Week 6 updates: A missed tackle by Bears safety Tashaun Gipson leads to a Packers TD — and a 17-7 lead in the 4th quarter
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3rd quarter: Missed tackle leads to a Packers TD
Bears safety Tashaun Gipson missed a tackle on a short pass from Aaron Rodgers to Aaron Jones, and Jones went 12 yards for a touchdown and a 17-7 Packers lead.
Jones had a 28-yard carry on the second play of the Packers drive and also had a 10-yard catch one play before the touchdown.
Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson was called for pass interference against wide receiver Davante Adams on third-and-4 to help the Packers extend the drive.
Halftime: Packers 10, Bears 7
The Bears failed to take capitalize on a late second-quarter scoring opportunity and went into halftime trailing the Packers 10-7.
On second-and-8 from the Packers’ 33-yard line, Bears quarterback Justin Fields nearly threw an interception to Packers safety Adrian Amos in the end zone. But officials ruled Amos made the catch out of bounds, and the call stood upon review.
Fields was then called for a delay of game and was sacked for a loss of 10 yards on third down, pushing the Bears out of field-goal range.
Fields’ biggest play on the drive was a 12-yard completion to Marquise Goodwin to get to the Packers 35. Allen Robinson was open deep earlier in the drive, but Fields ran 7 yards for a first down instead.
Fields completed 7 of 12 passes for 69 yards and an interception in the first half. Running back Khalil Herbert had 10 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 8 of 11 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. The Packers rushed for 81 yards.
2nd quarter: Mason Crosby’s FG gives Packers the lead
Packers kicker Mason Crosby made a 39-yard field goal to give the Packers a 10-7 lead against the Bears with 4:09 to play in the second quarter.
Bears safety Tashaun Gipson missed a tackle on A.J. Dillon’s 36-yard run to open the drive that brought the Packers to the Bears’ 22-yard line.
After the Packers got to the Bears 9, Bears outside linebacker Robert Quinn stopped Dillon for a loss of 6 yards.
On third-and-15, Packers wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown was called for offensive pass interference for pushing off Bears defensive back Xavier Crawford on his catch in the end zone.
That gave the Packers third-and-25 from the 25, and Aaron Rodgers hit Davante Adams with a 5-yard pass to set up the field goal.
2nd quarter: Packers tie it up
Aaron Rodgers threw a 1-yard shovel pass to Allen Lazard for a touchdown to tie the game 7-7 with 9:59 to play in the second quarter.
Rodgers gained 2 yards on a fourth-and-1 earlier in the drive and then hit Davante Adams for a 32-yard gain after Adams got past cornerback Jaylon Johnson.
Aaron Jones rushed for 5, 8, 2 and 6 yards to get the Packers to third-and-1 at the 1-yard line, and Lazard then scored.
Bears defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for yelling at Rodgers to open the drive, though a replay showed Rodgers grabbed Edwards’ facemask first.
Bears quarterback Justin Fields threw an interception to Packers safety Darnell Savage in the end zone on the Bears second drive to give the Packers the ball.
Fields potentially thought the Packers jumped offsides and that he was taking a shot on a free play. He let loose a deep throw that was well past wide receiver Allen Robinson. But no flag was thrown, and the Packers were awarded the interception.
1st quarter: New returner Jakeem Grant injured
Bears returner Jakeem Grant went to the locker room after a left ankle injury, and his return was announced as questionable.
Grant was injured while being taken down on a 27-yard punt return late in the first quarter. He stayed down for a couple of minutes on the Packers sideline and then walked slowly across the field on his own.
The Bears acquired Grant from the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 5 to boost their return game.
1st quarter: Bears go up 7-0 early
Rookie running back Khalil Herbert’s first career touchdown run gave the Bears a 7-0 lead against the Packers with 6:45 to play in the first quarter.
Herbert got the Bears drive going with a 9-yard run. Bears quarterback Justin Fields completed a 15-yard pass to Cole Kmet, an 11-yard pass to Darnell Mooney and a 20-yard pass to Allen Robinson to get deep into Packers territory.
Packers cornerback Isaac Yiadom was called for defensive pass interference while trying to cover Bears wide receiver Marquise Goodwin near the goal line, and the Bears got the ball at the 1.
Two plays later, Herbert scored.
The Packers started moving the ball well on their first drive when Aaron Rodgers broke for a 16-yard run to open it. He hit Allen Lazard for a 13-yard pass two plays later to get to the Bears 36-yard line.
But A.J. Dillon rushed for no gain, Rodgers overthrew Davante Adams deep, and Khalil Mack sacked Rodgers for a loss of 9 yards on third down.
Packers center Josh Myers had to be helped off the field on the drive because of a knee injury, and he was questionable to return.
Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson, outside linebacker Khalil Mack and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks all are active for Sunday’s game against the Packers at Soldier Field.
All three players were listed as questionable to play Friday after they missed practices during the week.
Robinson is dealing with an ankle injury. Mack has been playing through a foot injury, and Hicks sat out Week 5 after suffering a groin injury a week earlier in the first quarter against the Detroit Lions.
The Bears previously announced tight end J.P. Holtz (quad) and inside linebacker Caleb Johnson (knee) would be out. Other inactives are quarterback Nick Foles, wide receiver Breshad Perriman, cornerback Artie Burns and nose tackle Khyiris Tonga.
For the Packers, cornerback Kevin King, safety Vernon Scott, linebacker Isaiah McDuffie, offensive lineman Dennis Kelly and defensive lineman Jack Heflin are inactive.
Justin Fields knows something about performing in rivalry games after leading Ohio State past Michigan in college.
But Sunday will be the rookie’s first crack at the Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers rivalry.
Bears coach Matt Nagy often praises Fields’ ability to rise up in big moments. That helps with Nagy’s confidence in the young quarterback as the Bears prepare to host the NFC North-leading Packers at Soldier Field. The Packers have won the last four meetings and nine of the last 10.
“You see it on tape (with Fields). You can see it on TV. And then to be able to see it live and have it firsthand, and to see how he handles situations, there’s a calm for all of us,” Nagy said. “The fact that he’s that way, that’s a strength that not everybody has. When you play in front of over 100,000 people for all your (Ohio State) home games, it certainly helps you. And when you’re in these moments in the NFL, you’re able to use that to your advantage.”
Fields and the Bears offense will try to keep up with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers despite being shorthanded in the run game.
David Montgomery is on injured reserve with a sprained knee, and backup Damien Williams tested positive for COVID-19 this week. That leaves sixth-round pick Khalil Herbert as the top option at running back.
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Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson (ankle), outside linebacker Khalil Mack (foot), defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (groin) and kick returner Jakeem Grant (groin) were listed as questionable for Sunday after missing or being limited in practices this week.
Tight end J.P. Holtz (quad) and inside linebacker Caleb Johnson (knee) will not play.
Several players participated in full Friday but still were listed as questionable: safety Eddie Jackson (knee), defensive backs Duke Shelley (ankle), Xavier Crawford (back) and Artie Burns (foot), inside linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe (hamstring) and running back Ryan Nall (ankle).
Along with Damien Williams, wide receivers coach Mike Furrey is expected to miss the game while in COVID-19 protocol.
The Bears flexed running back Artavis Pierce from the practice squad to the active roster as a COVID-19 replacement and flexed offensive lineman Dieter Eiselen to the active roster.
For the Packers, cornerback Kevin King is out. Offensive tackle Dennis Kelly is doubtful, and guard Elgton Jenkins and wide receiver Malik Taylor are questionable.