In what is going to go down as one of the wildest finishes in recent Packers history, the Green Bay Packers crept by the frisky Bears to win their 4th in a row. Aaron Rogers led the Packers down the field with a huge pass to Nelson to give Crosby a chance to kick a game winning field goal to win the game and with it the Packers inched closer to taking the NFC North.
It was a beautiful game for the Packers offense; not so much for the defense. They gave up 27 points to the Bears and 362 yards to Matt Barkley through the air. They’re going to catch a break against a terrible Vikings offense next week, but they were exposed against the Bears and other teams are going to take advantages of those weaknesses.
All that really mattered in the end was that the Packers got the win. The biggest takeaways from Sunday’s game were:
Ty Montgomery is the answer for the Packers at RB
162 yards on 16 carries with 2 touchdowns is what Montgomery put up Sunday. He’s averaging over 10 yards a run there which is absolutely phenomenal for a rusher in the NFL and he’s explosive nearly every time he gets the ball. The Packers running game stole the show and it’s going to drastically increase their post season chances if they can keep it up.
— NFL (@NFL) December 19, 2016
Christine Michael made the most of his opportunities as well, breaking one run for 42 yards and a touchdown.
Aaron Rodgers further cements his place among the best of the best
His 60 yard bomb to Jordy Nelson to win the game was one of the greatest throws of the season and his ability to keep his team calm and get the spike in time showed his on the field leadership ability. He also played through an injured leg to total 252 yards on 19 attempts.
Can we talk about this @aaronrodgers12 throw?
— NFL (@NFL) December 18, 2016
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The Packers defense stumbles again
To those who have been keeping an eye on the Bears, it’s not a surprise that Barkley and Howard (two of the biggest bright spots in Chicago this season) were able to put 27 points on the board. What is a surprise is that the Packers let them. Starting on the fateful MNF game against the Eagles this Packers defense had really stiffened, but they gave up a lot of points on Sunday to an offense that’s nowhere near playoff caliber. It’s definitely something to keep an eye on as Green Bay keeps an eye on the postseason.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is an interception machine
With two picks against the Bears, Clinton-Dix moved up to five on the season and it ties him with players like Stephon Gilmore, Landon Collins and Marcus Peters.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 18, 2016
For a Packers defense that’s been shaky at times, having a player playing at that level is a huge boon and spells good things for the future of this Green Bay defense.