GREEN BAY – A late second-quarter field goal gave the Packers a 6-3 lead over the Bears at halftime on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.
Starting from their own 1-yard line, the Bears drove out to midfield with the help of an 11-yard pass to WR Alshon Jeffery and a defensive pass interference call on DB Micah Hyde. But LBs Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers sandwiched QB Brian Hoyer on a third-down pass, and the defense got the stop. Hoyer was slow to get up.
The Packers picked up one first down but didn’t get very far, and QB Matt Barkley took over for Hoyer for the Bears. Hoyer was declared out for the rest of the game.
RB Ka’Deem Carey started the drive with a 24-yard run, and Jeffery caught an 11-yard pass to move the chains again. A 9-yard run by RB Jordan Howard got Chicago into field-goal range, and K Connor Barth was good on a 39-yard field goal to tie the score at 3 with 1:56 left in the half.
With one more possession in the half, the Packers picked up a first down on a pass interference penalty that brought the ball out near midfield, but LB Leonard Floyd sacked QB Aaron Rodgers for a 9-yard loss. Rodgers then hit WR Davante Adams for a 19-yard gain and then connected with WR Randall Cobb for gains of 7 and 13 for a first down on the Chicago 22 with 35 seconds left.
On third down, Rodgers hit Cobb in the back of the end zone, but Cobb couldn’t get his second foot down in bounds, and K Mason Crosby made a 40-yard field goal with 17 seconds left.
Just before halftime, it was announced that Bears T Kyle Long is questionable to return with an arm injury.