Wounded Green Bay Packers keep it close against Chicago Bears, 17-10

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Updated: November 4, 2013

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers left the game in the second quarter with what was described as a collarbone injury.

Despite missing one of their top two wide receivers, their talented tight end, their most explosive linebacker — and now their starting quarterback — the Green Bay Packers managed to go to the locker room down by only a score to the Chicago Bears.

A season that has been plagued by injuries to key players got a bit grimmer when starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers left the game with what was described as a collarbone injury. No word yet on the severity of the injury, but if the clavicle turns out to be fractured, Rodgers could easily be out another six weeks.

Running backs Eddie Lacy and James Starks made a valiant effort to carry the team on their shoulders in Rodgers’ absence. Starks even managed to break free for a 32-yard touchdown run.

Overall, though, the offense was largely ineffective with backup quarterback Seneca Wallace at the helm. Lacking the confidence to look more than five yards downfield, Wallace completed five of eight attempts for 43 yards and threw a disastrous interception on a slant route intended for wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

Meanwhile, the Bears offense, lead by backup quarterback Josh McCown, was quietly efficient. McCown completed 14 of 22 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown; he also rushed once for 20 yards.

After being stymied early, running back Matt Forte was effective, rushing 11 times for 42 yards and a touchdown.

Standouts

Eddie Lacy rushed 11 times for 58 yards, averaging an impressive 5.3 yards per attempt. James Starks chipped in three rushes for 32 yards and the touchdown.

Slipups

After a superb sideline catch by tight end Andrew Quarless was ruled incomplete on the field, head coach Mike McCarthy had plenty of time to review the play and challenge the call. Looking like a nervous wreck on the sidelines, he waited until the last possible moment before electing to send the out the punting unit.

Had the ruling been overturned, the offense would have extended the drive and possibly had a chance to score late in the second quarter. Settling for a punt gave the ball back to the Bears and sent the message that McCarthy lacks confidence when the pressure mounts.

The secondary looked simply dreadful at key moments of the game. Matt Forte was able to gash huge holes in the middle of the defense for major gains.

What’s next

The Chicago Bears get the ball to start the second half. The Green Bay Packers defense needs to muster a quick stop and the offense must mount a lengthy drive if they wish to remain competitive in the game. If they aren’t able to get off the field on third down, this defense will be exhausted by the middle of the third quarter.

The final two periods will be a true test of the Packers’ mettle.

About the author(s)

Rourke Douglas Decker covers the Green Bay Packers beat for Water Cooler Sports. He resides with his family in the Twin Cities. He can be reached for questions or comments at . Connect with .

1252 comments
natesweet
natesweet moderator

Rourke, I have not seen anyone post a car on BoxCar2D that gets 251.3 on Sisyphus.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

I cant get on the site on my comp

ЯD
ЯD

The Bears' 442 yards today was the most they've ever had in a win at Lambeau Field.

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

Let's bring this back down to earth. Ima rock a fap all over your moms face. Right now

_MKE_
_MKE_ moderator

I will also say that Jeffery looks fucking legit. Big, strong body with good hands. No homo.

Chocolate Honey O's
Chocolate Honey O's

After watching that Jeffery ghost action at least once every game it was nice to see Trestman get some usage out of the fake with that nice toss to forte.

niemerg1
niemerg1

jesus, major wright played like shit

DanOnWis23
DanOnWis23

he moves his left arm even right after the injury - I can't see how this is some devestating injury.

Buhlitz
Buhlitz

bush will be invigorating the lions sideline next week

Tearloch
Tearloch

How about burning over 9 minutes on an 18 play drive with the game on the line.  Fucking incredible.

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

Forte knocking the helmet off Hawk sure did invigorate the sideline tonight. 

Tearloch
Tearloch

Not a single called penalty on GB?  

natesweet
natesweet moderator

So. You got a win in FF. Rodgers being AWOL really hurt me. But I am not bummed at all.

robertj72
robertj72

can't blame that on Rodgers. 

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

 Have fun. She's probably drunk after the Bears win.

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

 don't say that to BWC or you'll get a long lecture about how he'll never be more than an average WR2

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

 He's going to be a #1 some day. Not now, but some day.

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

 if it's a fracture they need to give it time to heal or it could get worse

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

 Lining them up like circus seals and sucking them off? 

Tearloch
Tearloch

 On the goat track?  I think not.

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

 That's got to be one of the longer drives of the season.

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

 that was huge.  TD would have been better though.

DanOnWis23
DanOnWis23

 Pass interference on the first TD.

_MKE_
_MKE_ moderator

 Did you see any that should have been called?

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

  I CAN AND WILL. RODGERS YOU QUITTER.

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

  I'd say right about the time Marshall retires.

niemerg1
niemerg1

  not as bad as wright...he went into the wrong gap on both the lacy 30 yard run and the starks TD run

Tearloch
Tearloch

  Briggs has a fracture and was moving his arm, just couldn't raise it over his head.

DanOnWis23
DanOnWis23

  But if its a fracture, wouldn't they take him to the hospital?

Tearloch
Tearloch

Was hoping for a Forte TD there.  Would have won my FF matchup since Rodgers got hurt and got me less than 2 points.

Tearloch
Tearloch

  Don't recall who it was.  Pretty sure if was Forte though.

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

  on one big 3rd down with Marshall out the GB CB had Jeffery's jersey the whole play.  Never let go.  Plain as day on the replay.

But overall it was just a pretty clean game that the refs didn't call ticky tack shit on either side.

Tearloch
Tearloch

I don't watch for penalties, so no, but I find it hard to believe.  That holding on the Bears last possesion was pretty weak.

DanOnWis23
DanOnWis23

  There was a rather obvious DPI on the Packers later that wasn't called - otherwise not really.

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

  A few defensive holds, but nothing game breaking.

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

  I didn't re-watch it, but there was PI on someone on that Bennett/Hawk thing late in the game.

Tearloch
Tearloch

Right, the PI on Marshall's TD.  Still...

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

  Conte looked lost trying to tackle Starks on his TD run.

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

   only 2 weeks, but he still didn't raise his arm over his head.  He'll still be out 4 more weeks.

If Rodgers has a similar fracture, he's looking at 6 weeks too.

DanOnWis23
DanOnWis23

   Briggs has been healing for some time already.

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

   Bush did it at least once.  Lowered his shoulder and ran over him.

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

   Well, Hawk's helmet came off on at least two plays, so why not both?

Preparation_A
Preparation_A

If that one was defensive holding, so wqs that one against nelson in the end zone. They called it loose but f

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

 Yeah, that's one of the holds I saw.  It was pretty blatant.

It was on the replay that they showed from behind McCown.

DanOnWis23
DanOnWis23

  also, the announcers made a big deal of how that stopped the clock, but it did nothing ultimately as the down got repeated and the packers had to call a timeout after the next play.

Tearloch
Tearloch

   That was what I was going for.

DanOnWis23
DanOnWis23

  considering what they hadn't been calling, yes.

Dom Capers Did Nothing Wrong
Dom Capers Did Nothing Wrong

  I didn't see anything obvious that should have been called.  Aside from holding, that the refs weren't calling at all for either team.