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Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers live updates from Soldier Field

CHICAGO – Bears vs. Packers. Justin Fields vs. Aaron Rodgers. The rivalry resumes Sunday at Soldier Fields in Chicago.

Matt LaFleur’s Packers (4-8) will face Matt Eberflus’ Bears (3-9) in the 206th meeting between the two franchises. The good news is Rodgers and Fields will play through injuries, giving this matchup some added appeal.

Follow @bears_insider for live updates all game long. Shaw Local Bears beat reporter Sean Hammond is covering the game live from Soldier Field. Follow him on Twitter at @sean_hammond and on Instagram at @bears_reporter. Reporter Jake Bartelson will also be reporting live from Soldier Field, follow him on Twitter at @JakeBartelson.

Stay here all game long for live updates.

Packers tip a Bears’ field goal try

The Bears were very conservative on third-and-5 from the Packers’ 23-yard line. Running back David Montgomery took a handoff for a one-yard gain, which set up a field goal try from 40 yards.

Cairo Santos’ field goal attempt was tipped near the line of scrimmage and came up short. The Packers took over, trailing by two points.

Dillon scores 21-yard touchdown

The Bears defense drew penalties on back-to-back plays, which led to a 21-yard touchdown run from Green Bay running back A.J. Dillon on the following play.

Cornerback Jaylon Jones drew a defensive pass interference penalty that went for 38 yards. Aaron Rodgers had been targeting Christian Watson on the play. Cornerback Jaylon Johnson drew a defensive holding penalty on the next play.

Dillon had nice blocking ahead of him on his 21-yard score, he beat one man and found the goal line with relative ease. The Bears held a slim lead, 19-17, with 14:41 to go.

Cairo Santos makes 28-yard field goal

The Bears drove 62 yards on 12 plays and kicker Cairo Santos made a 28-yard field goal to extend the lead, 19-10, late in the third quarter.

The Bears had a couple of nice plays to get into field goal range. Justin Fields stepped up into the pocket on one key third down, looked as if he might run, but then pulled up and tossed a ball to tight end Cole Kmet for a 24-yard gain.

A few plays later, running back Darrynton Evans broke free for a 21-yard gain down to the 9-yard line. The possession moved backward from there and ended with Santos’ field goal.

Packers score just before halftime

The Packers made a bold decision to go for it on fourth-and-4 from the 14-yard line, instead of taking a chip-shot field goal, just before halftime. It paid off for Green Bay. QB Aaron Rodgers connected with receiver Christian Watson for a 14-yard touchdown.

The Packers cut into the Bears’ lead, 16-10. If the Bears’ defense came up with a stop there, they would’ve had a two-possession lead heading into halftime. Instead, it’s just a six-point advantage with the Packers receiving the kickoff after halftime.

Fields, St. Brown connect on deep ball; Montgomery punches in touchdown

Justin Fields connected with receiver Equanimeous St. Brown on a 56-yard bomb midway through the second quarter. St. Brown beat his man by a step and Fields threw a perfect deep ball to the former Packers receiver.

That got the Bears down to the 7-yard line, where David Montgomery bullied his way into the end zone on the following play. The Bears extended their lead, 16-3, but missed the extra point.

Bears WR Chase Claypool suffers injury

Bears receiver Chase Claypool caught a pass from Justin Fields in between the hashes early in the second quarter and was tackled hard by a Packers defender. Claypool lost the football on the play, but maybe more concerning was that Claypool reached for his right knee immediately after the play.

The play was reviewed and the call on the field upheld – a catch followed by a fumble, which was recovered by Green Bay. The Packers took over near midfield, trailing by seven points.

Bears’ depleted secondary stands tall

The Bears’ injured secondary stood tall in the end zone and kept everyone covered on a third down early in the second quarter. Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers was forced to throw the ball away on third down and Green Bay settled for a field goal try.

Kicker Mason Crosby made a 24-yard field goal to give the Packers their first points. The Bears still lead, 10-3, with 10:22 to go in the second quarter.

The Bears are playing with only one of their usual starters in the secondary. Jaylon Johnson and Jaylon Jones started at cornerback, while DeAndre Houston-Carson and Elijah Hicks started at safety. Josh Blackwell was the fifth defensive back off the bench.

Justin Fields runs for 56-yard touchdown

Justin Fields is most certainly back. The Bears’ QB ran for a 56-yard touchdown late in the first quarter, busting up the middle of the Packers’ defense and finding a lane to the end zone.

Fields faked a handoff to the running back, kept the ball himself, made a man miss, and then went off to the races.

It marked Fields’ eighth rushing touchdown of the season. The score extended the Bears’ lead, 10-0, with three minutes to go in the first quarter. It topped off a five-play, 70-yard touchdown drive.

Bears elect to receive, score first

The Bears won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff for the first time all season. Justin Fields led the offense 53 yards on 11 plays. He scrambled several times during the drive and took a QB sneak for a first down. His ailing left shoulder appeared to be in good shape.

Fields came up a yard or two short on a third-down scramble at the end of the drive. Kicker Cairo Santos made a 40-yard field goal to give the Bears the game’s first lead, 3-0, early in the first quarter.

Will Justin Fields play?

Fields will return to action Sunday after sitting out last week’s game against the New York Jets. Fields has been dealing with an injured left shoulder ever since taking a hard fall on Nov. 20 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Fields suffered a separated shoulder with several partially torn ligaments. The Bears started backup Trevor Siemian last week against the Jets. Siemian injured his oblique prior to the Jets game and is going to have season-ending surgery.

Prior to Sunday’s game, the Bears called up QB Nathan Peterman from the practice squad. The team also signed QB Tim Boyle off the Detroit Lions’ practice squad earlier this week.

Fields practiced in full on Thursday and Friday. He is active Sunday and expected to start.

Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields expected to play Sunday vs. Green Bay Packers

Other injury updates

Rookie cornerback Kyler Gordon and rookie safety Jaquan Brisker were ruled out Friday due to concussions. Backup right tackle Larry Borom (ankle/knee) was also ruled out Friday.

Inactive for the Bears is Gordon, Brisker, Borom, Boyle, cornerback Kindle Vildor, fullback Khari Blasingame and guard Ja’Tyre Carter.

Riley Reiff is active and will likely start at right tackle. Alex Leatherwood will dress and likely serve as the backup tackle.

The Bears will be incredibly thin in the secondary without Eddie Jackson, who is out for the season with a foot injury, and with Brisker, Gordon and Vildor sidelined. Cornerback Jaylon Johnson is the only regular starter who will be in the lineup Sunday. DeAndre Houston-Carson and Elijah Hicks will likely start at the two safety spots.

The Bears will also have Josh Blackwell, Jaylon Jones, Justin Layne, A.J. Thomas, Harrison Hand and Adrian Colbert at their disposal at defensive back.

What to expect from the Packers

Rodgers is expected to play through a thumb injury and a rib injury Sunday. He makes his first return to Soldier Fields since his infamous “I own you” celebration in October 2021.

The Packers will be without starting left tackle David Bakhtiari, who had an appendectomy and will not play this week.

Here are five things to watch in Sunday’s matchup. How is our staff feeling about the Bears’ chances this week. Check out Shaw Local’s staff picks here.

For your pregame listening needs, head over to the Shaw Local Bears Insider podcast.

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Source: The Daily Chronicle

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