The Bears coming off their first win in two months face an angry Packers team. Green Bay has lost two straight and last week's little post-game brouhaha between Warren Sapp and Packers coach Mike Sherman surely has fired them up even more.
Brett Favre threw seven interceptions in losses to Minnesota and Tampa Bay. This is a different story. He's darn near invincible at Lambeau Field, especially when it's cold. And it's cold today. Get your snowmobile suit on.
It's the 164th regular-season meeting between the Bears and Packers.
The Bears will start at their own 18. Check that. Dustin Lyman is called for a false start. The Bears will start at their own 13 and a quick pass to Marty Booker nets about 3 yards. ... Jim Miller hands off to Anthony Thomas and Thomas finds a huge hole on the left side of the line and breaks a run of 26 yards. ... This time Dez White jumps. The second false start on the opening drive backs up the Bears to their own 40. ... John Shoop breaks out the dreaded wide-receiver screen early and as usual it gets nothing. Packers safety Mike McKenzie sniffs it out and Marty Booker loses 3 yards. ... On second and long former Bear Keith McKenzie, no relation to Mike, stuffs Thomas for a loss. So that makes it third and 20. ... Miller dumps one to Leon Johnson and he's well short of the first down. The Bears have yet to score on an opening drive all year and today is no different. They'll punt.
Brett Favre and the Packers get going around their own 20 and Ahman Green stumbles for a few on first down. ... A screen doesn't work on second down and on third and 8 a blitzing Rosevelt Colvin hits Favre right before he throws and knocks the ball out. Alex Brown recovers and the Bears in great shape at the Packers' 19.
Again with the screen to Booker. This time Booker gets a few. ... Thomas is stuffed on second down and it's third and 3. Miller's pass to Dez White is short and Paul Edinger will come on to kick. ... A fake! Brad Maynard, the holder, flips a shovel pass to Dustin Lyman and he runs into the end zone untouched. Huh.
Bears 7, Packers 0
They sent Brian Urlacher in motion on that play, which clued the Packers into the fake, and then sent Lyman the other way. How come the Bears can design all these cool trick plays but seem so uncreative in their regular offensive set?
Favre's pass to Donald Driver is incomplete but Green makes up for that on second down with a nice run, bringing up third and 4. ... Favre dumps one to Bubba Franks, but cornerback R.W. McQuarters hits Franks so hard he separates the tight end from his little hand-warmer muff. The Packers will punt and the Bears will start at their own 14.
After a short gain by Thomas, Miller fumbles but falls on the ball. A loss of 5 yards. ... Miller is pressured and finds Ahmad Merritt who barely gets back to the original line of scrimmage and Maybard will have to punt out of the end zone. ... On the punt Rahib Abdullah nails Darrien Gordon with what might be the hit of the year. My god. He hit him so hard he almost knocked Gordon's dreadlocks off. The ball flew out but the Packers fell on it.
We're told Gordon has a bruised sternum. That sounds about right.
So anyway, the punt wasn't so great and the Packers have decent field position. After a short run by Green and an incomplete pass, Favre finds Driver for a 42-yard gain. Mike Green missed a big tackle there. He tried to take Driver around the neck and Driver shook him. ... From the 4, Green runs right but is stuffed by Keith Traylor. A loss of about 4. ... Driver drops a nice pass at the 2 and Mike Green lets him know about it. ... Favre dumps it to Franks but Mike Caldwell, Urlacher and Mike Green stop him short of the end zone. A nice goal-line stand there. Ryan Longwell's short field goal is good.
Bears 7, Packers 3
Dick Stockton just said, "Hey, great news America, Andy Richter is back." I don't know about that.
Merritt bounces off a few guys and brings the kickoff to the 26. ... Leon Johnson runs for about 8 but the Bears are called for holding. ... So first and 20 from the 11 and Miller dumps a shorty to Booker, who turns the corner and picks up 21 and the first down. I don't think anyone knew Booker was that fast. He really hit another gear. ... Miller misses the mark on a throw to Lyman and Thomas gets about 2 on second down, so it's third and long. ... Todd McBride makes a nice play on a pass to White and the Bears will punt again. ... Gordon, bruised sternum and all, is back to receive and doesn't do much with the kick.
The Packers start from the 27 and set up a nice screen pass to Green that nets about 12 yards. End of the first quarter.
Green finds a big hole and picks up 14. ... Favre heaves one downfield to Driver but Jerry Azumah flails an arm and knocks it away. The crowd wants a flag. Nada. ... Well, there's a flag on this short pass from Favre. McQuarters is called for pass interference. R-Dub's going with some kind of Nelly bandaid on his face. ... An end around to Driver gets about 2 yards down to the 33. ... Franks falls down on second down, Green picks up a few on third and the Packers will go for it on fourth and 5 from the 29. ... Azumah breaks up the play and the Bears will take over at their own 28.
