Associated Press Bears wide receiver Josh Bellamy and Packers cornerback Kevin King go up for a pass during Sunday's game. Bellamy had two catches.
Monday, November 13, 2017 1:00 am
Green Bay 23 Chicago 16
Packers get 1st win without Rodgers
Bears rookie Trubisky has his best game
ANDREW SELIGMAN | Associated Press
CHICAGO – All the Green Bay Packers had to do was show up at Soldier Field to finally find a way to win without Aaron Rodgers.
Brett Hundley threw for 212 yards and a touchdown, Nick Perry had three sacks and the Packers beat the Chicago Bears 23-16 on Sunday to snap a three-game losing streak.
Hundley, starting his third game for an the injured Rodgers, threw a 17-yard touchdown to Davante Adams to make it 23-13 with 5:29 to play, and the Packers (5-4) hung on to beat the Bears (3-6) for the eighth time in nine games.
“It feels amazing,” Hundley said. “It's truly amazing, especially a rivalry game. There was a lot going into this game. I just thank the team. Not only the offense, the offensive line, receivers, running backs – but the defense played their butts off, too.”
Hundley completed 18 of 25 passes – even though his hamstring tightened during the game – to help the Packers win their eighth straight at Soldier Field, including the playoffs.
He became the first Green Bay starting quarterback other than Brett Favre or Rodgers to win against the Bears since Don Majkowski on Dec. 17, 1989.
“Today, he had more opportunities,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “The two prior games, the sample size wasn't the size it was today.”
Though he got sacked five times, Chicago's Mitchell Trubisky threw for a career-high 297 yards. The No. 2 overall draft pick hit Josh Bellamy for a 46-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, but the Bears dropped their second in a row after winning back-to-back games.
“I thought statistically and poise-wise, in handling situations, I thought his play was probably the best to date,” coach John Fox said. “Was it perfect? No. It seldom is. But I was impressed with the young guy.”
The win was Green Bay's first since a narrow victory at Dallas on Oct. 8. A week later, Rodgers got driven to the turf by the Vikings' Anthony Barr in a loss at Minnesota.
Ty Montgomery ran for a 37-yard touchdown in the second quarter, but sat out the second half because of a rib injury.
That left the Packers without their top two running backs after Aaron Jones hurt his knee in the first quarter.
Green Bay shut down the Bears' run game, holding Chicago to 55 yards rushing.
Jordan Howard ran for 54 on 15 attempts.