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Relief: Packers Hang On to Beat Bears 30-27

Everything lined up perfectly for the Green Bay Packers. Both the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings lost. All the Packers had to do was dispose of the three-win Chicago Bears.

The Bears weren’t ready to be disposed of so easily, unfortunately.

In the third quarter, it looked like it would turn into a rout. The Packers put up 17 to build a 27-10 lead. Then the Packers went soft, going away from what got them the lead — aggressive defense and the running of Ty Montgomery, who had 162 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns.

That impotent offense and lackluster defense in the second half allowed the Bears to tie the game at 27. Then, a somewhat-desperation heave by Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson that covered 60 yards on the final drive allowed the Packers to kick a field goal for a 30-27 win.

The dream is alive!

The Packers were largely buoyed by Montgomery, who ran wild when given the chance. Then, in the second half, Mike McCarthy apparently forgot he existed. Relying on Rodgers, who was less than sharp and had a band of receivers who dropped a number of would-be big plays, the Packers couldn’t close it out.

The defense, meanwhile, couldn’t get home on Bears quarterback Matt Barkley, who carved up the Packers’ secondary for 362 yards. The Packers’ lone sack on the day was Julius Peppers’ strip sack to open the second half.

Clay Matthews played, but was completely ineffective, putting up a donut in the box score. That’s something that has become the norm lately.

The back end of the defense did their best bend-but-don’t-break job, except they broke too often, while playing a soft zone for much of the second half.

In the end, it all worked out though, didn’t it?

If you’re a Bears’ fan, you’re probably wondering why your coach didn’t go for the win with the ball inside the Packers’ five on their final drive. Really, the Packers weren’t stopping them and what do you have to lose?

Fortunately for the Packers, John Fox played for the draft pick and went for the tie.

The 1:19 left was time enough for Rodgers and Nelson to pull out the one big play the Packers needed. If you’re Chicago’s defense, you had one job on that second-to-last play — don’t let anyone get behind you.

Fail!

And that’s why you’re a three-win team.

The Packers got lucky on this day and we’ll all breathe a huge sigh of relief.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

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  1. TyKo Steamboat December 18, 2016

    It looks like DropVante is back! Weeeeee! His last catch as red because we won

    Why in the crap did McCarthy not attempt the field goal up 7-0 on the road?

    Really surprised Crosby actually made us a game winner for the first time ever….GPG

    1. icebowl December 18, 2016

      It was cold, sitting in the sun and protected from the wind in Section 152 row 8… Half the field in shade with breezes made the play tough on field. Add to that history of the greatest rival in football and it boils down to fact that either team could have. Not surprsed Bears came back, Barkley, looked like a stud, assisted by GB sieve secondary….
      Was really relieved after Nelson catch – ran out of cold weather gear by mid 4th qtr….

      Bring on the Vikings…

  2. ARS85 December 18, 2016

    Classic Buffon and dom buffoonery in that 4th quarter. Completly abandon what works and let the other team come back. Always plays to not lose instead of playing to win. Matthews is a disgrace he doesn’t deserve to be on the field. Looks like a guy who hates his job. A win is a win though and I’ll take it

    1. ARS85 December 18, 2016

      Buffoon ***

    2. ARS85 December 18, 2016

      Completely ***
      Sorry I’m hungover and struggling to type

  3. TyKo Steamboat December 18, 2016

    Nice to see we can just put a game like this on Datone Jones’ back let him take over for the ‘W’

    1. Savage57 December 19, 2016

      Words I am sick and tired of seeing every time an untested, pedestrian QB plays against the Packers.

      “Most ever.” “New team/NFL Record.” “Season high.”

      D the fuck up, OK?

      1. Zwoeger December 19, 2016

        That not only goes for the QB but almost every game for one or more guys from the opponents or team as a whole.

  4. fire ted mike and Mark December 18, 2016

    After the Seattle win last week it’s likely mike and ted will be back. Never cheer for losses but if any change was gonna happen the losing had to continue. On the other hand, glad to be watching meaningful December games.

