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Packers answered when Bears rallied in second half

61-yard drive for early fourth-quarter TD kept Green Bay in command

WR Romeo Doubs
WR Romeo Doubs

GREEN BAY – When the Chicago Bears had suddenly gotten back into the game late in the third quarter Sunday, the Packers needed an answer.

The offense provided it with the Chevy Drive of the Week, a five-play, 61-yard touchdown march.

The Bears had just scored their first touchdown with 59 seconds left in the third quarter, and converted for two points, pulling within 24-14.

CB Keisean Nixon returned the ensuing kickoff to the 24-yard line, and a facemask penalty on the Bears moved the ball to the 39. From there, RB AJ Dillon gained 2 yards on a run and 5 more on a short pass as the third quarter expired.

Then the fourth quarter began with a false start, turning third-and-3 into third-and-8. No matter, QB Jordan Love found rookie WR Jayden Reed for 18 yards and a first down at the Chicago 41.

Love proceeded to fumble the next snap, but he calmly picked it up, dropped back and the pocket and set his feet. Suddenly rookie TE Luke Musgrave was standing all alone down the sideline, and he caught Love's pass for a 37-yard gain, unfortunately stumbling to the ground to cost himself his first NFL touchdown.

The Packers wasted no time getting it anyway, though, as Love threw a quick fade to WR Romeo Doubs for the 4-yard score, Doubs' second TD of the game. Green Bay had restored its three-score lead and was never threatened again.