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Without Rodgers, Packers lose to Bears, 27-20

Green Bay may have lost much more than a rivalry game at Lambeau Field Monday night.
GREEN BAY (WFRV) - The injuries suffered this season by key players such as Clay Matthews, Jermichael Finley, and Randall Cobb, and subsequent four game win streak led some Packers fans to make comparisons to the 2010 Super Bowl Championship season, when the team overcame numerous injuries on their road to a championship.

Monday night, however, the Pckers lost their team's most indispensable player.

Aaron Rodgers left the game with a left (non-throwing) shoulder injury in the first quarter, after being slammed to the turf by Bears defensive end Shea McClellin.  He went to the locker room for x-rays, and returned to the field in street clothes in the second half. 

Mike McCarthy didn't go into specifics on the injury following the game, saying he would know more on Tuesday.  McCarthy is scheduled to meet with the media at 4:45 Tuesday afternoon.

Backup quarterback Seneca Wallace entered the contest upon Rodgers' injury.  He completed 11 of 19 passes for 114 yards, throwing an interception to Julius Peppers in the first half.

Green Bay's run game attempted to pick up the offensive slack.  Eddie Lacy set a new single-game rookie record with 150 yards rushing on 22 carries and a touchdown.  James Starks added a 32 yard touchdown run in the first quarter which gave the Packers a 10-7 lead.

The story of the game, however (other than Rodgers injury) was the Packers' defense's inability to get off the field and stop the Bears' offense.  Josh McCown, starting in place of the injured Jay Cutler, threw for 272 yards and a pair of scores.  Matt Forte had 125 yards rushing and 54 yards receiving. 

The backbreaker, however, was an 18 play, 80 yard drive by the Bears in the 4th quarter which chewed up nearly 9 minutes of the clock, ending in a Robbie Gould field goal with under a minute to go, putting the Bears up 27-20.  Wallace couldn't lead the Packers down the field to a score, and Chicago finished off the road victory.

Green Bay, Chicago, and Detroit are now tied atop the NFC North with 5-3 records.  The Packers host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field.

Local 5 will continue to update the situation involving Aaron Rodgers' injury throughout the week.


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