By Greg Stiller: The Green Bay Packers (5-3) lost their start quarterback Aaron Rodgers tonight to a shoulder injury in the 1st quarter after he took a big hit by a defensive lineman from the Chicago Bears (5-3). Once Rodgers was out of the game, the Packers’ chances of winning the game went with it. The Packers backup quarterback Senaca Wallace was a poor replacement for Rodgers, and the Packers ended up losing the game by a 27-20 score at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The Bears were playing with a backup quarterback of their own in Josh McCown, who was playing in his second game in relief of injured starter Jay Cutler. McCown played about as good as Cutler would have if he had been in this game tonight. McCown ended up throwing for 2 touchdowns on22 of 41 passes for 273 yards with 1 sack. He had touchdown passes of 23 yards to Brandon Marshall in the 1st quarter at 9:48, and 6 yards to Alshon Jeffery in the 3rd quarter at 2:41.
The Bears led 17-10 at halftime. The Packers were able to come back and score 10 points in the 3rd quarter to make it 24-20 in favor of the Bears. However, the Packers were unable to score any points in the 4th quarter and ended up losing 27-20.
Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy really stepped up tonight in rushing for 150 yards on 22 carries with 1 touchdown run of 1 yard in the 3rd quarter. James Starks rushed for 40 yards on 6 carries.
Bears running back Matt Forte rushed for 122 yards on 24 carries with 1 touchdown.
Packers quarterback Seneca Wallace completed 11 of 19 passes for just 114 yards with 1 interception and 4 sacks. He threw mostly short passes that were easy to complete but wound up with very few yards. Wallace has never had a particularly strong arm, and it’s kind of surprising that the Packers didn’t stick with the 30-year-old Vince Young when they had him in preseason, because he would have given them a chance to win the game tonight with his strong arm and running ability. If nothing else, Young could have been a running threat for the Packers if they had him on the team.
Bears receiver Brandon Marshall caught 7 passes for 108 yards with 1 touchdown. Alshon Jeffery caught 5 passes for 60 yards.
Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson caught 4 passes for 67 yards.