Jay Cutler and the Bears defense spoiled the Packers Thanksgiving, and Brett Farve’s retirement night — a final stand from Chicago’s defense with 8 seconds left on the clock sealed the 17-13 win for Cutler. A victory for the quarterback, who had a career 1-11 record against the Packers entering the game.
At halftime, the Packers unveiled Favre’s name beneath the north end-zone scoreboard alongside the other five players whose numbers were retired. Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, who has battled severe health issues, also appeared to a thunderous ovation.
For the first time in 13 games against the Packers, Cutler didn’t throw an interception — he finished the game 19 of 31 with 200 yards and one score. In Cutler’s previous four games at Lambeau, all losses, he had thrown a dozen interceptions.
Alshon Jeffrey led all Bears receivers with seven catches for 90 yards, including the longest grab of the game, 22 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, the Bears’ unit had two takeaways — both of which proved to be game changers. The first helped set up a score, the second came in the dwindling minutes of the fourth quarter.
It was Chicago’s third win in four games.
Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy had 105 rushing yards, his second consecutive 100-yard game. Rodgers finished 22-for-43 for 202 yards with one touchdown pass and one interception. After throwing a fourth quarter interception, Rodgers got one last chance for a game-winning drive — taking over at the 20-yard line with 2:45 remaining.
Running back James Starks gained 18 yards on a screen pass and ran for 7 more to get the ball to his own 49 at the two-minute warning. Rodgers then hit Randall Cobb on a crossing route, with the wide receiver breaking cornerback Bryce Callahan’s tackle and taking it 32 yards to the 19. On third-and-7, Rodgers connected with Adams for 8 yards, setting up first-and-goal at the 8.
After two throwaways and a swatted pass-attempt to James Jones, the Packers found themselves in a all-or-nothing fourth down at the 8-yard line. Rodgers bought time by moving to his left and fired to Adams against tight coverage, but the ball hit off Adams’ hand and fell incomplete.
Besides the loss, the Packers were faced with a scary situation in the third quarter after Rodgers went down on a hit from linebacker Lamarr Houston. Rodgers said after the game that he had lost feeling in his hand after the hit, and the feeling didn’t return until some point during the fourth. He later said he had regained feeling in all his fingers — on his left hand — by the end of the game.
It was Green Bay’s second straight home loss this season.