Earlier this season, it looked as if the Week 12 “Sunday Night Football” NFC North rivalry matchup between the Bears and the Packers would be a battle of conference heavyweights.
The Packers (7-3) have held up their end of the bargain. Even though Green Bay is coming off an overtime loss to the Colts in Week 11, Aaron Rodgers has looked as electric as ever at 36. He entered the week with a league-best 115.8 passer rating and his 29 passing touchdowns were second only to Russell Wilson’s 30. He has led the Packers to a comfortable two-game lead in the NFC North and 1.5 games behind the Saints for top seed in the conference.
The Bears (5-5), however, have not. They have lost four consecutive games after jumping out to a 5-1 record, and the offense has struggled with Nick Foles under center. Mitchell Trubisky will get the start at QB this week, not that he has been any better this season. He completed 51 of 86 passes for 560 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions in the first three games of the season before being benched in the second half of Week 3 for Foles, who led the Bears to a comeback win over the Falcons. Foles took over from that point on, but he is sidelined this week with a hip injury suffered in Week 10 against the Vikings.
The one thing that has kept Chicago competitive has been its defense, led by edge rusher Khalil Mack. The Bears are one of six teams this season to hold opponents to less than 21 points per game. They’ll need to lean on the unit once more Sunday and hope that Trubisky can take care of the ball. Following the Cardinals’ loss to the Patriots on Sunday, the Bears are only half a game back in the NFC wild-card race.
Bears vs. Packers score
Bears vs. Packers updates, highlights from ‘Sunday Night Football’
(All times Eastern)
9:50 p.m. — HALFTIME: Packers 27, Bears 10. Chicago will receive to start the second half.
9:44 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, BEARS. Chicago gets the score it needs as Trubisky hits Robinson for the 1-yard score. Green Bay’s lead is cut to 27-10 with 19 seconds left in the half.
9:31 p.m. — 2-Minute Warning. Chicago has it, first and 10 at its 35-yard line with all three timeouts remaining. Bears desperately need a touchdown here.
9:24 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PACKERS. After a Bears first down is negated by a holding penalty, Trubisky coughs up the ball and Preston Smith scoops and scores to give Green Bay a 27-3 lead with 3:11 still to play in the first half. Looked like the Packers got away with a face mask that caused Trubisky to lose the ball.
9:17 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PACKERS. Rodgers backpedals from the pressure and throws it up to an open Allen Lazard for a 2-yard touchdown. Green Bay leads 20-3 with 4:34 left in the first half.
9:03 p.m. — INTERCEPTION. Trubisky tries to go deep towards the end zone but overthrows Darnell Mooney and is picked off by Darnell Savage. Packers take over at their 20-yard line with 12:24 left in the second quarter.
8:57 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PACKERS. On the first play of the second quarter, Rodgers rolls out to his left on play action and flips it to tight end Marcedes Lewis for the easy 5-yard score. Green Bay leads 13-3 with 14:55 left in the second quarter.
8:53 p.m. — END OF 1Q: Packers 6, Bears 3. Green Bay has it, first and goal at the 5-yard line to start the second quarter.
8:41 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, BEARS. Allen Robinson can’t quite hang onto the jump ball from Mitch Trubisky on third and goal, and Chicago settles for a 27-yard field goal from Cairo Santos to cut the deficit to 6-3 with 5:14 remaining in the first quarter.
Chicago was able to get David Montgomery going early as the running back got loose on this 57-yard carry.
8:32 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PACKERS. Aaron Rodgers throws it high for Davante Adams, who snags it for the 12-yard TD. Mason Crosby misses the PAT, Green Bay leads 6-0 with 7:22 left in the first quarter.
8:20 p.m. — Bears win the toss. Packers will get the ball to start the game.
Bears vs. Packers start time
All “Sunday Night Football” games in 2020 have the same start time of 8:20 p.m. ET. There are Sunday night games scheduled for every week of the season except Week 17, though the NFL has the ability to flex a game into a Week 17 “SNF” window.
‘Sunday Night Football’ schedule 2020
|Week 1||Sept. 10 (Thu.)||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans|
|Sept. 13||Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||Green Bay Packers vs. Tennessee Titans|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||TBD|