The Chicago Bears' defense came to play against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, but their offense could only muster 254 yards and three points in a 10-3 opening night loss.
Mitchell Trubisky threw for 228 yards, but his fourth quarter interception in the end zone dashed the Bears' hopes of a comeback, and his sack deep in his own territory in the closing seconds sealed the defeat.
The Bears' defense kept Aaron Rodgers in check, allowing the Packers' quarterback just 203 passing yards, but a second quarter touchdown to Jimmy Graham was all Green Bay needed as they cruised to an opening night win over the Bears for the second straight year.
The game started off as a defensive slugfest and stayed that way through the entire first quarter. The Packers managed negative-12 yards of offense in the first half, and the Bears’ defense repeatedly hit Aaron Rodgers in the early stages of the contest.
The Bears did manage to get on the board first in the game, with Eddy Pineiro knocking through a 38-yard field goal to give the Bears a 3-0 lead with four minutes remaining in the quarter.
The Bears’ defense finally caved a little bit in the second quarter, and Rodgers took full advantage. After hitting Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 47-yard gain, Rodgers found Jimmy Graham in the end zone three plays later, putting the Packers ahead 7-3.
That score remained in place through the end of the half as the Bears’ offense continued to struggle. The Bears had 98 yards of offense in the half and were 1-of-7 on third down, and as a result they trailed after 30 minutes of action.
The third quarter brought more of the same for the Bears, as Trubisky couldn’t find any open receivers. The defense continued to terrorize Rodgers, with Leonard Floyd picking up his second sack of the game and Aaron Lynch getting the fifth team sack of the day.
The Packers managed a field goal in the fourth quarter, but the Bears' offense continued their struggles. The Bears committed three straight penalties early in the fourth to set up a 1st-and-40 situation, and things didn't improve much from there on several unsuccessful drives.
The Bears had a good chance at scoring in the fourth quarter as Trubisky completed several big passes, but a pass to the end zone landed in the hands of former Bears safety Adrian Amos, and the Packers took over possession.
The Bears will now have additional time to prepare for their first road game of the season, as they'll head to Denver to take on former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and the Broncos on Sept. 15.