    Shoulda been a blowout but dropvante was back and jordy had a big one as well. The cold sucks and makes it tough but the ones Davonte dropped weren’t exactly bullets. The play calls in the second half were pretty bad. Had a big lead and really had no Rhythm. Chi had some good calls to keep the chains moving. Always wonder why we can’t do some things like that to sustain drives. Mike likes the deep pass and when they fail you see how horrible we look and occasionally we get a big one.

    The d really let up and it’s concerning to see Barkley pick them apart. other than the peppers sack, no pass rush. Matthews may be injured but him and Cobb are stealing. Those two better restructure or move on. They surely aren’t worth what they’re getting paid.
    One game at a time, Minnesota looks done. Let’s take care of business at home and we will find ourselves in a winner take all game week 17 once again. Seems like that’s the case every year.

    1. PF4L December 18, 2016

      Couldn’t agree more on Mathews and Cobb. We have to acknowledge injury is a valid reason for lack of production, but, at the same time, it’s still lack of production. If players are injured toward the end of the season, and playing them is non productive, then why even have them play? Sit them.

    2. TyKo Steamboat December 18, 2016

      No Packers coach in your lifetime will have a better record against the dickbag SuckCocko Bears than fat Mike. No one will ever own them like McCarthy

      1. icebowl December 18, 2016

        It helps that the Bears have been pretty pathetic since 1985 and graciously provided MM with a 12th man (Cutty) for many of the wins….

    3. Mike Ditka's Mom December 19, 2016

      Boo fucking hoo!! Why can’t the Packers blowout every opponent they play!! Waaaaaah!!

  5. gort December 18, 2016

    Not happy with lots of play calling, especially early. Too many times the ball was forced deep when 3 yards got a first down. I guess that you could say that it is great for Matthews to play through pain, but the result is that the Packers are playing 10 guys vs. 11. Maybe rest him and let Tripp play for a game or 2. Very fortunate to notch a W today.

  6. PF4L December 18, 2016

    THINGS I KNOW FOR SURE:

    1) Dom Capers literally shit in his pants with 2 minutes to go in the 4th quarter.
    2) Mich Hyde made what was most probably a game saving pass defense play.
    3) Micah Hyde is a turtle and a liability otherwise.
    4) Everyone in the NFL has a clear understanding who Ty Montgomery is now.
    5) Although i’m not smart enough to be a defensive coach, or a defensive coordinator in the NFL. I’m smart enough to have 11 players on the field with the score 27-24 and the bears on the 4 on 3rd and goal with maybe, the season on the line.
    6) Mike McCarthy and Dom Capers can’t thank Rodgers, Nelson, and Crosby enough, for saving their asses.
    7) That was an entertaining game to watch, for any NFL fan. For Packer fans, we were one play away from losing our minds.
    8) John Fox is a candy ass for not putting on his big boy pants on 4th and goal.

    THINGS I’M NOT SURE ABOUT:
    1) Not sure who was taking a nap with Guion running onto the field when the bears were 3rd and goal and Packers only had 10 defenders. Either a coach or Guion, not sure who.
    2) Not sure why the defense did almost everything they could in the 4th quarter to lose that game.
    3) Not sure if i’m buying into Rodgers proclamation that the Packers could run the table, but i’m a whole lot closer than i was 4 weeks ago.
    4) Not sure if Christine Micheal has a career in Green Bay, but no doubt, he bought himself another look today.
    5) Not sure if we’re going to beat the vikings by 14, or by 17 points next Sunday.

    1. PF4L December 18, 2016

      Almost forgot…who was the genius (MORON) telling Lane Taylor to go in for a substitution with no time outs and the clock running down after the Nelson completion?

      That could have easily cost us the game. Luckily Rodgers waved him off the field.

    2. rebelgb December 18, 2016

      PF4L I used to fucking hate you, but lately your making sense and posting good shit. Keep it up bro.

    3. icebowl December 18, 2016

      Good stuff P…..

