By Lucy Rendler Kaplan //@Lucyrk78
Packers 23 – Bears 16
It’s odd to me that the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers have almost an even record against each other. Going into Sunday’s game, the Packers were just one game ahead in one of the oldest rivalries in the NFL. Thankfully, that number went up one with the Packers now winning 14 of their past 16 games against Chicago.
This was the first time I’ve ever been nervous when facing the Bears. The Packers have been on a three-game losing streak since quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone, and the way Green Bay had been playing, it seemed like the Bears (favored to win this game) would get the win.
Chicago definitely kept the game close. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky had maybe his best game yet as their starting quarterback. The Bears head coach, John Fox, helped the Packers keep a lead in the second quarter – the Bears would have had a scoring opportunity from the 1-yard line, but he oddly challenged a ruling that running back Benny Cunningham had gone out of bounds. His challenge definitely backfired, when officials noticed that Cunningham had actually fumbled the ball, resulting in a turnover and a touchback.
Green Bay’s own new quarterback, Brett Hundley, also had his best game yet, but not until the second half. His most impressive play came when he threw, on the run, to wide receiver Davante Adams for 19-yard touchdown, giving Green Bay a 23-13 lead.
Hundley still has a lot of work to do. He’s not all that comfortable in the pocket, and each time you find something he needs to work on, it’s hard not to think “But WOW. Rodgers really does that well.” However, this was definitely a do-or-die game to keep playoff hopes alive, and Hundley did it.
In their next four games, the Packers will face the Ravens, Steelers, Buccaneers, and Browns. They need to win at least two of them. Green Bay also need to have Rodgers come back for the final games. If that happens, a playoff series will definitely be in their future. I feel confident that if Hundley plays the way he did in the fourth quarter this past Sunday when facing the Baltimore Ravens, the Packers should be able to win that game this weekend.
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