Packers strike late to beat Cutler, Bears
Facing third-and-1 at the 50-yard line, Rodgers faked play action and heaved a rainbow of a throw deep to Jennings, who ran in for the go-ahead score. Rodgers found Jennings again for a 2-point conversion.
“It was important for us to get a win like this tonight,” Rodgers said. “It’ll definitely build our team character.”
Rodgers finished 17 of 28 for 184 yards for the
“There were a lot of failures,” Cutler said. “We’ve got to go back and look at it. I think we’re still going to be a good football team, there’s no need to panic.”
“It’s pretty simple what happened tonight,” Smith said. “Any time that you have four turnovers, you’re normally not going to win the football game, especially against a good
After throwing three interceptions in the first half, Cutler settled down to lead Chicago to a touchdown and a field goal in the third quarter, giving the
But Chicago’s head-scratching fake punt attempt early in the fourth quarter gave the ball back to
Cutler answered with a drive for a 21-yard field goal by
“It definitely boosts his confidence,”
McCarthy noted that Rodgers’ performance came after a less-than-ideal performance by a revamped offensive line that gave up four sacks.
“He had a rough night,” McCarthy said. “He was hit a bunch. Our pass protection was not what we were looking for.”
Rodgers generally had a successful first season as a starter last year, but was criticized by some fans for not coming through in some key late-game situations – although the
That wasn’t a problem Sunday night as Green Bay got steady pass rush pressure out of its revamped 3-4 alignment under new defensive coordinator Dom Capers, forcing Cutler to scramble out of trouble all night. Cutler made plenty of trouble for himself from there, making poor decisions under pressure.
For all the pregame discussion about Cutler’s arrival in Chicago after an offseason trade from Denver, and the potential potency of Green Bay’s offense in Rodgers’ second year as a starter, few would have guessed the score with less than six minutes left in the first half:
Scrambling to avoid pressure, Cutler unleashed a lazy pass over the middle with no apparent