CHICAGO – The Packers’ defense generated three turnovers and the offense turned them all into points as Green Bay jumped out to a 27-10 lead after three quarters on Sunday at Soldier Field.
On the first play of the third quarter, Packers LB Julius Peppers stripped Bears QB Matt Barkley from behind and recovered the fumble at the Chicago 17.
After one first down, the Packers were backed up to the 16 by a holding penalty. QB Aaron Rodgers then had his pass for WR Davante Adams dropped in the end zone. Rodgers scrambled twice down to the 1-yard line, and the Packers kicked an 18-yard field goal to take the lead, 13-10.
The Packers got it right back with another turnover. S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix intercepted his fourth pass of the year on a ball overthrown for TE Daniel Brown, and he returned it to the Green Bay 42.
Rodgers found Adams for a 19-yard gain, but a hands-to-the-face penalty on G Lane Taylor moved the Packers back to midfield. Passes of 10 yards to TE Richard Rodgers and 11 yards to WR Jordy Nelson moved the chains, and then RB Ty Montgomery broke off a 26-yard run to make it first-and-goal on the 2.
It took him two tries, but Montgomery ran it in for his second rushing TD of the day, and the Packers led, 20-10, with 4:53 left in the quarter.
The Packers got their fourth straight turnover – counting the Hail Mary interception at the end of the first half – as Clinton-Dix intercepted Barkley again on an overthrow. The pass for WR Daniel Braverman went right to Clinton-Dix over the middle, and he returned it 27 yards to the Chicago 45.
Two plays later, RB Christine Michael broke through on the right side, cut back to the left, and raced 42 yards for a touchdown, extending Green Bay’s lead to 27-10 with 1:03 left in the third.