2. The accidents preserve piling up, and the Packers preserve overcoming them.
Heart Josh Myers exited early with a knee damage, although LaFleur mentioned afterward he did not assume it was a season-ender. Security Darnell Savage sustained a concussion, and out of doors linebacker Preston Smith left with an indirect damage. No replace was offered on the defensive accidents.
Lucas Patrick got here off the bench to take over at heart, Henry Black stuffed in at security, and Jonathan Garvin took extra reps at edge rusher, getting his first full NFL sack and chasing Bears QB Justin Fields down on one other play for only a quick acquire.
The depleted protection completed with 4 sacks in all of Fields, with Dean Lowry getting one, and Kenny Clark getting two in a span of three performs on what grew to become Chicago’s remaining drive within the fourth quarter. The 2 Clark sacks value the Bears 23 yards, the final one taking them out of field-goal vary once they may need made it a one-score sport across the three-minute mark.
Clark was gradual to stand up on a play early within the sport, however got here again and completed robust.
“When he was down, I believed I used to be going to throw up,” LaFleur mentioned.
“It does not make it simpler, that is for certain,” he added concerning the accidents.
3. The protection and offense rose to the event in key moments.
Trailing 10-7, the Bears had the ball on the finish of the primary half with an opportunity to double-up, having deferred after successful the coin toss to take the ball first within the third quarter.
The sack by Lowry helped squelch the late second-quarter drive with Chicago closing in on field-goal vary, after which the protection compelled an early punt to start out the second half. Neither finish of the double-up materialized for the Bears.
From there, the Packers drove 90 yards for a landing to make it a two-score sport. Then after the Bears obtained inside 17-14 within the fourth quarter, the Packers responded with a 75-yard drive, capped by Rodgers’ 6-yard scramble for the TD.
“It was a tricky, gritty win on the market,” LaFleur mentioned. “That is the very best protection we have seen. We needed to grind it out.”