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Gutsy fourth-down call capped start of Packers' comeback

13-play, 75-yard TD drive before halftime was crucial

WR Christian Watson
WR Christian Watson

GREEN BAY – The Bears had just covered 63 yards in two plays for a touchdown to take a 13-point lead.

The Packers needed to answer before halftime, and they did with a bold decision.

The Chevy Drive of the Week from Sunday's 28-19 victory covered 75 yards in 13 plays and got the Packers back in the game, cutting their deficit to 16-10 at intermission.

The drive, which began with 6:09 left in the half, got going when QB Aaron Rodgers hit WR Allen Lazard for 11 yards to convert on third-and-8. RB AJ Dillon followed with a run of 16 yards to get across midfield.

Three snaps later, Rodgers found Lazard again on third down, this time for 7 yards, at the two-minute warning.

With a first down at the Chicago 33-yard line, RB Aaron Jones got the ball three straight times – a 2-yard pass, and then runs for 11 and 7 yards, putting the ball on the 13.

After an incomplete pass and 1-yard loss, the Packers faced fourth-and-4 from the 14 with 23 seconds left – and a huge decision. Kick the short field goal to go into halftime down 10? Or go for it but risk still being down 13?

Head Coach Matt LaFleur felt at that point the Packers were going to need a lot of points to win, so he took the game, and Rodgers bought time in the pocket before finding rookie WR Christian Watson for the touchdown.

The Packers went into the locker room at halftime with a big list, and Watson had his seventh TD in his last four games. He would add an eighth in the fourth quarter.

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