CHICAGO – The Packers and Bears traded early field goals and headed to the second quarter tied at 3 on Sunday at a drizzly Soldier Field.
The Packers won the toss and deferred. The Bears picked up one first down on the opening drive on a slant pass to WR Kendall Wright, but the Packers tackled RB Jordan Howard for losses on his first three carries, and Green Bay forced a punt for the first time since the second quarter of the Saints game.
WR Trevor Davis erred on the punt return, though, catching the punt at the goal line and returning it only to the 8-yard line, rather than taking a touchback.
The Packers got going on the initial third down, as QB Brett Hundley hit WR Randall Cobb on a slant and Cobb broke a tackle to take the ball 38 yards in all, across midfield. Hundley then hit RB Ty Montgomery for 7 yards on the next third down, but the drive stalled at the Chicago 22, and K Mason Crosby made a 40-yard field goal to open the scoring.
Following the scoring drive, it was announced RB Aaron Jones has a knee injury and is questionable to return.
The Bears came right back with a 31-yard pass to TE Adam Shaheen to get just across midfield. After two false starts, Howard ran for 14 and then 2 yards, making it third-and-4. QB Mitch Trubisky hit RB Tarik Cohen for 10 yards to move the chains, but two plays later, a holding call pushed Chicago back. The Bears ended up settling for a 45-yard field goal by K Connor Barth to tie the score at 3.
The Packers failed to convert on third-and-1 to start their next drive, as Montgomery was stuffed at the line, and Green Bay punted on the final play of the quarter.