The Packers couldn’t have asked for a more impactful night from their units in the 27-20 loss.
“Big impact, especially with all the adversity we had to battle through with injuries,” said rookie safety
“Having that X-factor part of the game to create field position was real big. It’s something we can grow on and improve on.”
The surprise onside kick in the third quarter was a daring move, but it paid off by resulting in a go-ahead field goal. The Packers had just scored a touchdown to tie the game at 17 when the coaches called for kicker
“When he called that play, it’s like ‘Who’s going to get it?’” Banjo said. “You don’t get nervous. It’s about making plays in this league.”
The only hiccup on the night for the special teams was allowing Hester to return a punt 23 yards late in the third quarter. The return put the Bears across midfield at the 47, and they drove for their only second-half TD.
That running game could be needed more than ever, depending on the status of Rodgers and his injured shoulder, but the numbers didn’t mean anything to those involved immediately after the game.
“I don’t care if we rushed for 1,000 yards if we’re not winning at the end of the game,” left tackle
Lacy’s most impressive run came on the Packers’ first play from scrimmage in the second half. He blasted through a hole on the right side and was off to the races, going 56 yards before getting dragged down at the one.
“It was perfectly blocked,” said Lacy, whose 150 yards were the most by a Packers RB in one game since Ryan Grant in 2007. “I just had to make one guy miss and run as fast as I can, pretty much.”
The offensive line was dealing with its own injury, as right guard
The running game didn’t suffer, but breakdowns in pass protection led to backup QB
“We just have to keep grinding,” left guard
More on injuries: In addition to the injuries to Rodgers (shoulder) and Lang (concussion), the Packers also reported injuries to outside linebacker