The Green Bay Packers earned a 23-16 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon, taking a two-game lead in the all-time series and getting back over .500 just six days after falling to 4-4 with a poor performance against the Detroit Lions.
The front seven played well on Sunday, as the Packers sacked Mitchell Trubisky five times and held Jordan Howard under 60 yards on the ground. In today’s game balls, we acknowledge the work of two members of that front seven, plus a wide receiver who made a few critical catches in the fourth quarter.
There’s also an honorable mention for the quarterback, who made those key throws late in the game to effectively seal the deal.
Adams may have had a drop early on a would-be first down, but he made a few magnificent plays that helped the Packers put the game just out of reach in the fourth quarter. His first highlight-reel play, however, was a quick wide receiver screen, on which he juked Kyle Fuller out of his cleats on his way to an eight-yard gain.
The big plays, however, were a terrific 19-yard touchdown reception — a score which proved to be the margin of victory — and a 42-yard, one-handed, over-the-shoulder reception on third-and-ten just before the two-minute warning. That should have been the dagger, if not for a bad hold by Justin Vogel on a field goal attempt that would have extended the Packers’ lead to ten points.
Adams came up big in the big moments, and Brett Hundley delivered a few excellent passes to him in those key situations.
The Packers got a big performance from Perry on Sunday, as the sixth-year edge rusher recorded a career-high three sacks, including two in a three-play span. One was a coverage sack and another was on a play on which Mitchell Trubisky had a wide-open receiver in the flat and chose to hold on to the football, but Perry was still the man who cleaned up the QB on all three plays.
In total, Perry recorded six tackles and he also played solidly against the run as well. Those three sacks today bring Perry’s total up to seven this season.
While Perry got to the quarterback three times, Daniels got a sack of his own early in the game to go with three hurries (according to Pro Football Focus). Daniels posted five total tackles, including a tackle for loss in the run game to add to his sack.
Honorable Mention: Brett Hundley
It wasn’t a perfect game for Hundley, by any stretch of the imagination; he still held on to the football too long at times and struggled often when his early reads were not open. He also had a few instances of poor clock management.
However, he delivered a pair of footballs to Adams that showed why Mike McCarthy has such strong faith in him — the touchdown was a terrific throw to the front corner of the end zone as he rolled to the right, and the deep ball up the sideline was one that he dropped in perfectly over Adams’ shoulder.
The fact that Hundley looked his best in the fourth quarter, when the Packers needed some clutch throws to put the game away, deserves to be called out even as he did show some of the same struggles as he has in his first few starts.