Packers Report Card vs. Bears

TI offers their view of how the team performed this weekend

Mike McKenzie had a taste of the ultimate low and the ultimate high in the life of an NFL cornerback Sunday in the Packers' 34-21 victory over the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field.

In the first quarter, McKenzie was victimized on a 61-yard touchdown bomb from Kordell Stewart to Marty Booker.

"That has never happened to me before," McKenzie said. "To get beat like that. I was expecting an out route and he ran a deep corner."

In the second half, McKenzie intercepted a pass by Stewart that was deflected by safety Darren Sharper.

Then, early in the fourth quarter, the Bears had driven from their 19 to third-and-8 at the Green Bay 16 with the Packers leading, 19-14.

The Packers rushed eight and Stewart threw a quick out to Dez White. McKenzie, who was playing about eight yards off, anticipated the route and returned the interception 90 yards for a touchdown.

"I love it because the story of athletics is resilience," defensive coordinator Ed Donatell said. "You've got to be able to bounce back and when somebody sets you back temporarily, you want to come back. A lot of times you have to wait until the next week to get it back. He got it back in this game. Mike's a poster guy for a guy to have a tough play and come back and make a bigger one."

Packers Report Card Vs. Bears

PASSING OFFENSE: B-minus -- The Packers weren't spectacular by any means. Brett Favre hit 22 of 33 for 210 yards. His best throw was a 22-yard touchdown to Javon Walker, who beat Charles Tillman at the goalline. The Bears played more zone than usual with soft corners and Robert Ferguson took advantage of Jerry Azumah's lack of savvy to catch seven for 79. The protection was very good. Favre made a horrible mistake, throwing cross-field on an attempted throwaway that was picked off by LB Lance Briggs and returned 45 yards for a touchdown.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C-minus -- Ahman Green slugged it out for 80 yards in 30 carries. The blocking was spotty. C Mike Flanagan had the best game among the linemen, who had five penalties as a whole and didn't sustain their run blocks. Donald Driver did a poor job trying to block Tillman. Safety Bobby Gray kept cutting down Green before he could break in the clear.

PASS DEFENSE: C-plus -- Al Harris had a awful game, giving up four completions of 20 yards or more against four different receivers. He showed no ball awareness at all. Mike McKenzie gave up a 61-yard touchdown bomb to Marty Booker but came back with five passes defensed and two interceptions, the second of which he returned for 90 yards and a touchdown. Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Aaron Kampman and Grady Jackson pass-rushed against a slow-footed line very effectively as the game worn on.

RUSH DEFENSE: A -- The Bears had to settle for 44 yards in 20 carries. Kampman, who has a gift for diagnosing plays, was a real playmaker. So were linebackers Na'il Diggs and Hannibal Navies. Subbing for injured Antuan Edwards, safety Marques Anderson filled with strength. There was only one missed tackle all day.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D-plus -- Jerry Azumah returned a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown when Ryan Longwell, Erwin Swiney and Curtis Fuller missed the tackle. Longwell made all four field-goal attempts (24, 38, 35 and 45 yards) in 35 degrees with winds at 16 mph. Punter Josh Bidwell had a forgettable day.

COACHING: C -- Mike Sherman was unable to get his team playing and up for the rivalry until the second quarter. By that time, the Packers were down 14-0 and reeling. Defensive coodinator Ed Donatell outcoached Bears offensive coordinator John Shoop for the second time this season, blitzing effectively and limiting the NFL's poorest offense. Sherman made a mistake calling a timeout with 5 seconds left in the half. Because of it, the Bears got to attempt a Hail Mary pass on fourth down instead of having the clock expire.

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