The Packers led by as many as 31 points, at 41-10, on their way to improving to 8-3. They’re three games ahead of the second-place Bears, who are 5-6 and on a five-game losing streak, and Minnesota Vikings with five games remaining in the regular season.

“This was a big one for us,” Rodgers told NBC after the game. “I never say must-win. But it was important for us to win this one. We’re up three games with five to go in the division. Rivalry game — love beating Chicago.”

Rodgers threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers in a 21-for-29, 211-yard passing show. His touchdown throws went to wide receivers Davante Adams and Allen Lazard and tight ends Marcedes Lewis and Robert Tonyan. Tailback Jamaal Williams added a touchdown run, and the Green Bay defense scored a touchdown on Preston Smith’s return of a fumble recovery.

Rodgers lamented missing a throw to Adams that he said he hits “99 out of 100” but called it “a fun night for us on offense.” He was not sacked and headed to the sideline in the game’s final moments as backup Tim Boyle took over. The only blemishes for the Packers were a missed extra point by kicker Mason Crosby and a knee injury suffered by center Corey Linsley.

Rodgers became the 11th quarterback in NFL history to surpass 50,000 career passing yards.

“It means I’ve been playing for a long time,” he said. “Some of those are longevity records. It feels good. I’m in my 16h season. I’ve seen a lot of ball, played a lot of ball. This was a good one for us tonight, though.”

In the season after the Packers used a first-round draft pick on a prospective eventual successor to Rodgers, Jordan Love, Rodgers is in the thick of the league MVP conversation. He was the NFL’s top-rated passer entering the weekend and he has 33 touchdown passes and four interceptions.

Thanks mostly to Rodgers’s ongoing excellence, the Packers are very much in the Super Bowl-contending mix in the NFC.

When the Bears were 5-1, it appeared they were destined to be in that group as well. Now that seems like a very long time ago. Coach Matt Nagy has been unable to get the offense going, and the quarterback situation is a mess. Nagy is being asked about his job security and said he’s not concerned about it.

“We understand where we’re at and that when you have games like this, you’ve got to figure out, you’ve got to soul-search,” Nagy said in a postgame video news conference. “And you’ve got to be able to stop the bleeding…. Obviously the last five weeks [have] been extremely difficult. It’s not fun because we all want to win…. When you go through these times, how do you respond? And I think that’s the test of true character.”

Trubisky, the former No. 2 overall selection in the NFL draft who was benched by Nagy earlier this season in favor of Nick Foles, regained the starting job for this game after Foles suffered a hip injury in the Bears’ final game before their bye week.

But Trubisky committed three turnovers, throwing two interceptions to Packers safety Darnell Savage and losing the fumble on a sack that led to Smith’s touchdown for the Packers.

“The turnovers, for us, is what we can’t have,” Nagy said.

Trubisky did throw three touchdown passes, two of them to wide receiver Allen Robinson. But two of those three touchdowns came long after the outcome was decided.

“It was kind of hard to assess just because, I mean, overall we were just playing from behind the whole time, which is not ideal,” Trubisky said. “You’ve got to take away the turnovers. You’ve got to protect the football. That’s pretty much the main thing that I’m concerned with.”

He declined to say whether he believed he earned another start.

“I think myself and the offense, we had kind of this expectation or picture of what we thought could happen going into this game,” Trubisky said in a video conference with reporters. “It just didn’t go that way from the get-go. And so, things like that happen sometimes. But I don’t know. It’s not my call. I just try to put my best foot forward every single day. The chips will lie where they are.”

Even the spirits of those on the Chicago defense seemed to sag. The Bears displayed some sloppy tackling, particularly on Williams’s touchdown run. That prompted analyst Tony Dungy, the Hall of Fame coach, to say on the NBC broadcast, “This is the Bears’ defense basically giving up here.”

Nagy said he did not question his players’ effort level.

“I just felt like they got after us the entire game from the first quarter to the very end,” Nagy said. “That’s basically where we’re at right now. I talked to the guys in the locker room afterwards. There’s guys that care. I think that’s what’s important to us. But they care and they know that we’ve got to do it on the field. It’s not about what we say.”

November 29, 2020 at 11:35 PM EST

Aaron Rodgers shines, Mitch Trubisky doesn’t as Packers beat Bears

By Mark Maske

Mitchell Trubisky commits turnovers.

Aaron Rodgers throws touchdown passes.

It can’t be put much more simply than that. Rodgers, to no one’s surprise, outplayed Trubisky to ridiculous proportions in a quarterbacking mismatch. And the Green Bay Packers all but wrapped up the NFC North title by beating the Chicago Bears, 41-25, Sunday night at Lambeau Field in a game not nearly as close as the final score suggested.

