Can't Buy A Break
By Jeff Falconio
Aaron Rodgers can't lead the Packers in the final two minutes. That's all people have been saying as the Packers piled up close loss after close loss. Finally, late in the fourth quarter against the Bears it looked like the Packers would finally catch a break. Finally, great field position after a 32 yard kickoff return by Will Blackmon with a 15 yard horse collar penalty tacked on. Finally, a crucial conversion as Rodgers hit James Jones for nine yards on a third-and-eight. All that remained was a 38 yard field goal for Mason Crosby.
But the Packers wouldn't catch a break. A blocked field goal, a coin toss in
's favor and seven plays later the Bears won it 20-17. Will this finally pipe down the naysayers? Rodgers did just about all he could to deliver a win in the final minute. The real shame is that a spirited defensive effort will be lost in the shuffle. The Packers forced two turnovers, sacked Kyle Orton three times and held Matt Forte in check for all but two possessions.
The effort was inspired but not flawless. Again, the Packers had scoring chances but
missed a field goal late in the third quarter and much earlier in the game the Packers turned it over at midfield. Special teams was again a problem. The Packers allowed a huge return after opening a 7-0 lead that led to a
field goal. Then the Bears recovered a punt that grazed Jarrett Bush. That miscue led to a touchdown. Together that's an easy 10 points for the Bears. On those two drives the Bears covered only 43 yards. Defensively, you couldn't ask for much more. But in a game where the defense was tight and Rodgers was crisp the Packers would find a way to lose. And in a year where the Packers can't buy a break, it was a fitting end.