Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers 11/26/15 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Bears 17, Packers 13
November 26, 2015
Rounding out our Week 12 Thanksgiving lineup, we had a nice NFC North matchup between the Bears and the Packers. Chicago was coming off a close loss to the Broncos, while Green Bay took care of business against the Vikings in Week 11. Games between these two teams had been dominated by the Packers recently, but the Bears got some revenge here.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the key players and stats from this one so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll look ahead to Week 13 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: There were some cold and soggy conditions in Green Bay as the rain came down for most of the game, putting points and ball security at a premium. The first score came on a 25-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Eddie Lacy, a touchdown which would stand as the only tally of the quarter.
In the second, the Bears got rolling on a 3-yard hookup from Jay Cutler to TE Zach Miller to tie it up. Mason Crosby would add a 22-yard field goal to cut the deficit, then the Bears stretched the lead with a 1-yard Jeremy Langford rushing TD.
Crosby would bag another field goal before the half was over, this one from 50 yards out. At the break, it was 14-13 Bears. The halftime ceremony consisted of Packers great Brett Favre getting his number retired by the team. Making the night even more special was the presence of Hall-of-Famer Bart Starr.
After halftime, the only score came on a Robbie Gould field goal from 21 yards out. That was in the fourth quarter, and would prove to be a very important three points.
Green Bay failed on their final two possessions, unable to get the ball into the end zone.
At the final horn, it was 17-13, a rare Bears victory at Lambeau Field. Chicago moves to 5-6 on the year and the Packers fall to 7-4. Green Bay has lost two in a row.
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The Stars: The soggy conditions made for a run-heavy game. Langford and Matt Forte combined for 92 yards and a TD on 27 rushes, while Eddie Lacy and James Starks put up 24 rushes for 144 yards.
Alshon Jeffery led all receivers with seven receptions for 90 yards. Randall Cobb had six grabs for 74 yards on the other side.
The Goats: Rodgers’ stats didn’t look much like usual, as his receivers were dropping balls in the wet conditions. He’d finish with 202 yards and a score on 22-of-43 passing. He also threw a late interception that proved costly.
Lacy’s ball security issues continued; he lost a fumble deep in Bears territory, a play that got him benched briefly.
After zero penalties against the Broncos last week, Chicago made up for it on 12 flags for 95 yards.
Injuries: Aaron Rodgers suffered a very scary moment in this one, when he banged his left shoulder on a Bears player’s helmet after a botched shotgun snap. He came off the field holding his arm, and said after the game that he had lost feeling in his fingers.
Rodgers didn’t miss any time, however, and it looks like he’ll be okay.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 13, the Packers will be back in action on Thursday, December 3 against the Lions in Detroit (8:25 PM ET on CBS/NFL Network).
As for the Bears, they will host the incoming 49ers on December 6 (1:00 PM ET on FOX).
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