Finley with a 6-yard TD on the game's opening drive, a 7-yarder early in the second quarter that made it 14-0, and a 10-yarder that gave the Packers (3-0) a commanding 27-10 lead early in the fourth.

Greg Jennings caught nine passes for 119 yards, while Finley finished with seven receptions and 85 yards. Ryan Grant ran for 92, and Morgan Burnett intercepted Cutler twice on passes intended for Roy Williams to help the Packers remain unbeaten.

Even so, Rodgers said they're still not quite "clicking." He sees more balance between the run and pass, but he still sees room to improve on offense, defense and special teams.

"I think we have the potential to get better, and I don't know how many wins that means or the playoffs or whatever, but I just think we can play better football," he said. "The standard we've set around Green Bay is excellence, so until we're at that point, there's going to be a lot of hard work during the week."

He'll get no argument from Jennings.

"We have things to work on and we're still trying to steadily improve; we're not satisfied by any means," Jennings said.

For the Bears, it was simply a brutal performance.

Their quarterback struggled in a big way and the running game was nonexistent again as Chicago dropped its second straight after an impressive win over Atlanta.

The Bears managed just 13 yards rushing. And with 12 attempts, they matched their second fewest for the second straight game.

Against New Orleans last week, they called 52 pass plays and handed off 11 times, with a scramble by Cutler bringing the total to 12.

Coach Lovie Smith credited Green Bay's defense and said, "If you don't get your running game going, you have to look at what the other side of the ball did."

Clearly, though, the Bears have some work to do.

"That means they probably have to work on that for next week because it didn't work today," Green Bay's B.J. Raji said. "But on a more serious note, we've played good backs this whole season, I know there is emphasis in the media on (Matt) Forte getting the ball, but we knew if took care of business he wouldn't be a factor."

For Forte, "it's frustrating." He had just 2 yards on nine runs -- or less than a quarter of a yard per attempt.

Things were so bad against Green Bay that fans cheered sarcastically when he gained 3 yards early in the third period. But it wasn't like the quarterback was lighting things up, either.

Cutler was 21 of 37 with two touchdowns and two interceptions and threw six straight incompletions to start the second half against a defense that allowed Drew Brees and Cam Newton to throw for more than 400. Worse, the Packers were without Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins, who suffered a season-ending neck injury the previous week.

Even so, Cutler couldn't take advantage.

About the only good news for him was he stayed healthy after spending most of the second half of that NFC title game on the sideline with a knee injury -- while current and former players questioned his toughness on Twitter.

While Cutler struggled, it wasn't a good game either for Williams. He was targeted four times and did not catch a pass after sitting out a game with a groin injury.

It was a better day for Johnny Knox, who caught four passes for 84 yards, but the Packers clearly controlled this one.

"Lot of miscues," Cutler said. "There were spurts of good football, just inconsistent, and against a team like that you are never going to beat them."

Game notes


Packers OT Bryan Bulaga left with a bruised left knee early in the game and did not return. ... Chicago's franchise low for yards rushing in a game is 1 at the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 26, 1952. The Bears' record for fewest attempts is 11 -- at Minnesota in 2009 and Philadelphia in 1994.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GB
CHI
1st Downs2412
Passing 1st downs
1711
Rushing 1st downs
61
1st downs from Penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
5-133-12
4th down efficiency
0-00-1
Total Plays6952
Total Yards392291
Yards per play5.75.6
Total Drives1315
Passing292278
Comp - Att
28-3821-37
Yards per pass
7.77.5
Interceptions thrown
12
Sacks - Yards Lost
2-53-24
Rushing10013
Rushing Attempts
2912
Yards per rush
3.41.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-51-2
Penalties7-3510-70
Turnovers22
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
12
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession37:2922:31

Passing Leaders

GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rodgers28/382977.8312-5
CHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Cutler21/373028.2223-24

Rushing Leaders

GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grant17925.4014
Starks1150.508
CHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Cutler3113.709
Forte920.205

Receiving Leaders

GBRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Jennings911913.202510
Finley78512.13248
CHIRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Knox48421.00409
Forte78011.40288

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGBCHI
gbTD11:25Jermichael Finley 6 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERGBCHI
gbTD12:00Jermichael Finley 7 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 140
chiTD08:12Dane Sanzenbacher 4 Yd Pass From Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould Kick) 147
gbFG01:51Mason Crosby 37 Yd 177
chiFG00:49Robbie Gould 25 Yd 1710
THIRD QUARTERGBCHI
gbFG06:32Mason Crosby 28 Yd 2010
FOURTH QUARTERGBCHI
gbTD12:49Jermichael Finley 10 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 2710
chiTD11:46Kellen Davis 32 Yd Pass From Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould Kick) 2717

Research Notes

NEXT LEVEL: Jay Cutler and Roy Williams entered Sunday as one of just 10 passing duos in the NFL with a perfect completion percentage on a minimum of four passing targets this season. The two had previously connected on 4 of 4 passes for 55 yards in the first two weeks. The chemistry fizzled on Sunday as Cutler finished 0 of 4 on passes targeted at Williams resulting in one defended pass and two interceptions.
NEXT LEVEL: Aaron Rodgers finished Sunday 7 of 8 when throwing to tight end Jermichael Finley. Rodgers is now 15 of 17 when targeting Finley this season. Entering Sunday, the Rodgers to Finley connection had the highest completion percentage (85.3 percent) among any quarterback-tight end combo with at least 30 attempts since the start of last season.
NEXT LEVEL: Jay Cutler was just 2 of 8 with two interceptions when throwing at least 15 yards downfield Sunday. It's the 6th straight game against the Packers Cutler has thrown an interception of that length, including the 2010 NFC Championship Game.
NEXT LEVEL: The Bears ran the ball 12 times Sunday and six of those attempts went for negative yardage. Entering Sunday, only 14.6 percent of the Bears' rushing attempts since the start of last season went for negative yardage, not including kneel downs.

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