“Frankly, fourth-and-26 was not the plan (for when to call the fake),” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “I really called that for different reasons. We’ve been working on that for two or three years and we were looking for a certain look from the Bears. They gave it to us and it was a great execution on our players' part. I was trying to send a message when I made the call and I was fine with the field position. Then our guys executed and I thought it really lifted our sideline up and our defense just kept going. Offensively we were able to put some points on the board. It was a big play in the game.”

The touchdown put Green Bay ahead 10-0 with 1:50 remaining in the first half and they stretched the lead to 13-0 as Crosby hit s 35-yard field goal on the final play of the first half following a Jay Cutler interception.

It’s interesting because the Packers, for much of the last decade, have really struggled on special teams. The Bears have been traditionally strong in that area and they’ve had a considerable advantage in that phase. The Bears might have changed the complexion of the game had they gotten the block they went for and they’re among the best teams in the league at getting blocks. They have 22 since 2004 when special teams coordinator Dave Toub took over, the most in the NFL in that period.

“It would have been a game-changer at that point in the game," said cornerback Charles Tillman, who was on the overloaded side. "They called a perfect play for the field-goal block that we put on."

It even fooled players on the Green Bay sideline.

“I was watching up on the Jumbotron and something just looked a little off at first,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “I thought … somebody got bowled over right away, or it was going to get blocked, or we didn’t catch it right. Then I saw Crabby running out the backside, I couldn’t believe it. That’s a gutsy call. You’ve got to score on that."

It was the first fake field goal for a touchdown against the Bears since John Kidd of the San Diego Chargers scored on a two-yard run Nov. 14, 1993.

5. Trent Green was all set to be the quarterback of the Greatest Show on Turf in St. Louis before it became the Greatest Show on Turf. But a hit from Chargers safety Rodney Harrison in a 1999 preseason game left Green with a torn ACL, MCL and PCL in his knee. The career of Kurt Warner took off from there. But Green rebounded to star for the Kansas City Chiefs, who used essentially the same offense under Al Saunders as Mike Martz was running in St. Louis.

Green, a radio analyst for Dial Global Sports network who called the game, was ideal to ask about the shift from Martz’s system the past two seasons to the new attack led by Mike Tice. I talked to him before the game and Green was obviously basing his evaluation on what he saw of Cutler and the offense from the week prior against the Colts as well as in preseason.

“From what I have seen, this really fits Jay better,” Green said. “Martz’s system is about timing. It’s about putting the ball in the spot. It’s about receivers being very defined in their routes, being right in the right spot. I don’t know if that necessarily meshed well with Jay. He is a little more backyard, drop back … he is not real disciplined in his drops. He likes to sit there – bounce, bounce – and then fire it in there.

“With what Tice is doing, if you go back to what he was doing when he was in Minnesota with Daunte (Culpepper) and Cris Carter and Randy Moss, it was more about two big receivers. That is really what I see. I see this offense fitting Jay better. From what I have seen, Jay likes to see the receiver come open and he then fire it. He’s got a big enough arm, like a Daunte Culpepper, where he can do that.

“Martz’s system was based more on timing where you are putting it to the spot and the receiver better be in that spot. That is what a lot of it was. So, what I saw in that first game was really Jay being a lot more comfortable because it is what he does – he likes to sit back there, pat the ball, look around and then when Brandon (Marshall) or Alshon (Jeffery) or (Devin) Hester – whoever it was – opened up then he just fires it. I think that fits him better.”

Martz’s scheme hasn’t thrived in the NFL for some time so I asked Green if it has become obsolete or if it was a system that needed Hall of Fame talent with players such as Warner, Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce and Orlando Pace, who closed out his career with one season as a Bear.

“Where that system thrived for a long time was having the same guys in that offense for a period of time when you could have as many OTA’s and minicamps and quarterback camps,” Green said. “Now, if I am a quarterback, I can’t just call up the receivers and say, ‘Hey, let’s all meet up at the complex.’ You’d have to go to a high school somewhere because they monitored by the union. That is what the CBA is now. You couldn’t have meetings. It’s all regulated now. And that offense is so based on timing. If you look at what a lot more teams are doing now, it’s more freelance, make adjustments. Not that it’s all that, there is still quite a bit of timing involved.”

Unfortunately, the new offense looked like the old offense when it came to pass protection. Cutler then compounded problems with some of his familiar bad habits.

6. Wasted in the victory was a perfectly fine effort by the Bears defensive line. It totaled five sacks, matching the season high from 2011 that the Bears hit on three occasions vs. the Saints, Vikings and Broncos. Julius Peppers remained dominant with two (giving him 22 multi-sack games in his career) and rookie first-round draft pick Shea McClellin nabbed the first of his career and finished with 1 ½. Defensive tackle Henry Melton had one to give hm three for the season and Corey Wootton split one with McClellin.

“I thought the defense as a whole we were really getting after (Aaron) Rodgers,” Melton said. “We did a good job of containing him. We knew what he was going to do. We just didn’t come out with the victory.”

McClellin said there was relief in getting his first sack and putting it behind him. He had a couple nice rushes against Andrew Luck of the Colts but got home vs. Rodgers.

“It does feel good,” McClellin said. “It is kind of like a weight lifted off your shoulder to get that. Now, it’s out of the way. I don’t have to worry about getting the first one. I just have to keep going.”

Does he have a number in mind he’d like to hit for the season?