December 5, 2021

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5 takeaways from Packers’ win over Bears

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5 takeaways from Packers’ win over Bears

2. The injuries keep piling up, and the Packers keep overcoming them.

Center Josh Myers exited early with a knee injury, though LaFleur said afterward he didn’t think it was a season-ender. Safety Darnell Savage sustained a concussion, and outside linebacker Preston Smith left with an oblique injury. No update was provided on the defensive injuries.

Lucas Patrick came off the bench to take over at center, Henry Black filled in at safety, and Jonathan Garvin took more reps at edge rusher, getting his first full NFL sack and chasing Bears QB Justin Fields down on another play for just a short gain.

The depleted defense finished with four sacks in all of Fields, with Dean Lowry getting one, and Kenny Clark getting two in a span of three plays on what became Chicago’s final drive in the fourth quarter. The two Clark sacks cost the Bears 23 yards, the last one taking them out of field-goal range when they might have made it a one-score game around the three-minute mark.

Clark was slow to get up on a play early in the game, but came back and finished strong.

“When he was down, I thought I was going to throw up,” LaFleur said.

“It doesn’t make it easier, that’s for sure,” he added regarding the injuries.

3. The defense and offense rose to the occasion in key moments.

Trailing 10-7, the Bears had the ball at the end of the first half with a chance to double-up, having deferred after winning the coin toss to take the ball first in the third quarter.

The sack by Lowry helped squelch the late second-quarter drive with Chicago closing in on field-goal range, and then the defense forced an early punt to start the second half. Neither end of the double-up materialized for the Bears.

From there, the Packers drove 90 yards for a touchdown to make it a two-score game. Then after the Bears got within 17-14 in the fourth quarter, the Packers responded with a 75-yard drive, capped by Rodgers’ 6-yard scramble for the TD.

“It was a tough, gritty win out there,” LaFleur said. “That’s the best defense we’ve seen. We had to grind it out.”