  7. Chad Lundberg December 18, 2016

    This was a cold-ass road game against a motivated rival that has been playing some very good Football in recent weeks. I knew this game had the potential to be a close one.

    What I’m disappointed in is the fact that the secondary just completely laid an egg in the 4th quarter, after having 4 (3 legitimate) turnovers in the previous 16 minutes. This was the same secondary that essentially shut down Russell Wilson and the red hot Seahawks last week. What the hell happened??? I still feel strongly that TT made a huge mistake by not reactivating Sam Shields.

    That and the pass rush near non-existent. The Bears do have a good O-line to their credit, and the secondary wasn’t doing them ANY favors, but this just shows how much we really do miss a healthy Matthews and especially Nick Perry.

    The drive prior to our final drive, Rodgers reportedly had Randall Cobb and Montgomery wide open right in front of him on 3rd down, but got greedy (surprise) and held onto the ball for the long pass and wound up sacked. The Play-calling wasn’t actually that bad, it was the players, especially Rodgers, refusing to execute.

    1. PF4L December 18, 2016

      Not sure having Shields in, changes things a lot. Remember Bortles threw for 320 yards against a healthy defense in week 1. Our problems are bigger than Shields.

      Sam Bradford threw for almost 300 in week 2. Stafford threw for 385 yards in week 3. Now today, the bears 3rd string QB throws for 362 fucking yards. It’s a good thing he throws those picks and we turn them into points today because if we didn’t, we lose this game.

      Think about it, a 3-10 team with a 3rd string QB scores 27 on us, and gains 449 yards of offense. reminds me of the 4 game losing streak. We got through this one by the skin of our teeth.

    2. nick December 18, 2016

      It isnt the secondary. Its zero pass rush. Matthews cant even beat 1 on 1 blocking and perry was out. Barkley had all day.

      1. Chad Lundberg December 19, 2016

        According to what I’m reading, the tape shows the secondary playing like they did during the 4 game losing streak. Randall even got benched. Rollins reportedly kept his eyes on the QB and the backfield and his opponent kept blowing past him as a result.

    3. Deepsky December 19, 2016

      No pass rush because Josh Sitton wasn’t about to get burned by Mike Daniels.

  8. Empacador December 18, 2016

    Glad to see the Packers snatch victory from the jaws of victory. I am so glad I don’t feel the need to act like a douche and text my Bear fan neighbors to gloat, even after the 3rd quarter. I agreed with the sentiments by someone here who said this had the making of a trap game. McCarthy deciding to impose his will or whatever that 4th down attempt was rather than taking the points, my brother and I said it was probably come back and haunt the Packers like so many decisions the last few years have.

    I guess this means what, a minimum 2 more years of status quo. At least they accomplished something historic that probably none of us here have ever experienced in our lifetimes. The Packers finally tie the all time series, to hopefully take the lead and extend it next season.

    1. Zwoeger December 19, 2016

      Exactly what I thougt about that attempt . Was my first note .

  9. PackAttack December 18, 2016

    The 2016 Green Bay Packers finally look like the Super Bowl team we all thought they would be back in September, although with Mike McCarthy at the helm one has to wonder where the fuck a lot of this was 2 months ago? The fact that the Packers “appear” to be pulling themselves out of the hole they’ve dug — it shouldn’t eliminate the fact that they were in that hole in the first place.

    Where in the hell is the justification in using James Starks for the first two-thirds of the season? I’d like an explanation on why he’s even on this roster? I’ve been asking this question for two months — why is James Starks even a Packer to begin with? You can now make the case that he’s a HUGE reason why this offense was ineffective for the better part of the season, the guy fucking sucks and the coaching staff knew it yet continued playing him over Montgomery. I’m not even going to get started on Montgomery as the featured back — I’ve lobbied for the guy since day #1 it’s a fucking colossal joke he was used so little during Indy, Tennessee, and Washington. Fucking comical joke. And yes it matters b/c had McCarthy committed to him sooner GB is more effective on offense and probably wins the Indy game and makes the Washington game a lot more compelling when you consider Starks had 9 touches (avg 2.8 per touch) and dropped 2 screen passes.

