Nov 9, 2014 10:27 PM
Rodgers, Packers lead Bears 42-0 at halftime
The Associated Press
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes to tie the Green Bay game record and match the NFL record for a half and the Packers led the reeling Chicago Bears 42-0 at halftime Sunday night.
Rodgers was 18 of 24 for 315 yards, throwing 73- and 40-yard scoring passes to Jordy Nelson.
Rodgers' third touchdown pass came on the 73-yard catch-and-run by Nelson, who sliced across the field before getting a block near the goal line from fellow receiver Randall Cobb for a 21-point lead on the first play of the second quarter.
For Rodgers, it was his 16th scoring pass of 70 yards or more to set another record held previously by Denver's Peyton Manning and Rodgers' predecessor in Green Bay, Brett Favre.
Both teams were coming off byes. The down time didn't help the Bears, who were coming off a 1-4 stretch that has them in danger of falling completely out of the NFC North race.
Embattled Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler was on his way to having another night to forget at Lambeau Field with two first-half turnovers.
Micah Hyde picked off Cutler's 11th interception in four career games at Lambeau in the first quarter. Rodgers connected with tight end Andrew Quarless on a 4-yard scoring strike with 3:53 left in the quarter for a 14-0 lead.
But the misery was only just beginning for the Bears' secondary.
Rodgers found Nelson for a 40-yard touchdown pass with 12:17 left in the second quarter. Chicago orchestrated a nice series on its next possession, but the Packers stopped the desperate Bears on fourth-and-goal from the 4 after Sam Shields nearly picked off a short pass intended for Alshon Jeffery.
No such problems for the Packers.
A screen pass to Eddie Lacy on the next possession turned into another catch-and-run for a 56-yard score.
About the only thing that went wrong for the Packers was when Cobb fumbled near the goal line after a 4-yard catch. The Bears recovered in the end zone but even that play went awry for Chicago after Kyle Fuller was whistled for unnecessary roughness.
Clay Matthews had a sack in the first quarter, and fellow star pass rusher Julius Peppers had a sack in the second quarter against his former team. Peppers forced a fumble on the sack that was recovered by Green Bay.
That takeaway led to an 18-yard touchdown reception by Cobb on third-and-10 with 19 seconds left in the half.
Cutler opened 12 of 23 for 145 yards. His first-half performance surely won't ease the withering criticism the quarterback has faced recently back home in Chicago.
Green Bay's league-worst run defense also got off to a solid start after holding Matt Forte to 35 yards on nine carries.
The Packers scored on their opening possession for the fourth straight game.
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