Thanksgiving miracle?  Maybe.    Despite Bears head coach John Fox doing everything in his power to lose the game instead of win, the Chicago Bears beat the Green Bay 17-13 tonight at Lambeau Field.   On a day where everyone in America was subject to 2 horrible football games on Thanksgiving, the oldest rivalry in the NFL gave the audience another heart-stopper.   Everything seemed against the Bears tonight.   Wind, rain, the retirement of Brett Favre’s number 4 at halftime and a reborn Packers running game all didn’t seem to matter in this one.   With less than 3 minutes to go in the fourth quarter and the Packers with no timeouts, John Fox decided to punt the ball on roughly the Packers 45-yard line with the Bears ahead 17-13.   A first down there would essentially end the game and at 4-6 the Bears did not have much to lose.   Instead Fox chose to punt and Aaron Rodgers lead the Packers down the goal line with about 40 seconds to go and had first and goal at the 8 yard line.   Rodgers threw 3 straight incomplete passes including a drop in the end zone by Packers receiver James Jones.  On fourth down, Rodgers rolled left and threw in the end zone incomplete on a pass broken up by Bears rookie corner Bryce Callahan.   The Bears got the ball with 23 seconds to go, Jay Cutler took a knee and that was it.

Cutler was 19 of 31 for 200 yards and a touchdown.    He did fumble once but recovered it and in that sense he essentially outplayed Rodgers.   This game was dominated by the defenses as the Packers only touchdown came 1 play after a botched third down play in which Bears corner Tracy Porter intercepted a Rodgers pass at about the 5 yard line with 5:30 left in the first quarter.    Porter was called for illegal contact on a pass on which there was no contact, Porter did nothing wrong.  He intercepted the pass and pinned his receiver against the sideline.   Instead the Packers scored on an Eddie Lacy 25 yard screen pass the next play.   Rodgers later did throw a real interception to Porter in the fourth quarter with about 5 minutes to go.   The Bears defense also sacked Rodgers twice.   The Packers ran for 177 yards on 28 carries, including a 105 by Lacy.  But because of a Lacy fumble in Packer territory in the second quarter, the Bears scored on the short field and that basically was the difference in the game.   Chicago did not commit a turnover.

Chicago improves to 5-6 and keeps their faint playoff hopes alive.   Jay Cutler gets his first win in Lambeau Field.  The Packers fall to 7-4.   Chicago has a relatively easy schedule down the stretch playing San Francisco, Washington, Minnesota, Tampa Bay and Detroit the final 5 games, with 3 of those being at home.  I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving and us Bears fans can savor this win for the next 10 days as the Bears don’t play until December 6th at Soldier Field against the immortal Blaine Gabbert and the 49ers.

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