Packers hold off Bears, snap losing streak
CHICAGO -- Quarterback Brett Hundley passed for 212 yards and one touchdown, linebacker Nick Perry registered three sacks, and the Green Bay Packers held on for a 23-16 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.
Green Bay (5-4) snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the first time since quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone. The Packers have won 14 of their past 16 games against Chicago.
Rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky completed 21 of 35 passes for 297 yards and one touchdown for the Bears. Chicago (3-6) lost its second consecutive game and fell to 2-3 at home.
The Packers built a 10-6 halftime lead in front of cold, rain-soaked fans along the lakefront.
Green Bay increased its lead to 16-6 on back-to-back field goals by Mason Crosby. He made a 24-yard field goal on the opening possession of the third quarter, he drilled a 50-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.
The Bears pulled within 16-13 with 10:39 to go in the fourth quarter. Trubisky lofted a pass down the left sideline for wide receiver Josh Bellamy, who caught the ball in stride for a 46-yard touchdown.
Hundley found wide receiver Davante Adams for a 19-yard touchdown with 5:29 remaining to make it 23-13.
Bears kicker Connor Barth made a 49-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 23-16 with 3:19 to go.
Packers running back Ty Montgomery was the first player to find the end zone. His 37-yard touchdown run with 11:41 left in the first half gave Green Bay a 10-3 advantage. Fullback Aaron Ripkowski and wide receiver Jordy Nelson sealed off Bears defenders to set up the score.
An odd sequence spoiled a scoring opportunity for Chicago later in the second quarter. The Bears would have had first-and-goal from the 1-yard line, but head coach John Fox challenged a ruling that running back Benny Cunningham went out of bounds before reaching the pylon. The challenge backfired as officials ruled that Cunningham fumbled the ball before it hit the pylon, which resulted in a turnover and a touchback.
NOTES: Packers RBs Aaron Jones (knee) and Ty Montgomery (ribs) both left because of injuries and did not return. ... Bears RB Jordan Howard became the fastest player in franchise history to compile 2,000 career rushing yards. ... Packers QB Brett Hundley became the first signal-caller other than Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers to start against the Bears since 1991. ... Bears LB Danny Trevathan did not play because of a calf injury. ... Packers RT Justin McCray started in place of RT Bryan Bulaga, who tore his ACL last week. ... Bears WR Dontrelle Inman made his team debut and caught six passes for 88 yards. Chicago acquired Inman from the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 26.