    It’s time to give up on Clay Matthews and Randall Cobb — overpaid turds who produce and contribute next to nothing to this team.

    Davante Adams continue to be Davante Adams. One week he’s Sterling Sharpe the next he’s Jermichael Finley.

    Health and Defense are going to be the keys to this team over the next month. Rodgers must find a way to stay healthy and be mobile. With a healthy Rodgers, a productive Ty Montgomery, a healthy Jared Cook and decently efficient offensive line — this offense is good enough to beat anyone in the league, it’s not even close. Defensively this team needs to find a way to get off the field on 3rd downs — the 2nd half collapse today is typical of this unit — Clay Matthews isn’t a presence anymore, the defensive backfield continues to be hit or miss — it’s all going to be if this defense can stop teams like Atlanta and Dallas in January.

    1. PF4L December 18, 2016

      I think the offense may look Super Bowl caliber, but i don’t have enough beer at the house to proclaim the same about the defense.

      Although i hesitate, i’m giving Adams some latitude with how cold it was and the fact he’s been pretty clutch lately. even Jordy dropped one or two he should have had.

    2. DJ December 19, 2016

      Agreed. Montgomery playing RB is an accident (albeit a blessed one) born out of necessity/injury. Otherwise, we’d still be plodding along with Lacy & Starks, still married to a strictly power game, still reliant on two north/south runners, and still one dimensional in the run game. THAT, to me, is thee tactical & personnel blunder of McCarthy’s run game over the past few years. We’ve had no change of pace RB, nobody with burst, speed, lateral quickness, change of direction, & dynamic ability in the 2nd level. Nobody with the athleticism to make something out of nothing. So we’ve been robbing peter (WRs) to pay paul (run game) in order to bring that dimension into play by using Cobb & now Montgomery. In other words, gimmicks. A few yrs back Jonathan Franklin, a guy with that shifty skill set, shredded a very good Bengals D on the road for 100+ yds on like 12 carries. And it wasnt because we were blowing anybody off the line of scrimmage. I remember being pissed that he fumbled the ball & we lost….but more pissed because I knew we’d never see him or that change of pace again. The fact that it took injuries to bring that dimension….legitimately….to our run game (years later!!) via the Montgomery position change & the acquisition of Michael….is a serious condemnation of McCarthy’s tunnel vision & lack of creativity. Still, by accident or design…I’ll take it. Better late than never!!

      1. Kato December 19, 2016

        I would argue they did with Jonathan Franklin was a change of pace guy, unfortunate packers luck there though.

  10. John dwyer December 18, 2016

    Why the hell is Montgomery still returning kick offs? Anyone else think this is absolutely crazy? If he gets hurt on a kick off, it’s all over, especially when Janis is healthy and can do this job at the same level.

    1. MMTTDCSUCK December 19, 2016

      My thoughts exactly.

  11. Howard December 18, 2016

    Is it just me or did Damarious Randall have a very bad game? Suprised no one has commented on Randall’s play? He was either hurt or did not want to be involved in a cold game. The guy looks like he is trying to avoid contact. Did the team make Randall sit the final Bears drive? I do not recall seeing Randall on the last Bears drive.

    1. MJ December 18, 2016

      Contrary to the SEA game, the DBs only had a very loose coverage on their receivers. There was almost always a 6yds radius from Bears’ receivers to our nearest defender. How they went from extremely sticky a game ago to have a college tight coverage today, is beyond comprehension.

    2. Kato December 19, 2016

      I noticed too

    3. Zwoeger December 19, 2016

      And that’s where I come in. My first note whas on that fourth down play. The rest was on al that stupid and now I say it FUCKING Randall who plays like a safety but he can’t tackle too and as I said many times before he can’t cover . In between was a note about Lacy’s gone.

