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No third downs needed to go up three scores

WR Allen Lazard finds end zone in return from injury

RB Aaron Jones, WR Allen Lazard
RB Aaron Jones, WR Allen Lazard

GREEN BAY – The Chicago Bears opened Sunday night's game with a touchdown drive on which they didn't have to convert a single third down.

The Packers returned the favor not once, but twice in the first half, and the second one is the Chevy Drive of the Week from the 27-10 victory.

Leading by 10 points, the Packers took over on their own 33-yard line with 3:10 left in the first half after the defense forced its third straight three-and-out.

RB Aaron Jones got it started with a 14-yard run around the left side and then, after RB AJ Dillon gained just a yard heading into the two-minute warning, Jones got free again for 15 yards on a screen pass to get the Packers inside the Chicago 40.

A 3-yard run by Dillon then preceded one of the few off-schedule plays of the night, as QB Aaron Rodgers stepped up and out of the pocket to buy time and find WR Randall Cobb with a dart to the sideline for 20 yards. That gave the offense a first down in the red zone.

A 9-yard pass in the flat to TE Robert Tonyan followed, and then Rodgers finished it off with a play-action fake and quick throw to WR Allen Lazard, whose outside-in move got him open at the goal line. The 5-yard score was a nice welcome back for Lazard, who missed Week 1 with an ankle injury, and it put the Packers up by three scores at 24-7.

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