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Fumble mars another 100-yard game from Eddie Lacy

History of close contests in number-retirement games


GREEN BAY – Eddie Lacy would love to have one play back.

His second straight 100-yard rushing performance was tarnished by a fumble in the second quarter of the Packers' 17-13 Thanksgiving night loss to the Bears.

At the end of a 15-yard run, Lacy got the ball punched out from behind by Bears safety Chris Prosinski, and linebacker Lamarr Houston recovered at the Green Bay 34-yard line.

Nine plays later, the Bears were in the end zone and tied the score at 7.

"Very frustrated, especially because they scored after it," Lacy said of the fumble, his second lost fumble this season.

"I didn't see the guy behind me. I should have just kept it with two hands and went to the ground and lived to play the next play, but when you fumble, it's not a good feeling."

Lacy began the game with a season-long 29-yard run on his first carry and he scored a touchdown on a 25-yard screen pass in the first quarter. But after the fumble, he was on the bench for the final two offensive series of the first half.

He came back in the third quarter and got going again, with four straight carries for 21 yards on the first drive. He also opened a fourth-quarter possession with three straight runs for 12 yards.

The running game was doing its job, and Lacy finished with 17 carries for 105 yards, hitting the century mark in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. James Starks added 39 yards on seven rushes, and the two backs combined for eight pass receptions for 75 more yards.

It wasn't enough, though, as drive after drive that started with promise would stall, for one reason or another.

"We just have to be more consistent, have to make the plays that are there," Lacy said. "We have to capitalize and make sure we keep the ball moving.

"A lot of players are frustrated. We just have to keep fighting."

Always close: The Packers are now 2-3 in games played when a franchise great has his number retired, and all five games have been decided by four points or less.

There's no record of a public ceremony for the retirement of Tony Canadeo's No. 3, but prior to Thursday night's loss, here were the results of the others:

  • Don Hutson's No. 14: Dec. 2, 1951, lost to New York Yanks, 31-28
  • Bart Starr's No. 15: Nov. 11, 1973, beat St. Louis Cardinals, 25-21
  • Ray Nitschke's No. 66: Dec. 4, 1983, beat Chicago Bears, 31-28
  • Reggie White's No. 92: Sept. 18, 2005, lost to Cleveland Browns, 26-24

The Packers and Bears faced off on Thanksgiving night for the 192nd time; the rivalry is the NFL's oldest. Photos by Jim Biever,

Thursday night's loss was a major letdown for the rain-soaked crowd, particularly after an uplifting halftime ceremony during which Brett Favre and Starr embraced at midfield.

"You've got a guy like Brett Favre, Bart Starr coming back, you want to win games," defensive end Datone Jones said. "We had a lot of alumni here tonight. We were playing amongst some of the greats. We didn't get the job done."

Injury update: Right tackle Bryan Bulaga left the game in the second half with an ankle injury and was replaced by Don Barclay.

Rookie cornerback Damarious Randall left the game with a knee injury, leading to snaps for Demetri Goodson in some of the defense's sub-packages.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers had an injury of some sort to his left hand or wrist, but he did not miss any snaps. He did hand the ball off with his right hand on one running play to the right, though, the type of handoff normally executed with his left.

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