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Pick the top play from the Packers’ Week 18 win over the Bears

The Packers’ young pass catchers shined in a must win game against the Bears.

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Mission accomplished. After a 2-5 start that left more questions than answers in Titletown, the Packers stayed the course. Young receivers, injuries, and miscues be damned, Green Bay now finds themselves preparing for Wild Card weekend. On Sunday, Jordan Love was brilliant, throwing for 316 yards and leading an offense that didn’t punt once. The Chicago Bears’ defense came into this one on a hot streak but looked overmatched from the first snap. Nothing was stopping Love from snatching that final playoff spot.

On defense, the Packers made timely play after timely play. Third downs were a house of horrors for Chicago, resulting in multiple sacks from all over the defensive line. The Bears couldn’t find the end zone despite moving past midfield on every drive. While the opponents improve drastically from here on out, it was nice to see some momentum from Joe Barry’s maligned unit. Let’s dive into the top plays from week 18.


Justin Fields and the Bears looked like an offense ready to make noise early on. Despite an unnecessary roughness call forcing them to start at their own 12, the Bears threatened the Packers, pushing to the 26 before Lukas Van Ness blew up the drive with a sack and forced the (doinked-in) field goal.

Jordan Love’s first brilliant throw of the day came on a dart to the end zone, but Romeo Doubs couldn’t hang on, forcing a field goal that Anders Carlson missed, his sixth of the year.

Wicks puts the Packers on the board

After a Bears punt, the Packers got their first crucial third down conversion thanks to newly anointed superstar Bo Melton, who skied for a ball in traffic to the Bears’ 31. On a 3rd & 1 at the Bears 10, Dontayvion Wicks put Terell Smith in the torture chamber. Jordan Love hung in for just an extra second and, off his back foot, delivered the most casual touchdown one can throw. Without safety Jaquan Brisker’s help, Smith had no hope. If Brisker had heard of the Packers’ receiving corps beforehand, he could have made the play, but alas. He did crush Terell Smith at the end, ensuring he delivered at least one impactful hit.

Cairo Santos kicked his second field goal of the game (not doinked) to draw within one, and after clock management snafus from the Packers’ young receiving corps, we went into the half.

The Packers looked just as efficient to open the second half, and Jordan Love capped off the drive by drilling Dontayvion Wicks, who fought for his second score of the day.

Preston Smith and Quay Walker’s cooperation crushed Fields again on 3rd down, thanks to some disruption from the secondary. Up 14-6, the Packers’ opportunity for a dagger was delayed when Tyrique Stevenson punched the ball out of Jordan Love’s arm as he fought for extra yardage.

This time, the Bears made it count, moving into the red zone from a 28 yard Cole Kmet catch. Carrington Valentine made a clutch PBU on a third down end zone throw to Kmet and forced the field goal try that Santos knocked through.

Love hits Reed deep

With the Bears closing in, Love delivered one of his prettiest throws of the day. The offensive line sold Aaron Jones’ run beautifully, leaving the Bears’ defense stuck in mud for just enough time. Jayden Reed motioned left and was presented with an open highway, thanks to Bo Melton swallowing both safeties in the middle of the field. Tyrique Stevenson’s eyes froze on Tucker Kraft just long enough to create space, and Love led Reed perfectly for 59 yards and the Packers’ second-longest play of the season. Love would follow that shot up with a dime to Bo Melton in the end zone, but zebras overruled the touchdown, and the Packers settled for three.

The Bears sheepishly knocked on the door in response, pushing down to the Packers’ 34 before an offensive holding and a Karl Brooks sack, along with a brief Nathan Peterman appearance, did them in.

Kraft and Love ice the game

Up one possession and backed up into his own end zone, Jordan Love didn’t blink. On 2nd & 13, Love hit Luke Musgrave in his return for 11 yards, and Jayden Reed broke free for 15 on third down. After eating up a hefty chunk of the clock, the offense found themselves in a 3rd & 7 at their own 43 with 2:25 left. The Bears only possessed one more timeout. Convert here and go home. Love delivered. Love extended the play with his legs and found Justin Jones barreling down on him. After chipping DeMarcus Walker, Tucker Kraft found himself wide open in the middle of the field. Love put it on him with a sidearm dagger; the rest was history. Playoff berth clinched.


Poll

Which play from the Packers’ week 18 win over the Bears was the best?

This poll is closed

  • 14%
    Wicks puts the Packers on the board
    (43 votes)
  • 55%
    Love hits Reed deep
    (170 votes)
  • 30%
    Kraft and Love ice the game
    (92 votes)
305 votes total Vote Now

That’s it for this week’s top plays! Check back in next week as we examine the action from the Packers’ Wild Card matchup vs. the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington.