CHICAGO – The Packers scored first and took a 7-0 lead into the second quarter on Sunday at Soldier Field.
With the official game time temperature at 11 degrees (minus-4 wind chill), the Packers wasted no time getting on the board. QB Aaron Rodgers, showing more mobility than expected with his injured calf, hit TE Jared Cook on a pair of third downs for 27 and 17 yards. On a 12-yard completion to WR Jordy Nelson, Rodgers was roughed by Bears DL Akiem Hicks, making it first-and-goal on the 4.
RB Ty Montgomery took it around right end from there, and the Packers had a 7-0 lead with 9:57 left in the opening quarter.
The Bears responded with a quick first down, as QB Matt Barkley hit WR Deonte Thompson for a 19-yard gain on the first play, but the Packers’ defense got the stop. A third-down pass over the middle to WR Alshon Jeffery was broken up by LB Joe Thomas, and the Bears had to punt.
The punt was downed at the Green Bay 1-yard line. The Packers got out of the hole on a 20-yard completion to Nelson on first down. On the ensuing third down, a sack of Rodgers was wiped out by a defensive holding penalty on Bears CB Tracy Porter, giving Green Bay another first down. Montgomery then had consecutive runs of 13 and 9 yards to get near midfield.
But Rodgers was sacked on third down by blitzing DB Demontre Hurst, and the Packers had to punt.
The Packers’ defense forced a three-and-out as the quarter expired.