Bears-Packers second-quarter reflections

Posted Jan. 02, 2011 @ 4:56 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

It looks like nothing at all is going to come easy for the Packers in a must-win situation. Green Bay's offense shot nothing but blanks in the first half matched up against a Bears defense that has definitely come to play, as Chicago entered halftime with a 3-0 lead.

The stage is set for an extremely tense second half, as Bears head coach Lovie Smith must decide how long he wants to keep his starting defensive unit on the field with essentially nothing to play for except making sure the Packers stay out of the playoffs.

Aaron Rodgers had his moments in the first half, but he did not have much help. Both WRs Greg Jennings and James Jones dropped catchable passes late in the first half, with Jennings missing out on what would have been a sure TD after getting past Bears CB Tim Jennings. In addition, Packers first-round ORT Bryan Bulaga had a very rough first half, allowing a sack and being called for a costly false-start penalty.

The only scoring in the first half came on a routine Robbie Gould field goal set up by a big pickup on 3rd-and-2 by RB Matt Forté with a dumpoff from Jay Cutler, who looked impressive escaping from Clay Matthews' relentless pressure before delivering the ball to Forte.