Stadium notables: The paid attendance for the first game played in the new Soldier Field was 60,257 with an actual attendance of 58,933. The first points recorded by the Bears in the new Soldier Field came on a 31-yard field goal by Paul Edinger at 9:11 of the second quarter. The first 17 points of the game were scored by the Packers with Ahman Green's 60-yard scoring run at 12:07 of the first quarter standing as the re-configured stadium's first touchdown. The first Bears touchdown was a 67-yard run by Anthony Thomas at 12:50 of the fourth quarter.
300 and counting: With his first-half field goal on Monday night, Paul Edinger recorded the 300th career point of his four-year NFL career. By topping the 300-platuea in his 51st game, Edinger became the second-fastest Bear in history to reach that level, topping Walter Payton who did so in 66 games. The Bears all-time leader in fastest to 300 points is franchise all-time leading scorer Kevin Butler (38 games). By adding two more field goals and two extra points, the Michigan State product ended the game with 310 career points to rank 12th on Chicago's all-time list, three points shy of passing Ken Kavannaugh (1940-41, 45-50) for 11th on the franchise list.
Century back: Bears running Anthony Thomas topped the 100-yard mark on Monday night against the Packers for the first time since rushing for 111 yards on Sept. 22, 2002 vs. New Orleans, his sixth career 100-yard game. Thomas topped the 100-yard mark on his 12th rush of the game, a career-long 67-yard scoring run, longest by a Bear since Raymond Harris had a 68-yard touchdown run in 1997. The Michigan product finished the game with a season-high 13 carries for 110 yards.
Green-Back pays dividends: The first career interception by Bears safety Mike Green led to the home team's first points of the game. Green posted a three-yard return on Chicago's second interception of the season before the Bears progressed 21 yards on 10 plays in 5:26 to move into the scoring column.
Rushing seconds: Bears quarterback Kordell Stewart was the second-leading rusher for the Bears for the second time in three games with a season-high 71 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries, his highest rushing output since posting 84 yards on 12 carries on Dec. 1, 2002 at Jacksonville.
On-side success: Bears wide receiver Ahmad Merritt recovered a Paul Edinger on-side kick at 1:27 of the fourth quarter, the first by the Bears since Bobbie Howard's recovery set-up the overtime forcing touchdown vs. Cleveland on Nov. 4, 2001.
Lyman Memories: Bears TE Dustin Lyman caught his first pass of the season in the second quarter, a six-yard gain from Kordell Stewart. The best game of Lyman's career came against the Packers last season when he hauled in a team-high seven receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns.