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Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer is down on the field after a hard hit on 3rd down. Hoyer being helped back to the bench. Matt Barkley is the Bears' backup QB tonight.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

First completion of the night to Alshon Jeffery happened early in the second quarter. Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer entered the game completing 64.7 percent of his pass attempts to Jeffery. So far tonight, Jeffery is 1-for-5 when targeted.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Aaron Rodgers threw 18 passes in the first quarter for the Packers. Multiply that out by four quarters and, well, you've got a lot. My math says it would be 72 attempts.


Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Twelve of Rodgers' 18 pass attempts in that quarter were thrown 5 or fewer yards downfield, he was 8-of-12 for 53 yards on those throws, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

The ageless Jaromir Jagr scores his first goal of the season and No. 750 for his career to pull the Panthers even with the Capitals in the second period. He's really amazing. All smiles on the bench right now.


Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

Love the decision to go for it on 4th and goal from the 1. Not so much the decision to try and run for it without a running back. Still, got to credit McCarthy for creative solutions to personnel problems. And credit the Bears' defense, which looks quick and disciplined in the front seven so far.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

While the Packers obviously wanted a touchdown on that fourth down, they left the Bears' offense in terrible position at the 1-yard line. Given the way the first quarter has gone, they can reasonably expect to get the ball back in excellent field position.

Mike Sando ESPN Senior Writer 

Post-DPI note: Aaron Rodgers entered this game leading the NFL in penalty expected points added (EPA). Doesn't show up in passer rating, but it's one reason his Total QBR was about what it's been thru the first five games of seasons previously.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

In his last four outings, Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda has thrown 60, 67, 63 and 66 pitches. Tonight, he's already thrown 45 in two innings.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

First time Jon Lester walked the first hitter of a game on 4 pitches since 8/30/12, when he walked Mike Trout. Thanks to ESPN Stats & Info's Lee Singer!

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

The Packers' game plan is pretty clear as they play without an experienced running back: Throw, throw and throw some more. They have passed on 14 of their first 16 plays. What is also clear, even to those who don't watch the Packers often: They really don't have a deep threat. They're not a "chunk" offense anymore.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Hoyer is looking for Alshon Jeffery, but the duo has nothing to show for it. Jeffery has been targeted four times by Hoyer, but does not have a reception as the Bears' offense is still struggling to put points on the board.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

With that Packers field goal, the all-time score between the teams in head-to-head regular-season games is tied 3,247 to 3,247, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Really good finish from Bears CB Cre'Von LeBlanc to take away the seam route in the end zone to Randall Cobb. With Aaron Rodgers putting that ball on the back-shoulder, LeBlanc got his hands inside to make a play. Packers take the field goal and a 3-0 lead in the first quarter.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Aaron Rodgers must've thought the Bears had 12 men on the field on the third-and-4 play because he went quickly. And then he didn't see Jordy Nelson wide open up top. Instead of a touchdown, they settle for three, but the Packers have now scored on five of their six game-opening possessions this season.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The Dodgers only immortalize their legends.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

There is a fine line between being creative and being caught on your heels by a severe personnel shortage. To wit: The Packers' first play featured a receiver (Ty Montgomery) taking a carry as a running back. On their next play, the Packers used a running back promoted today from the practice squad (Don Jackson). We shall see how it works out for them.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

LaDarius Gunter shadowed Bears WR Alshon Jeffery on the first series. Brian Hoyer threw his way twice, both incomplete.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

26-pitch first inning for Kenta Maeda, who has now given up 8 ER on 11 hits plus 6 BB in 8.0 IP this postseason -- ERA up to 9.00.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Kenta Maeda has been out there for 8 IP in the postseason. The leadoff man has reached in 4 of them. Must enjoy working from the stretch

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

A view of Kenta Maeda getting through the first inning from the Dodgers bullpen.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Kenta Maeda is not looking sharp yet again for the Dodgers. The rookie right-hander gave up a run in a 26-pitch first inning as the Cubs took an early 1-0 lead in Game 5 of the NLCS.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Considering the way Kenta Maeda has struggled down the stretch, Dave Roberts can't let this game get away early. Alex Wood would be the logical long guy out of the pen, but he threw 32 pitches last night, so it may have to be a game where Roberts churns through his relief staff.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

A view of the action from the Cubs bullpen.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Vin Scully returns to Dodger Stadium for the first time since his retirement.