The Green Bay Packers once again appeared to dominate an opponent, then squandered a 14-3 halftime lead and fell to the Chicago Bears 20-17 in overtime.
After the Packers had Mason Crosby's (pictured) 38-yard game winning attempt blocked, the Bears responded in overtime with Robbie Gould's 38-yarder to send Chicago to victory. It kept the Bears playoff hopes alive heading into the final week of the season, while the Packers dropped their 5th in a row and 7th out of the last 8, falling to 5-10. It's the Packers first 5-game losing streak since 1990 and the Packers have now lost 7 games by four points or fewer this season.
The Packers controlled play and had a 221-48 margin in yardage at halftime and
325-210 for the game. Aaron Rodgers finished 24 of 39 for 260 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. Yet couldn't get a defensive stop late when they needed it, allowing the Bears to score the game tying touchdown.
And there continues to be nothing special about the Packers special teams this season. The Packers allowed Danieal Manning to bring back a kickoff 70-yards. Meanwhile, kicker Mason Crosby booted a kickoff out of bounds, missed a 45 yard field goal and than had the potential game winning 38-yarder blocked.
Being in position to win games and not following through is the story of the Packers season and another chapter was written last night. The Packers will get one final chance to win a game this season. They'll take on the winless Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field this Sunday. 5-10 vs 0-15. How could this be interesting? Well, the NFL has never had an 0-16 team. There are those that would love to see it happen. And then there's the intrigue of the Green Bay Packers. Can they put it together one final week to make sure they aren't the answer to a trivia question?