Offense fails to register

After starting out with a roar the Bears offense went into hibernation.

PASSING OFFENSE: D-plus -- The Bears started out with a bang as Kordell Stewart hit Marty Booker behind Packers CB Mike McKenzie for a 61-yard TD. But Booker (five catches, 115 yards) later bobbled a ball into McKenzie's hands, and the Packers corner also returned Stewart's third interception 90 yards for a touchdown. Rookie Justin Gage dropped a well-thrown ball in the end zone that would have been a 52-yard TD.

RUSHING OFFENSE: D-minus -- Anthony Thomas got just four carries in the first half and nine for the game, gaining a total of 22 yards. The Bears had just 44 rushing yards as a team, 22 of which came from QB Kordell Stewart on three runs. While Thomas was getting stiffed, FB Stanley Pritchett, third-down back Rabih Abdullah, backup Brock Forsey and wide receiver Marty Booker got eight carries for a net zero yards.

PASS DEFENSE: C -- Rookie LB Lance Briggs returned a Brett Favre interception 45 yards for a touchdown, but Favre completed 22 of 33 passes for 210 yards and wasn't sacked.

RUSH DEFENSE: B-plus -- Ahman Green needed 30 carries to get 80 yards, and his longest gain of the day was just 10 yards. The Bears allowed 97 rushing yards, but the Packers needed 38 attempts to get there, averaging just 2.6 yards per carry. DT Keith Traylor was instrumental in clogging the middle.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C-plus -- KR Jerry Azumah fumbled one kickoff at his 21-yard line which led to a Green Bay touchdown, but he also returned one 88 yards for a TD, although the outcome had already been decided. Half of Brad Maynard's six punts went for touchbacks and none were covered inside the 20.

COACHING: C-minus -- Given a 14-0 lead after the first quarter, the Bears were outscored 34-0 over the next 43 minutes and 37 seconds. The Bears had won four of six by running 30 times a game. They ran just 20 times against the Packers, only nine of them by Anthony Thomas.

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