The Packers led by as much as 31 points, at 41-10, on their way to improving their record to 8-3. They’re three games ahead of the second-place Bears, who are 5-6 and on a five-game losing streak, and Minnesota Vikings with five games remaining in the regular season.

Rodgers threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers in a 21-for-29, 211-yard passing show for Green Bay. His touchdown throws went to wide receivers Davante Adams and Allen Lazard and tight ends Marcedes Lewis and Robert Tonyan. Tailback Jamaal Williams added a touchdown run and Green Bay scored a touchdown on defense on Preston Smith’s return of a fumble recovery.

Rodgers was not sacked and headed to the sideline in the game’s final moments as backup Tim Boyle took over. The only blemishes for the Packers were a missed extra point by Mason Crosby and a knee injury suffered by center Corey Linsley.

Rodgers became the 11th quarterback in NFL history to surpass 50,000 career passing yards. In the season after the Packers used a first-round draft pick on a prospective eventual successor to Rodgers, Jordan Love, Rodgers is in the thick of the league MVP conversation. He was the NFL’s top-rated passer entering the weekend and he has 33 touchdown passes and four interceptions on the season.

Thanks mostly to Rodgers’s ongoing excellence, the Packers are very much in the Super Bowl-contending mix in the NFC.

When the Bears were 5-1, it appeared they were destined to be in that group as well. That seems like a very long time ago now. Coach Matt Nagy has been unable to get the offense going, and the quarterback situation has become a mess. Trubisky, the former No. 2 overall selection in the NFL draft who was benched by Nagy earlier this season in favor of Nick Foles, regained the starting job after Foles suffered a hip injury in the Bears’ final game before their bye week.

But Trubisky was back to doing Trubisky things. He committed three turnovers, throwing two interceptions to Packers safety Darnell Savage and losing the fumble on a sack that led to Smith’s touchdown. Trubisky did throw three touchdown passes, two of them to wide receiver Allen Robinson. But two of those three touchdowns came long after the outcome was decided.

Even the spirits of those on the Chicago defense seemed to sag. The Bears displayed some sloppy tackling, particularly on Williams’s touchdown run. That prompted analyst Tony Dungy, the former Super Bowl-winning coach, to say on the NBC broadcast, “This is the Bears defense basically giving up here.” (Final score: Packers 41, Bears 25)

November 29, 2020 at 11:20 PM EST

Mitchell Trubisky adds another touchdown pass

By Mark Maske

If only Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears had played like this while it still mattered. Trubisky continued his garbage-time stat-padding with a three-yard touchdown pass to running back David Montgomery. The Bears added a successful two-point conversion. (Packers 41, Bears 25, 3:21 left in the fourth quarter)

November 29, 2020 at 10:58 PM EST

Mitchell Trubisky throws cosmetic touchdown pass to Allen Robinson

By Mark Maske

There’s not much suspense left in this one. It’s all about Mitchell Trubisky making his numbers look better after the outcome already was decided. He threw his second touchdown pass of the night to wide receiver Allen Robinson, this one from six yards. (Packers 41, Bears 17, 11:48 left in the fourth quarter)

November 29, 2020 at 10:47 PM EST

Packers keep pouring it on with Jamaal Williams touchdown run

By Mark Maske

It’s getting ugly now. Tailback Jamaal Williams had a 13-yard touchdown run for the Packers that featured some weak tackling attempts by Chicago defenders. That prompted analyst Tony Dungy, the former Super Bowl-winning coach, to say on the NBC broadcast, “This is the Bears defense basically giving up here.” (Packers 41, Bears 10, 1:12 left in the third quarter)

November 29, 2020 at 10:29 PM EST

Aaron Rodgers throws fourth touchdown pass

By Mark Maske

Mitchell Trubisky commits turnovers. Aaron Rodgers throws touchdown passes. It’s as simple as that. The Packers cashed in on the interception by Trubisky with Rodgers’s fourth touchdown pass of the night to a fourth different receiver. This one was a 39-yard strike to tight end Robert Tonyan. (Packers 34, Bears 10, 6:30 left in the third quarter)

November 29, 2020 at 10:23 PM EST

Mitchell Trubisky throws another pick

By Mark Maske

Make it three turnovers on the night for Mitchell Trubisky. He threw his second interception to Packers safety Darnell Savage on the Bears’ second possession of the second half, after the two teams exchanged punts. (Packers 27, Bears 10, 8:45 left in the third quarter)

November 29, 2020 at 9:59 PM EST

Aaron Rodgers throws three touchdown passes to lead Packers to big halftime lead

By Mark Maske

The Packers rolled to a 27-10 halftime lead over the Bears on “Sunday Night Football” at Lambeau Field.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes as part of a 15-for-18, 128-yard first-half passing performance. Rodgers’s touchdowns went to wide receivers Davante Adams and Allen Lazard and tight end Marcedes Lewis. The Packers scored a touchdown on each of their first three possessions.