Miller finds White for a 7-yard gain and White fumbles. The ref rules him down by contact. From the looks of the replay the ball was out, but I guess you can't replay that one, if the whistle blows. ... After an incompletion, Booker picks up 12 on third and 5. ...Stockton just called the Bears' offense "hunt and peck." ... Nothing on first down but rookie tight end John Glimore gets 5 yards out of what should've been nothing. ... Miller finds White just beyond the marker for another first down, at the Packers' 42. ... After a short gain on first down by Johnson, the Bears throw downfield for the first time, but it's too high for Gilmore. ... Lyman is dragged down a yard short of the first down. ... Looks like the Bears will go for it on fourth. ... A play action and the Bears are looking for the end zone, but everyone is covered. Miller fakes once, rolls left, fakes again, rolls again and finally finds Gilmore for 11 yards. The Packers are called for roughing, to boot. Ball on the 11. First down. Keith McKenzie the former Bear who spent all week ripping his former team was guilty. ... Johnson runs straight ahead for a few and then Miller finds Lyman in the end zone. Yes, Dustin Lyman. The guy's caught about five balls in his entire career and he's got two for touchdowns today.
Bears 14, Packers 3
Injury update: Anthony Thomas has left the game with a sprained index finger. It might be hard to work the mouse, but I could probably do this job with a sprained index finger.
Hey, Paul Edinger made the tackle on the kickoff.
The Bears give up 5 yards in two plays, but Favre makes something on third and 5 and finds Driver for the first. ... Green then runs right up the middle for 12 yards for another first. Ball on the Bears' 41. ... Favre runs a naked bootleg and gets about 10, the Packers' third straight first down. ... A dink to Driver gets about 5 and brings us to the two-minute warning. ... Green gets 6 more and another first down. ... Favre takes a shot at the end zone but Mike Green makes a nice play covering Driver. ... Favre waits and throws a screen to Green, who picks up 6 down to the 15. The Packers call timeout. ... A wide-open Green drops the ball on third and 4 and Longwell will come on for a 31-yarder.
Bears 14, Packers 6
The Bears start from their own 32 with a minute remaining in the half. Johnson spins his way for about 9 yards and the Bears call timeout. ... I guess the Bears picked up the first there. Johnson runs again and fumbles the ball. The Packers recover around midfield. That gives Favre another shot.
Green takes a short pass and picks up 16 yards. The Packers call timeout with 14 seconds on the clock. ... Favre spins away from Phillip Daniels and then heaves it to the end zone but it's broken up by Mike Brown. ... Favre takes another shot at the end zone and it's picked off by Damon Moore. Moore returns it to midfield but loses it, the Packers recover and then fumble and Ro Williams picks it up and has open field in front of him but he's caught from behind by the Packers Javon Walker. If R.W. McQuarters blocks Walker that's a Bears touchdown on one of the more bizarre plays you'll ever see. Instead it's halftime.
After the second-half kickoff, Green runs a few times and then catches another screen pass and gets past midfield. ... Green runs off right tackle and hits the corner for a huge gain, 30 yards. Green is down on the field after being neck tackled by Mike Brown. ... Driver falls down and Favre's pass sails into the end zone. ... Rookie Tony Fisher has replaced Green. There's a big difference. Fisher is nailed at the line by Mike Brown. ... On third down, Favre fakes a shovel pass to Fisher and then hits Walker at the 6 for a first down. ... Favre quickly finds Franks in the end zone. Franks jumps into the Cabela-clad crowd.
Bears 14, Packers 13
Miller finds White for the Bears' longest completion of the day, 18 yards to midfield. ... On second and 5, Johnson busts on through the middle for 11 yards down to the 35. The ump got run over on that, lost his hat and all. ... Johnson runs twice for about 5 yards each. He's just short of the first down; third and 1. ... Miller keeps it himself and picks up the first. ... Miller hits a sliding Booker in the end zone. The ball is ruled incomplete but there's pass interference and that moves the ball to the 1. I doubt the Beas will challenge this one. It looks like the ball may have grazed the ground. Wait, the Bears will challenge. Booker made a great catch, picking it right off the turf, but this is one of those calls where even if the receiver catches it and the ball touches the ground, it's incomplete. No way the refs will overturn this one.
Like I said. The ol' "no indisputable evidence' copout. So, it's Bears ball on the 1 and Miller fumbles the snap and the Packers recover. So much for that. Now you know why the Bears would challenge that call.