  12. MJ December 18, 2016

    This is the third time the defense has less men on the field and there is someone trying to get on the field and in position before the play starts. There’s the late entrance by Fackrell. By some miracle the Redskins didn’t snap the ball earlier. Then, Christian Ringo’s “delayed blitz” where he was running into the field when the ball was snapped. He ended up using that momentum against a guard, pushing him back into Russel Wilson. As funny as it was to watch, it was due to a mistake on our part, not by any clever play design. And now, Guion coming in late. Those lapses do not bespeak good organization.

  13. john smith December 18, 2016

    Did anyone notice the commentators saying Rodgers was telling a o-line to go back to the sideline on that 60 yard throw ? Who is making these calls ?

    And why did the cornerbacks, especially Randell, line 10 yards away from the WRs all game ? That touchdown he gave up, dude was playing 10 yards off, and 5 yards inside from where the WR was.

  14. john smith December 18, 2016

    Clay Matthews and Randell Cobb should never step foot on the field again for the packers. They both probably average $20,000,000 a season to do nothing.

    1. MMTTDCSUCK December 19, 2016

      TT “The Frugal GM” is a genius . . . it shows doesn’t it! What a putz! Matthews has been over-rated for a few years now. Cobb is a decent player who is being grossly overpaid.

  15. Deepsky December 19, 2016

    It’s looking more and more like the Packers are going to make it to the playoffs….where they will lose again to a visiting Giants team.

  16. JD December 19, 2016

    I don’t know about Cobb, but where’s Matthews? He’s running at half speed, and little or no pass rush. Is he hurt, doesn’t fucking care, or what? Jake Ryan played much harder than Matthews. Lucky to pull that one out, thought we were toast on that last Bears drive.

  17. Zwoeger December 19, 2016

    Smart guy that Fox. First coach finally targetting Randall a lot . Got him two td’s

  18. MMTTDCSUCK December 19, 2016

    Another game that had some excitement to it. But that fucking Buffoon and Capers coached like shit again. The D blew chunks again. What happened to tight coverage? The 4th Q collapse . . . What a fucking surprise. Buffoon with his inept play calling and Rodgers missing short routes to go long and negate the first down. Rodgers DID play good for most of the game though. Buffoon once again riding this poor bastards coattails . . . which again now relieves that fucking Mark Murphy from doing his job and jettisoning this Triumvirate Cluster Fuck of TT, MM, and DC. I do love to see the Packers win, but these wins the last few years merely protract the inevitable case of regime change to another year in the future . . . one that now will likely benefit another QB1 and NOT Aaron Rodgers and that is a fucking shame . . .

  19. Mike Ditka's Mom December 19, 2016

    Packers win! 3 in a row! 2 more to win the division!

    But you wouldn’t think that here at Total TMZ Packers! It’s the usual bitch bitch bitch circle jerk of misery and dispair. Who took it in the face this week? I bet it was MMTTDCSUCK. I hope you all get a bag of dicks for Chirstmas.

    Win or lose I’ll be ENJOYING my Green Bay like a TRUE FAN!

    1. Mike Ditka's Mom December 19, 2016

      Sorry, 4 in a row.

      Oh, the humanity. Fire everyone! I’m insecure and I hate my life!! Fire everybody!! Please, won’t somebody listen to me!!

      1. Empacador December 19, 2016

        STILL bitching about people…because people bitch about the Packers. What a precious, special, hypocritical and moronic snowflake you are! Maybe you would be better suited for sites like Packers.com, gb press gazette, PFT, jsonline, ESPN or any number of sites that promote censoring comments and don’t allow negative view points, even when such negativity may be warranted.

    2. MMTTDCSUCK December 19, 2016

      What? are you projecting YOUR wish list? Sorry that I get under your skin . . . Not! Go suck Mike Ditka’s dick you fuck. Better than that, just fuck off you fucking fuck. If you read the post, you saw that I like them to win . . . I just want them to win in the playoffs more than the homer fuck lickspittle that you are. Go play with your toys shit for brains.

  20. PF4L December 19, 2016

    ^

  21. Zwoeger December 19, 2016

    So far for the creativity of lil’ Mike ( twice!! with Janis). Hell I would’nt be supprised if that Giant muppet gets his third ring.