Bears nip Packers for division lead

By KBJR News 1

September 27, 2010 Updated Sep 27, 2010 at 11:45 PM CDT

The Green Bay Packers fell to the Chicago Bears 20-17 on Monday night. The Packers committed a team-record 18 penalties for 152 yards compared to just five penalties for 32 yards by Chicago. The previous team record was 17 penalties against the Boston Yanks in 1945, under head coach Curly Lambeau.

With the game tied at 17, the Packers tried to mount a game-winning drive, when James Jones fumbled on a reception, which the Bears recovered. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy challenged the play, but it withstood review.

Chicago would drive 45 yards on seven plays to kick the game-winning field goal. Packers safety Morgan Burnett committed a 24-yard pass interference penalty, which gave Chicago a first down at the Packers nine. Bears kicker Robbie Gould booted a 19-yard field goal with :04 left.

Chicago is now the only undefeated team in the NFC at (3-0), while the Packers drop to (2-1). Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 34 of 45 passes for 316 yards and a touchdown, with one interception. Rodgers also ran for a score giving the Packers 17-14 lead in the fourth quarter. However, Chicago answered with a field goal to tie the game. That drive was aided by two Packer penalties for a combined 30 yards.

Green Bay hosts Detroit Sunday at noon from Lambeau Field.

Posted by Joe Dufek