Bears receiver Brandon Marshall corrals a touchdown pass against the Packers… (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago…)
If you're one of those fans who watched Monday's Bears-Packers game simply to pass the time before the release of "Call of Duty: Ghosts" on Tuesday, well, that's understandable.
However, you might not have realized Marc Trestman's team strikes a parallel with the game. You could say the Bears, like the protagonists in "Ghosts," represent "a crippled nation fighting not for freedom, or liberty, but simply to survive." (That synopsis comes straight from the game's website.)
After all, the Bears have so many injuries to key players that the underdog card is one of the few advantages they had heading into Lambeau Field.
So who earned his stars in the latest rivalry showdown? Check back all night for updates.
One star: Gotta say, Josh McCown looked awfully comfortable early on, and his numbers back it up: 7-for-12 passing, 94 yards and a touchdown.
Two stars: Shea McClellin sighting! Not only did he sack Aaron Rodgers on third down to force a Packers field goal, but the Bears lineman knocked Rodgers out of the game with an injury. Tough break, Green Bay.
Three stars: Brandon Marshall had three catches for 54 yards in the quarter. Oh, and a ridiculous TD grab on the side of the end zone. If you missed it, get thee to YouTube.
Score: Packers 10, Bears 7
One star: Serious pats on the back for the Bears' offensive line. Even when backed up in their own end zone, nobody laid a hand on McCown.
Two stars: They say a running back is a backup QB’s best friend. Matt Forte was clutch all quarter, including a 33-yard reception and a 1-yard touchdown run.
Three stars: More of the Josh McCown show. And what a show! Another 102 yards passing and two more scoring drives.
Score: Bears 17, Packers 10
One star: Warning: green and gold ahead. Tricky Packers coach Mike McCarthy called a surprise onside kick, which his team recovered and later turned into a field goal. Well played, sir.
Two stars: That blur you saw pummeling the Bears defense was Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy. He had 84 yards and a TD in the quarter. Get well soon, Lance Briggs.
Three stars: "Gimme that, sucka!" That's what we imagine Alshon Jeffery said when he ripped a TD catch away from a defender, giving the Bears the lead again.
Score: Bears 24, Packers 20
One star: Wait, is that … ? Yes, it’s Julius Peppers! Invisible most of the season, he batted down a Seneca Wallace pass on a third-down play and sacked him later in the quarter.
Two stars: Matt Forte (179 total yards), Josh McCown (275 yards passing), Brandon Marshall (107 yards receiving)—take your pick. They all were a nightmare for the Packers defense.
Three stars: Marc Trestman gets his first win against Green Bay in his first try. In Lambeau Field. His best call: going for it on fourth-and-inches in his own territory, vaulting the Bears back into first place in the NFC North. Mission accomplished.
Final score: Bears 27, Packers 20
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