The Packers did receive a little luck in their 23-16 victory, ending a three-game losing streak, and it came in the form of the sloppy Bears, who came off their bye week to unleash 60 minutes of penalties, mental mistakes and pass-protection issues. Plus what undoubtedly was the worst successful challenge in NFL history.
The Bears looked poised to tie the game midway through the second quarter as Benny Cunningham took a screen 23 yards down to the Green Bay 2-yard line, where he was ruled out of bounds. Bears head coach John Fox thought Cunningham hit the pylon with the ball — and was right about that. But the replay also showed that Cunningham lost control of the ball, which shockingly resulted in a touchback and Packers ball.
“I feel like [Fox] had my back,” Cunningham said. “It just didn’t work out for us as a team. I appreciate him throwing the flag, saying I was in. I honestly thought I was in. I said I was in when I came back to the sideline.
“So I take all the heat for that unfortunate play.”
The Packers took control thereafter, but it wasn’t until the fourth quarter that Hundley, Williams and Davante Adams (three catches for 79 yards, touchdown in that quarter alone) delivered the knockout blows.
The Packers had 199 yards of offense in the first three quarters but 143 in the final 15 minutes. They stretched the lead to 16-6 on a drive that actually started the late third quarter, and Williams touched the ball on the first seven plays of the drive. That was the 10-play, 26-yard slobberknocker that ended in a Mason Crosby field goal.