GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)–The 199th meeting between these two longtime rivals started out with plenty of defense. Chicago forced three straight 3-and-outs against Green Bay’s offense and managed to take advantage of good field position for the first points of the game in the form of a field goal.
The Packers finally got rolling to start the 2nd quarter with a big play from Aaron Rodgers to Marquez Valdes-Scanting for 47 yards down field. The drive was capped off by a Rodgers to Jimmy Graham 10 yard TD pass culminating in a quick 4 play, 74 yard drive that took only 1:35 that gave Green Bay a 7-3 lead early in the 2nd quarter. The Packers did move the ball to midfield but they were out of FG range and neither team did much after that. Green Bay did have one hail mary as time expired but it fell incomplete and short of the end zone so it remained 7-3 at halftime.
The 3rd quarter didn’t offer much for either team offensively by the end of it, both teams had combined for just over 300 yards of total offense. Time of possession was almost equal and neither team had a turnover but they were a combined 3-20 on 3rd down heading into the 4th quarter.
With scoring coming at a premium, Green Bay needed a drive and they got one late when Rodgers found Robert Tonyan for a 28 yard gain that would set up a 39 yard Mason Crosby FG that would give the Packers a 10-3 lead.
The Bears had a pair of chances late to try and tie the game up but both times Green Bays defense came through. Mitch Trubisky threw one up to the end zone with just over two minutes to go, but former Bear Adrian Amos took it away for an interception and only turnover of the contest. Chicago’s defense would hold and had all of their timeouts to get the ball back but with a minute left it was another new defensive free agent Preston Smith with a quarterback sack to basically end the game, giving Green Bay a season opening 10-3 victory