Final

Bears 27

(2-3, 1-2 away)

Packers 20

(4-1, 2-1 home)

Coverage: NBC

8:15 PM ET, October 7, 2007

Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI 

1 2 3 4 T
CHI 0 7 10 1027
GB 7 10 3 020

Top Performers

Passing: B. Favre (GB) - 322 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. Wynn (GB) - 13 CAR, 78 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: G. Jennings (GB) - 4 REC, 83 YDS, 1 TD

Five turnovers vs. Bears cost Packers perfect mark

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Brett Favre flirted with another record performance, all right.

Scouts Buzz
It's amazing how often the Packers run and complete quick slant routes. They mix in a few crosses, screens, hooks and the occasional vertical route when the corners are biting too hard on the slant. As happened against the Bears, the rare vertical routes often result in points. But for the most part, Green Bay can beat a defense with slant after slant.

Brett Favre and his receivers execute this route extremely well. When cornerbacks press, the Packers' strong wideouts use their hands well to get off the jam quickly. When corners play off, the receivers get underneath the coverage and shield them with their strong bodies. The receivers often are going into the teeth of the defense after the catch, but they avoid tacklers well.

Favre's timing is superb, and he puts the ball on the money time and time again. He is extremely confident in his receivers and is throwing to a spot, which shows a great deal of trust. However, when Green Bay got away from it, the offense sputtered and lost its rhythm.
-- Matt Williamson, Scouts Inc.
Complete Week 5 Scouts Buzz

Favre threw two second-half interceptions to tie George Blanda's career NFL record of 277, allowing the Chicago Bears to rally for a 27-20 victory at Lambeau Field Sunday night.

But Favre was responsible for only two of the Packers' five turnovers against a banged-up but ball-hungry Bears team -- a surefire recipe for an upstart team to cough up its undefeated record.

"We should have won the ballgame, but we made a lot of mistakes and they capitalized," Favre said.

Meanwhile, Bears coach Lovie Smith could say a few words that hadn't been uttered in Chicago in a while.

"We liked our quarterback play," Smith said.

Playing in his second game in relief of the benched Rex Grossman, Brian Griese did exactly what the Bears (2-3) wanted him to do -- nothing flashy, but just enough to win.

"He did a great job managing the game," Smith said. "Got us out of some tough plays, made good decisions."

In other words, he was the anti-Rex.

"This was as much as a must-win as you can get for us," said Griese, who was 15-of-25 for 214 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. "We needed the momentum. We needed the confidence. I thought our guys on both sides of the ball came out and played with heart and character and that's what I'm most excited about."

The Packers (4-1) gave away a 10-point halftime lead, and Griese threw the go-ahead touchdown to tight end Desmond Clark with 2:05 left.

Favre came out blazing with 243 yards in the first half and the Packers led 17-7 at halftime despite two first-quarter fumbles by rookie receiver James Jones in Bears territory.

"I thought we were going to put a lot of points on the board," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "To play the way we did in the first half and not finish it was very disappointing."

But the turnover-prone Favre of old reappeared in the third quarter, when he threw a head-scratching interception to Brian Urlacher that let Chicago back into the game.

Favre, who has been earning rave reviews for his careful play in the Packers' short passing game this year, said he should have thrown the ball away.

"I was trying to make something out of nothing," Favre said.

Griese made the Packers pay for Favre's mistake right away, throwing a 19-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Greg Olsen to cut the Packers' lead to 20-17 with 4:19 left in the third quarter.

Charles Woodson then fumbled on a punt return, and Chicago drove for a 36-yard field goal by Robbie Gould to tie the game with 14:13 remaining.

The teams traded defensive stops deep into the fourth quarter, when the Bears appeared to convert a third-and-4 at the Packers 42 with 3:13 remaining. McCarthy challenged the spot and got the ball moved, but not enough to take away the first down.

Later facing a third-and-2 at the Packers 34, Griese faked a handoff and threw down the seam to Clark, who had broken free from safety Nick Collins and linebacker Brady Poppinga. Clark ran to the end zone, giving the Bears the lead.

"We had a shot to blow these guys out," Collins said. "We let it slip away. We had way too many turnovers. Defense got sloppy in the second half. We've just got to come in tomorrow, look at the film and get better."

Favre drove the Packers to the Bears 31 and called the final timeout with 13 seconds remaining, but threw an incomplete pass, then an interception to Bears safety Brandon McGowan in the end zone to end the game.

Favre was 29-of-40 for 322 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

"We helped them out by putting the ball on the ground, bad decisions and stupid penalties," Favre said.

The Bears came into Sunday's game beaten-up on defense. Already missing safety Mike Brown and defensive lineman Dusty Dvoracek because of season-ending injuries, the Bears also were missing cornerback Nathan Vasher on Sunday.

The Bears also lost defensive tackle Darwin Walker to a knee injury late in the first quarter. Walker came back into the game, only to hobble off again in the second quarter.

But the Bears defense was boosted by the return of safety Adam Archuleta, linebacker Lance Briggs and Tillman. All three sat out the Bears' loss to Detroit last week.

"We still have a lot of guys to get healthy," Urlacher said. "We're not 100 percent yet, but that's not an excuse."

Even Griese was sore at the end of the game, wearing a wrap on his right knee.

"My knee's fine," Griese said. "This is just old age."

Game notes


After catching a 41-yard touchdown in the first half, Greg Jennings was taken to the locker room for X-rays on his shoulder in the second half but returned to the game. ... Packers center Scott Wells also left the game with an injury. ... Favre's wife, Deanna, was an honorary Packers captain as part of the NFL's breast cancer awareness weekend.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Chicago
Green Bay
1st Downs1618
3rd down efficiency
3-146-14
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Yards285439
Yards per play4.87.0
Total Drives01
Passing203318
Comp-Att
15-2529-40
Yards per pass
8.18.0
Interceptions thrown
12
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-111-4
Rushing82121
Rushing Attempts
3322
Yards per rush
2.55.5
Penalties6-4012-93
Turnovers15
Fumbles lost
03
Interceptions thrown
12
Possession29:3030:30

Passing Leaders

CHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Griese15/252148.6212-11
GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre29/403228.1121-4

Rushing Leaders

CHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Benson27642.4111
Peterson3124.005
GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Wynn13786.0144
Morency9434.8015

Receiving Leaders

CHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Clark36220.7134
Olsen45714.3127
GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jennings48320.8141
Jones56112.2023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCHIGB
TD11:01Deshawn Wynn 2 Yd Run (Mason Crosby Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERCHIGB
TD07:52Cedric Benson 10 Yd Run (Robbie Gould Kick) 77
TD04:55Greg Jennings 41 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Mason Crosby Kick) 714
FG00:01Mason Crosby 37 Yd 717
THIRD QUARTERCHIGB
FG12:03Robbie Gould 44 Yd 1017
FG09:02Mason Crosby 37 Yd 1020
TD04:19Greg Olsen 19 Yd Pass From Brian Griese (Robbie Gould Kick) 1720
FOURTH QUARTERCHIGB
FG14:13Robbie Gould 36 Yd 2020
TD02:05Desmond Clark 34 Yd Pass From Brian Griese (Robbie Gould Kick) 2720