In the first quarter of the game between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, the game took an unexpected turn.
During the first series of the game, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sacked by Shea McClellin on a third down play. The Packers drive resulted in a field goal. More importantly, Rodgers was injured on that third down play. Rodgers suffered a shoulder injury and was out for the remainder of the game.
After the Bears defense forced a field goal by the Packers offense, the Bears offense continued to take momentum of the game. On the opening offensive drive for the Bears offense, quarterback Josh McCown led the offense down the field with ease. The Bears opening drive concluded with a 23-yard touchdown pass from McCown to wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
With Seneca Wallace at the quarterback for the position for the Packers, the Bears defense was put in a position where they could dare Wallace to beat them.
Wallace’s first drive did nothing to shake the momentum of the Bears as the Packers offensive drive was quickly halted when the Packers backup quarterback was picked off by Bears defensive end Julius Peppers.
After one quarter of play, there was renewed optimism for the Bears. Despite trailing by three points after the first quarter, McCown was having relative success on passing plays for the Bears offense. The concern, though, as it has been all season was the Bears defense. With Rodgers out, the Packers depended on their running backs in the first quarter. The Bears have struggled against the run this season and those struggles continued in the first quarter.
The Bears offense continued their success in the early portions of the second quarter. After a 33-yard screen pass to running back Matt Forte and a 27-yard pass to tight end Martellus Bennett, the Bears were set up with a first and goal situation. After Michael Bush was unable to get in the end zone on first down, Forte secured the touchdown on a 1-yard run on second down.
A successful two minute drive by the Bears offense at the end of the second quarter resulted in a Robbie Gould field goal to give the Bears a 17-to-10 lead at half-time.
Enough could not be said about how well McCown was operating the Bears offense in the first half. Similar to what McCown did against the Redskins, the Bears quarterback was taking what the Packers defense gave him. A strategy that was paying off the Bears in the early portions of this game. That would be why the Bears have a 17-to-10 lead at half time.