GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Chicago's offense did its part in starting the second half fast, but one coverage gaffe by safety Major Wright kick-started a 14-point third quarter for the Green Bay Packers, which led 28-10 after three quarters.
Just a minute and 32 seconds after the Bears pulled within four (14-10) on an impressive drive to start the second half, Wright bit on a playaction fake and Packers receiver Jordy Nelson blew past to catch a 55-yard bomb from Aaron Rodgers; the quarterback’s third touchdown of the night.
The mistake short-circuited the momentum Chicago’s offense seemed to have built, and defensively the gaps in coverage only widened as the Bears allowed another Rodgers scoring strike to James Jones with 1:54 left in the quarter.
The meltdown on defense led to pressure on the offense to keep pace. Charlie Peprah picked off a McCown pass intended for Earl Bennett on the ensuing drive and returned it 21 yards to the Chicago 33. As the third quarter came to a close the Packers held possession on the Bears 5.
Chicago started the second half with a six-play, 71-yard drive in which McCown connected with Bennett for a 49-yard completion down to the Green Bay 1. Kahlil Bell, who reached the 100-yard rushing mark just two minutes into the quarter, took a sweep toward the Chicago sideline and the ball was stripped loose by Peprah.