The Green Bay Packers trail the Chicago Bears 14-3 at halftime, and the slim postseason hopes for this team are about to flatline. The Packers continue to struggle on third downs, going 3-for-7 in the first half, and they have been stuck with terrible field position most of the afternoon at Soldier Field. That, combined with an early injury to running back Aaron Jones and a depleted defense, has led to a two-possession deficit at the break.
The Bears struck first, as Jordan Howard split the Packers’ defense up the middle for a touchdown run. The Packers pulled within 7-3 with a Mason Crosby field goal, but the Bears put up another score late in the second quarter as Tarik Cohen found the pylon. A late Hail Mary attempt from Aaron Rodgers hit Davante Adams in the hands, but he could not haul in the football and it fell incomplete. The Packers will receive to start the third quarter.
Rodgers is 9-of-14 passing for 92 yards, while Jamaal Williams leads the team in both rushing and receiving. He has six carries for 29 yards plus a pair of receptions for 34 yards.
If the Packers do lose this game, they would need the Minnesota Vikings to lose to the Miami Dolphins, plus a loss by either Philadelphia or Washington, in order to stay mathematically alive for the postseason. However, Minnesota leads Miami 21-10 at the half of that game.
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