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Nov 9, 2014 11:20 PM

Rodgers, Packers lead Bears 48-7 after 3rd quarter

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 48-7 after three quarters Sunday night.

Rodgers was 18 of 27 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 deep in Bears territory 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. It was such an easy night for Green Bay that Rodgers departed midway through the third quarter with the team up by 38.

He looked just fine two weeks after tweaking his left hamstring in a loss to New Orleans. The 190th meeting in the NFL's oldest rivalry turned into a blowout barely 16 minutes into the contest.

Both teams were coming off byes. The down time didn't help the Bears, who were trying to rebound from a 1-4 stretch that had them in danger of falling completely out of the NFC North race.

Their defense has fallen completely apart.

Two weeks after giving up 38 points in the first half in a 51-23 loss to the Patriots, the Bears set a dubious franchise record by giving up 42 points in a half.

On offense, embattled quarterback Jay Cutler was on his way to having another night to forget at Lambeau Field with two first-half turnovers.

Cutler was 19 of 32 for 230 yards. His performance surely won't ease the withering criticism the quarterback has faced back home in Chicago.

Micah Hyde picked a pass 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 Chicago secondary.

Rodgers found Nelson for a 40-yard touchdown pass with 12:17 left in the second quarter. A screen pass to Eddie Lacy on Green Bay's next possession turned into another catch-and-run for a 56-yard score and a five-touchdown lead.

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.

Nelson had six receptions for 152 yards, while Cobb had 72 yards on four catches. He caught a touchdown for the sixth straight game.

Star pass rushers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers each had sacks. Peppers forced a fumble on his sack against his former team that he recovered at the Chicago 32, setting up another score.

The Bears finally snapped the shutout when Cutler connected with Brandon Marshall for a 45-yard touchdown pass with 7:44 left in the third quarter.


AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL


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