On Thanksgiving Day, the Green Bay Packers welcomed a “homecoming” atmosphere by welcoming back legendary quarterback Brett Favre and Bart Starr; but had an important football game to play against the Chicago Bears. Despite their recent success against the Bears, the Packers struggled to find a rhythm against the Bears, in a game that quickly turned into a foiled Thanksgiving.
Coming into the game losing their last three of four games, the Packers looked to get back on track against their conference-rival Bears.
Early on, the Packers depended on the rushing attack of Eddie Lacy to get the Packer’s offense going. On the second play of the game, Lacy broke off a 29-yard rush, seemingly brushing off Bear’s defenders. It looked like a commencement to a Packer’s big day. After both teams traded several punts, the Packers struck first on a pass from Rodgers to Lacy, the Packer’s entered the second quarter with a 7-0 lead.
However, tides turned in the second quarter as the Bear’s tied the game after a Zach Miller 3-yard touchdown reception. The Bear’s continued their second quarter success with a Jeremy Langford 1-yard scat. The Bear’s entered halftime with a 14-13 lead.
Arguably the biggest thrill of the game arrived at halftime, when the Packers welcomed Favre and Starr onto the field to commemorate their successful Packers’ careers. Favre in particular, joined Starr on the list of Packer’s retired uniform numbers, as No. 4 will be eternally recognized as Favre’s.
But the vibe at Lambeau simply couldnt get past the small deficit the Packers had allowed. At the time, the Packers contained a NFC North division lead over a tiebreaker with the Minnesota Vikings, by the end of the day, the Packer’s would fall into second, to a 5-6 Bear’s team.
In the second half, the Packers offense struggled to find the endzone, particularly on the last drive of the game. With first and goal, and time dwindling, the Packers failed to convert on four-straight plays, including a last play that allowed Rodgers to scramble and give his recievers a chance to catch the game-winning pass; a play that consequently foiled the Packer’s Thanksgiving feast.
“We didn’t get it done tonight, and really I think one of the biggest factors was handling the football,” head coach Mike McCarthy said after the loss, according to ESPN. “We had opportunities to catch the football, protect the football. … They did a better job than we did.”
In regards to handling the ball, the Packers mustered away several big plays, including a Lacy fumble, several drops from Davante Adams, and an interception thrown by Rodgers.
“Difficult loss this evening; you need to win your home games,” McCarthy added.
This home loss for the Packers marks their second straight home loss, to a second divisional opponent, bringing their reacord to 7-4. Meanwhile, the Bears advance to 5-6 and still have hopes for a late-season resurgence. With this win, Cutler gets his first win as a Bear in Lambeau Field, as well as his first win agains the Packers without an interception.
The Packers welcome their second straight Thursday Night football game against the Detroit Lions. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. CDT.