The contrast between the Packers and Bears couldn’t have been more stark through three quarters on “Sunday Night Football,” as Green Bay went on to win 41-25.
First, there’s quarterback play. Aaron Rodgers tossed a touchdown on each of Green Bay’s three possessions in the first half and added another in the third quarter to give himself four on the night. Meanwhile, Mitch Trubisky led Chicago to a field goal on its opening drive, but followed it up with an interception and a lost fumble that resulted in a defensive touchdown for the Packers. He did manage to lead a touchdown drive to end the first half, hitting Allen Robinson for a 1-yard score. But he tacked on another interception in the third quarter to finish the night with three turnovers.
Speaking of turnovers, let’s look at those defenses. Green Bay defensive back Darnell Savage came up with both interceptions, one coming on a deep ball by Trubisky towards the end zone. The Smith brothers also came up big for the Packers’ D, with Za’Darius Smith stripping Trubisky and Preston Smith getting the scoop-and-score TD. On the other side, Chicago’s vaunted defense gave up a season-worst 34 points to the Green Bay offense. The Bears’ pass rush, normally led by Khalil Mack, couldn’t even manage a single hit on Rodgers the entire game.
Trubisky somewhat managed to save face in garbage time, tacking on a pair of passing TDs to Robinson and David Montgomery, along with a 2-point conversion to Darnell Mooney to make it a two-score game. The final line for the former No. 2 overall pick: 26-of-46 passing (56.5 percent) for 242 yards and three touchdowns. But those three turnovers all led to Green Bay touchdowns and proved too much to overcome.
Rodgers, on the other hand, was much more efficient, completing 21 of 29 passes (72.4 percent) for 211 yards and four TDs to four different receivers. And he probably could have put up much bigger numbers if Green Bay had continued to air it out in the second half, but the game was already won.
The Packers (8-3) extend their lead atop the NFC North by three games. The Bears (5-6) have now lost five-straight and fall into a tie for second in the division with the Vikings. Both Chicago and Minnesota are a game back of the Cardinals for the final Wild Card spot.
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Bears vs. Packers score
Bears vs. Packers updates, highlights from ‘Sunday Night Football’
(All times Eastern)
11:25 p.m. — FINAL: Packers 41, Bears 25.
11:18 p.m. — Packers recover the onside kick. Green Bay ball, first and 10 at the Chicago 47-yard line with 3:20 remaining. Chicago has all three timeouts and the two-minute warning.
11:14 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN BEARS. Trubisky hits Montgomery on a screen for a 3-yard score. Trubisky then finds Mooney for the 2-point conversion to make it a two-score game, 41-25, with 3:21 remaining.
11:01 p.m. — Packers punt. Chicago takes over at its 18-yard line with 8:44 remaining.
10:54 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, BEARS. Trubisky hits Robinson over the middle for a 6-yard TD to cut the Packers’ lead to 41-17 with 11:48 left to play.
10:40 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PACKERS. Jamaal Williams runs it in from 13 yards out and Green Bay leads 41-10 with 1:12 left in the third quarter.
10:30 p.m. — Bears go three-and-out. Packers get the ball back at their 34-yard line with 6:16 left in the third quarter.
10:24 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PACKERS. Rodgers throws a strike over the top to Robert Tonyan for a 39-yard touchdown. Green Bay leads 34-10 with 6:30 remaining in the third quarter.
10:18 p.m. — INTERCEPTION. Trubisky is picked off again by Savage, as this time is throw to Anthony Miller is short and into triple coverage. Packers take over at their 47-yard line, 8:45 left in the third quarter.
10:14 p.m. — Packers punt. Chicago gets its first stop of the night and gets the ball back at its 26-yard line, 9:35 remaining in the third quarter.
10:06 p.m. — Bears punt. Trubisky takes sacks on back-to-back plays and the Packers get the ball back at their 18-yard line with 12:29 left in the third quarter.
9:50 p.m. — HALFTIME: Packers 27, Bears 10. Chicago will receive to start the second half.
9:44 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, BEARS. Chicago gets the score it needs as Trubisky hits Robinson for the 1-yard score. Green Bay’s lead is cut to 27-10 with 19 seconds left in the half.
9:31 p.m. — 2-Minute Warning. Chicago has it, first and 10 at its 35-yard line with all three timeouts remaining. Bears desperately need a touchdown here.
9:24 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PACKERS. After a Bears first down is negated by a holding penalty, Trubisky coughs up the ball and Preston Smith scoops and scores to give Green Bay a 27-3 lead with 3:11 still to play in the first half. Looked like the Packers got away with a face mask that caused Trubisky to lose the ball.
9:17 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PACKERS. Rodgers backpedals from the pressure and throws it up to an open Allen Lazard for a 2-yard touchdown. Green Bay leads 20-3 with 4:34 left in the first half.
9:03 p.m. — INTERCEPTION. Trubisky tries to go deep towards the end zone but overthrows Darnell Mooney and is picked off by Darnell Savage. Packers take over at their 20-yard line with 12:24 left in the second quarter.
8:57 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PACKERS. On the first play of the second quarter, Rodgers rolls out to his left on play action and flips it to tight end Marcedes Lewis for the easy 5-yard score. Green Bay leads 13-3 with 14:55 left in the second quarter.
8:53 p.m. — END OF 1Q: Packers 6, Bears 3. Green Bay has it, first and goal at the 5-yard line to start the second quarter.
8:41 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, BEARS. Allen Robinson can’t quite hang onto the jump ball from Mitch Trubisky on third and goal, and Chicago settles for a 27-yard field goal from Cairo Santos to cut the deficit to 6-3 with 5:14 remaining in the first quarter.
Chicago was able to get David Montgomery going early as the running back got loose on this 57-yard carry.
8:32 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PACKERS. Aaron Rodgers throws it high for Davante Adams, who snags it for the 12-yard TD. Mason Crosby misses the PAT, Green Bay leads 6-0 with 7:22 left in the first quarter.
8:20 p.m. — Bears win the toss. Packers will get the ball to start the game.
Bears vs. Packers start time
All “Sunday Night Football” games in 2020 have the same start time of 8:20 p.m. ET. There are Sunday night games scheduled for every week of the season except Week 17, though the NFL has the ability to flex a game into a Week 17 “SNF” window.
‘Sunday Night Football’ schedule 2020
|Week 1||Sept. 10 (Thu.)||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans|
|Sept. 13||Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||Green Bay Packers vs. Tennessee Titans|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||TBD|