The Chicago Bears defense showed up in a big way last Thursday when they went into Lambeau Field and beat the Green Bay Packers. Fueled by the defense, the Bears kept themselves in the NFC playoff race and spoiled Thanksgiving for Packers fans.
Historically Aaron Rodgers has been spectacular against the Bears, especially at home, but Thursday was different.
The Bears secondary was stellar, holding Aaron Rodgers to a passer rating of 62.4. That’s the lowest rating Rodgers has posted in 61 starts at Lambeau Field. He finished the game with 202 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
In the season opener, Rodgers posted a 140.5 rating with three touchdowns. The Bears didn’t even record a quarterback hit on him as they lost the Week 1 game 31-23. It was a different story in Week 12 and the defense was a big reason.
Other stats of note:
- With the 17-13 win, John Fox becomes the fourth-straight Bears head coach to win his debut at Lambeau Field. Dick Jauron (1999), Lovie Smith (2004) and Marc Trestman (2013) did it prior to Fox.
- The Bears will need to run the table to get into the playoffs and they may have the right man for the job. Fox is 40-22 in games played in December and January, giving him a .645 win percentage.
- The Bears have given up an average of 215 yards per game through the air, just 18 more than the Denver Broncos, which is the second best pass defense in the NFL.
- Thursday also marked the first win at Lambeau Field in Jay Cutler’s career. Prior to the game he was 0-4 in games at Green Bay and didn’t perform well at all.
- Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery's injuries are overshadowing his quietly good season. Despite playing in just six games this year, Jeffery has averaged 100.8 receiving yards per game, which is good for third in the NFL. If he keeps it up, it will be the highest single-season per-game average in Bears history.
- Cornerback Tracy Porter had a big game on Thursday. He was thrown at 11 times and gave up just two completions. Aaron Rodgers had a 1.9 rating when throwing at Porter.
- Thursday also marked the fourth-straight game where the Bears defense allowed fewer than 20 points in a game. Last season they had just finished just two games where they allowed fewer than 20 points.
- The 49ers lead the all-time series 32-30-1. Prior to last season, the Bears were 0-8 in games played at San Francisco. They do, however, have a four game win streak at home against the 49ers.