I started a new series last week for ‘Throwback Thursday’, simulating the upcoming Green Bay Packers game in this year’s updated ‘Tecmo Super Bowl’ game. The game failed to accurately predict the correct outcome, as ‘Tecmo’ picked the Packers to defeat the Detroit Lions, 28-23. In reality, the Lions defeated Green Bay, 19-7. Well, why not give this another shot?
In this week’s installment, the Packers head to Chicago to take on their heated rivals, the Bears. It’s a must-win game for Green Bay, as they can’t afford to fall back even further in the NFC North race. A 1-3 start would find the Packers quickly falling off the pace of the division leaders.
Let’s get to the action!
Defense ruled supreme in the early stages of the game, as a missed field goal by Mason Crosby and a Jay Cutler interception were the results of the teams’ first two drives. The first score in the game came late in the first quarter, as John Kuhn rambled in for a short TD run.
Kuhn scored again on another short scamper to begin the second quarter, following Sam Shields’ second INT of Cutler, making the score 14-0.
The Bears string of turnovers continued, as a Matt Forte fumble at the Green Bay two-yard line prevented Chicago from scoring. It also led to an Eddie Lacy touchdown run.
The Bears finally got on the board with a Robbie Gould field goal to end the second quarter. The Packers went into halftime with a commanding 21-3 lead.
Forte made up for his earlier mistake with a one-yard TD run to open the second half, bringing Chicago within 10 points.
After teams traded punts for several drives, a 21-yard pass from Cutler to Forte closed the gap even further, making the score 21-17.
On the ensuing Packers drive, Aaron Rodgers threw an interception, giving the Bears further hope. Chicago capitalized with another Cutler-to-Forte TD strike. The Bears now led 24-21.
But, just as in last year’s real-life regular season finale, Rodgers connected with Randall Cobb on a deep, late-game touchdown pass. The Packers escaped from Soldier Field with a 28-24 win.
On to the stats!
The Packers head back to Lambeau Field next week, where the play host to another divisional opponent. The Minnesota Vikings make the trek to Green Bay to square off with the Packers on Thursday Night Football.