The protection of the bears did its part. Led by first-year coordinator Chuck Pagano, the unit sacked Aaron Rodgers five times, retaining the Packers for a total of 213 yards and allowed Green Bay to convert only 2-of-12 games to third down (17 percent). The 10 points were the least the Packers put in a game between longtime foes after winning 10-3 in the 2010 Green Bay Finals.
The Bears' offense, on the other hand, struggled mightily from start to finish. After scoring at least 14 points in every game last season, the offense only resulted in a 38-yard field goal by Eddie Pineiro, which gave them a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The show came with a drive that began at the age of 36 at the Packers.
Coach Matt Nagy opened the press conference after the game, calling the presentation of his team "obviously unacceptable" and saying "it starts with me".
"I just told the guys there, that's not who we are," Nagi said. "I was proud of our protection. I thought they were playing their ass tonight. It's a shame, not good enough ̵
"We have a dressing room of high-profile people. That's why we introduce these guys, because what they do is they don't point fingers. The defense does not point fingers and says the offense should have played better. This is not the way we roll. ”
The Packers took a 7-3 lead into Rodgers' pass to an 8-yard pass to complete Jimmy Graham early in the second quarter. A 39-yard field goal by Mason Crosby extended the margin to 10-3 with 5:15 remaining in the fourth period.
The Bears played only three of 65 games in the red zone, all three of which came late in the drive after Crosby's field goal. But on third-and-10 from 16, Mitchell Trubiski's transition to double coverage for Alan Robinson II was intercepted by former Bers Adrian Amos in the end zone with 1:58 to play.
"That was disappointing," Trubiski said. "I wish I had that back. I felt really good when he left my hand and thought I had put him in a good place for A-Rob. I didn't keep it long enough for safety and there seemed to be little contact there. Maybe I should go somewhere else. ”
The Bears failed to support the discs, converting only 3 of the 15 third-down opportunities (20 percent). They failed to pick up a third play twice, with Cordarel Patterson losing two yards in midfield and Trubiski getting fired with no gain.
The Bears took 10 penalties for 107 yards, including three consecutive plays on a fourth quarter disc, which resulted in a situation on the third and over 40.
"We just couldn't get into a rhythm; it's so easy, "Nagi said." We had a third and a 40 at one time. I have no call to play a third and over 40. Now you're just trying to pass the field and do everything you can. "
Tubiski finished 26 of 45 passing for 228 yards with one catch and 62.1 minus scores while being fired five times In three previous games against the Packers, he had a 96.6 passing rating, throwing three TD passes without any interceptions.
"I definitely feel like I'm leaving a lot of my teammates and the fans down the way I played, "Trubiski said.
"I felt like I made good throws here and there, I made some good decisions for the most part, but I think it was just a wash from me and like insult like a hole. It was just hard. We couldn't find a rhythm. It's really disappointing because it's very uncharacteristic of this crime, especially the way we practice. "