Rodgers blow as Packers lose
The Green Bay Packers lost quarterback Aaron Rodgers to injury and then lost the game as the Chicago Bears scored an upset 27-20 victory at Lambeau Field.
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The Bears beat their NFC North rivals for the first time in seven attempts behind their own back-up quarterback Josh McCown, standing in for the injured Jay Cutler.
The Packers lost Rodgers early in the game when he hurt his non-throwing shoulder as he was sacked by Shea McClellin.
Brandon Marshall had seven catches for 107 yards and Matt Forte ran for 125 yards and a score for Chicago.
Rodgers took a few warm-up throws with back-up Seneca Wallace but, after being examined by medical staff, ran into the Green Bay locker room.
He wasn't seen again until midway through the third quarter, when he came back onto the field in sweats. Though he waved to fans with his right hand, and didn't appear to be wearing a brace, he kept his left hand jammed in his pocket.
The win pulls the Bears into a three-way tie for first in the NFC North with Green Bay and Detroit, all at 5-3. The loss spoiled another big night by Green Bay rookie Eddie Lacy, who ran for 150 yards and a touchdown.
Green Bay has been hit hard by injuries, with James Jones (knee) returning Monday night after a two-game absence and sackmaster Clay Matthews (thumb) and tight end Jermichael Finley still out. Wide receiver Randall Cobb (leg) is also on the injured list-designated to return.
After a series of forgettable backups under Lovie Smith, the Bears signed McCown when Cutler was hurt two years ago.
He played well enough then to stick around, and his familiarity with his receivers and coach Marc Trestman's system was evident. McCown may not have been dazzling, going 22 for 41 for 272 yards.
But he mixed his passes effectively to Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Forte.
Jeffery had five catches for 60 yards, including a six-yard grab for the go-ahead touchdown at the end of the third quarter.
Better yet, McCown didn't do anything to hurt the Bears, which is more than Wallace can say.
Wallace hadn't played a game since the 2011 season finale, and the rust was evident. He was intercepted on his very first series by Julius Peppers and was sacked twice, once by Peppers and once by McClellin.
The Packers had a second-and-goal from the Bears five-yard line late in the third quarter and were forced to settle for Mason Crosby's 23-yard field goal after Wallace overthrew James Jones and Andrew Quarless.
Green Bay would get no further than the Bears 39 the rest of the game as Wallace finished 11 of 19 for 114 yards.