Mitchell Trubisky returned to the starting-quarterback role for the Bears after Nick Foles suffered a hip injury in Chicago’s final pre-bye game. Not surprisingly, he wasn’t the answer to the Bears’ offensive woes. Trubisky threw an interception and lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown by Green Bay’s Preston Smith. He did manage to throw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Allen Robinson just before halftime. (Packers 27, Bears 10 at halftime)

November 29, 2020 at 9:48 PM EST

Bears get touchdown on Mitchell Trubisky-to-Allen Robinson pass

By Mark Maske

Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears at least reached the end zone in an otherwise dreadful first half. Trubisky threw a one-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Allen Robinson to cap a 14-play, 87-yard drive. (Packers 27, Bears 10, 0:19 left in the second quarter)

November 29, 2020 at 9:30 PM EST

Packers pouring it on, get defensive touchdown on Mitchell Trubisky fumble

By Mark Maske

Mitchell Trubisky’s second turnover of the first half handed a touchdown to the Packers. Trubisky lost a fumble on a sack, although the Packers might have gotten away with a face-mask penalty that went uncalled. Preston Smith picked up the loose football for Green Bay and raced 14 yards for a touchdown. (Packers 27, Bears 3, 3:11 left in the second quarter)

November 29, 2020 at 9:23 PM EST

Packers extend lead on Aaron Rodgers’s third touchdown pass

By Mark Maske

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are making it look easy. Rodgers threw his third touchdown pass of the first half with a two-yard toss to wide receiver Allen Lazard. The Packers converted on fourth and two along the way. Rodgers has completed 15 of 18 passes for 128 yards on the night. Green Bay has touchdowns on each of its first three possessions. (Packers 20, Bears 3, 4:34 left in the second quarter)

November 29, 2020 at 9:08 PM EST

Mitchell Trubisky throws interception

By Mark Maske

Mitch Trubisky is back to doing Mitch Trubisky things. The Bears had a decent drive going. But on a first-down play from the Green Bay 38-yard line, Trubisky took a shot for the end zone and threw an interception to Packers safety Darnell Savage. (Packers 13, Bears 3, 12:24 left in the second quarter)

November 29, 2020 at 9:04 PM EST

Aaron Rodgers, Packers make it two touchdowns on two drives

By Mark Maske

The Packers have had two possessions and Aaron Rodgers has two touchdown passes. This time, he connected with tight end Marcedes Lewis for a five-yard touchdown. The Packers benefited from a Bears roughing-the-passer penalty during the drive, and Rodgers had a third-and-four scramble for a first down. But Green Bay center Corey Linsley left the field during the drive with an apparent leg injury. (Packers 13, Bears 3, 14:55 left in the second quarter)

November 29, 2020 at 8:51 PM EST

Bears settle for field goal after David Montgomery’s long run

By Mark Maske

The Bears, with Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback, answered the Packers’ opening touchdown with a field goal. A 57-yard run by tailback David Montgomery gave them a first down at the Green Bay 8-yard line. But the Bears couldn’t reach the end zone. Tight end Cole Kmet nearly had a catch and lost fumble on second down. But the on-field officials ruled it an incomplete pass. Packers Coach Matt LaFleur appeared to consider an instant replay challenge but opted against it. Wide receiver Allen Robinson couldn’t quite gather the ball for a catch on Trubisky’s third-down lob to the back of the end zone, and kicker Cairo Santos connected from 27 yards. (Packers 6, Bears 3, 5:14 left in the first quarter)

November 29, 2020 at 8:41 PM EST

Aaron Rodgers-to-Davante Adams touchdown has Packers off to good start

By Mark Maske

The Packers have the early lead on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to wide receiver Davante Adams. Rodgers completed 5 of 7 passes as the Packers held the ball for 14 plays, moved 75 yards and took more than half the first quarter off the clock. It was Rodgers’s 30th touchdown pass of the season. Adams has a touchdown catch in six straight games. But kicker Mason Crosby missed the extra point. (Packers 6, Bears 0, 7:22 left in the first quarter)

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