Fisher runs out of his own end zone and picks up about 9 yards on first down. ... On second and 1, Fisher dives for the first. ... Fisher runs right up the middle for a first and there goes the ump again. ... Favre throws off his back foot and hits Franks in stride at the 35. ... Fisher then runs for 15 into Bears territory. Remember this drive started at the 1 and the Packers are quicly across midfield. Fisher looks a lot like Green. ... Favre lays it out for Terry Glenn who makes a spectacular diving catch. ... Favre tosses it up for Driver in the end zone, there's a lot of contact but no flag. Incomplete. ... Alex Brown knocks the pass down on second down and on third and 10 Fisher picks up the first behind a wall of blockers. ... A short pass to Driver and then Fisher is stuffed for a loss of a yard. ... Third and 5, Favre scrambles, pump fakes and then lofts one to the back of the end zone that's tipped away by Damon Moore. ... Longwell comes on and gives the Packers the lead.
Packers 16, Bears 14
Keith Traylor was just helped off the field. And Ahman Green has returned to the Packers' sideline.
The Bears will start at the 35 after a decent return by Leon Johnson. ... Miller nearly throws an interception on first down and then does on second, under-throwing it to Marus Robinson.
So the Packers have the ball back around midfield and Fisher runs for about 5 yards before the third quarter expires.
Mike Green shoots up the middle on a safety blitz, but Favre sheds him and throws downfield to Terry Glenn but it's broken up by Colvin. Always dangerous to have linebacker on a wide receiver but Colvin handled it there. ... The Packers punt and the ball rolls through the end zone.
The Bears use their familiar mix of running up the middle and short passes and get a first down. ... But a short pass to Dez White on third and 4 is short. White fumbles on the play and the Packers recover.
Favre rolls right, pump fakes and then hits Robert Ferguson inside the 30-yard line. A short gain. ... Green is back. He runs for a couple gets up, shakes his head and limps off the field again. ... Glenn makes another nice catch, picking up the first down. Glenn has only caught two balls today, but they've both been clutch, difficult grabs. ... Favre hits Ferguson in the end zone. No way his feet are in but the ref raises his arms. Not even close. Another official runs over and waves it off. Dick Stockton asks a good question: How can you call that a touchdown in the first place? Neither foot was inbounds. ... Anyway, Fisher makes a great inside cut and fights to the 2 and gets a first down. ... Fisher dives into the pile for nothing, but Favre dumps one to William Henderson, who breaks a Colvin tackle and stretches for the touchdown. The fifth Bears turnover leads right to a Green Bay touchdown.
Packers 23, Bears 14
Miller stumbles and falls dropping back for a big loss. He then hits Lyman on second down but he's still 8 or 9 yards short of the first. ... Miller's third-down attempt to Booker is way off and here comes Maynard. His punt is downed at the 14.
Fisher is stuffed on first down and Driver gets nothing a screen play on second. But the clock continues to run, approaching 5 minutes remaining. ... Favre scrambles and lofts it to Ferguson, who drops it. Now the Packers will punt.
Lyman catches a short pass and runs for the first down, inside the 40. ... Another short pass, this time to Johnson, who breaks a Keith McKenzie tackle and picks up another first down. ... Miller throws two poor balls and it's third and 10. Hardy Nickerson breaks through the line and sacks Miller. ... Edinger will try a 52-yarder and he hooks it. No good. Not good for the Bears.
The Packers take over and could put this one out of reach with a few first downs. Fisher runs for 8 and there's under 3 minutes remaining. ... Fisher then picks up 17 but runs out of bounds. Mike Brown is called for a personal foul for hitting Fisher late. The penalty moves the ball inside the 20 and you've got to think this is over. The Bears calls timeout with 2 minutes 16 seconds on the clock.
Fox agrees this is over. As they go to commercial they show the score with the words "final" under it.
Fisher runs inside the 10, close to a first down. The Bears call their final timeout. Fisher runs again to the two-minute warning. ... We're back and Fisher follows his line into the end zone. The Notre Dame guy deserved that. He's done a great job filling in for the injured Green.
Packers 30, Bears 14
Hey, two touchdowns, and a couple of two-point conversions and the Bears are back in this. Not going to happen.
So the Bears falls to 3-9 and have lost ...
Wait a second, Henry Burris comes in and heaves one to the end zone that's tipped and grabbed by Marcus Robinson for a touchdown. OK, the conversion fails. Where was I?
Packers 30, Bears 20
Oh, yeah, the Bears have lost 16 out of the last 18 Packer games.
This one finally is over. Let's see if Mike Sherman picks another fight.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun