Pack­ers tame Bears at Lam­beau Field

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Aaron Rodgers threw for 326 yards and three touch­downs, Da­vante Adams and Ty Mont­gomery emerged as play­mak­ers in the sec­ond half and the Green Bay Pack­ers beat the of­fen­sively chal­lenged Chicago Bears 26-10 on Thurs­day night.

Rodgers was 39 of 56, set­ting a fran­chise record for com­ple­tions in a game. It was the Pack­ers’ first con­test with­out in­jured run­ning back Ed­die Lacy . “A lot of mov­ing parts, a very sat­is­fy­ing vic­tory at home,” coach Mike McCarthy said.

The Pack­ers (4-2) moved ef­fec­tively on short gains most of the night, but couldn’t break into the end zone un­til Adams caught the first of his two touch­down re­cep­tions with 9:11 left in the third quar­ter for a 13-10 lead.

Rodgers and Adams com­bined again for a 4-yard score on the first play of fourth quar­ter for a 10-point lead. It was ef­fec­tively over from there for the Bears (1-6), who lost quar­ter­back Brian Hoyer to a bro­ken left arm in the sec­ond quar­ter.

With Jay Cut­ler al­ready out with a right thumb in­jury, Chicago turned to third-stringer Matt Barkley. An of­fense that was al­ready 31st in the league in scor­ing got worse. Barkley was 6 of 15 for 81 yards and two in­ter­cep­tions. Coach John Fox tried to lean on the rush against the NFL’s third-best run de­fense. It didn’t work ei­ther.

Kadeem Carey had 48 yards on 10 car­ries, in­clud­ing a 24-yarder. Re­ceiver Al­shon Jef­fery was held to three catches for 33 yards against a Pack­ers sec­ondary with­out its top three cor­ner­backs be­cause of in­juries.

It got so bad for the Bears that Rodgers had more com­ple­tions (37) than the Bears had of­fen­sive plays (36) by 5:31 of the fourth quar­ter.

That 37th com­ple­tion for Rodgers was 2yard touch­down pass to Ran­dall Cobb for a 16-point lead. Adams, Mont­gomery and Cobb each fin­ished with at least 10 re­cep­tions.

HOYER HURT

Hoyer left early in the sec­ond quar­ter af­ter get­ting hit by Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews on an in­com­ple­tion on third-and-6 from mid­field. The right-handed Hoyer looked as if he landed on his left arm . He was at­tended to by train­ers on the field for a cou­ple min­utes be­fore go­ing to the locker room. Hoyer was 4 of 11 for 49 yards.

TRIPLE THREAT

Adams had 13 catches for a ca­reer-high 132 yards, mak­ing Jordy Nel­son-like moves to spin out of tack­les for ex­tra yards. Adams had just been cleared ear­lier Thurs­day from the NFL’s con­cus­sion pro­to­col af­ter leav­ing the loss Sun­day to Dal­las. Cobb fin­ished with 11 catches for 95 yards.

Mont­gomery, who got the start in the back­field with run­ning backs Lacy (an­kle) and James Starks (knee) out, fin­ished with 10 catches for 66 yards, and nine car­ries for 60 yards. “You do what you have to do, you play the way you have to play,” McCarthy said.

BIG FLOYD

The Bears’ only touch­down came from rookie pass-rush­ing line­backer Leonard Floyd, who forced Rodgers to fum­ble on third-and10 from the 15 on a sack. Floyd re­cov­ered the ball in the end zone for a 10-6 lead, 30 sec­onds into the third quar­ter. The Pack­ers scored touch­downs on their next three drives.

SLOW START

The Pack­ers moved ef­fec­tively with short passes in the first half but stalled on three drives in­side the 22. Ma­son Crosby sal­vaged two se­ries with field goals, but the Pack­ers went score­less on another drive when Mont­gomery was stopped on a fourth-and­goal run from the 1. Green Bay led 6-3 at the half.

IN­JURY RE­PORT

Bears: Be­sides Hoyer, RG Kyle Long left in the sec­ond quar­ter with an arm in­jury. Pack­ers: RB Don Jack­son, who was just ac­ti­vated from the prac­tice squad Thurs­day to re­place Lacy, left in the first quar­ter with a hand in­jury. —AP

GREEN BAY: Green Bay Pack­ers quar­ter­back Aaron Rodgers (12) tries to run away from Chicago Bears out­side line­backer Leonard Floyd (94) dur­ing the first half of an NFL foot­ball game, Thurs­day, in Green Bay, Wis. — AP

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