Grading the Bears' performance.
Passing offense: D-
Kyle Orton’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Greg Olsen four minutes into the third quarter was Chicago’s initial third-down conversion of the game.
Orton had only 76 yards passing through three quarters, completing 8 of 16 tosses. He didn’t handle pressure well, getting sacked three times and throwing a horrible interception right to Charles Woodson. He threw a second bad interception, this time to safety Nick Collins, in the fourth quarter. He tackled Woodson after a 22-yard return to save a touchdown and prevent a grade of F.
Run offense: C-
The only thing worse through three quarters than Chicago’s passing offense was its running game. The Bears had 22 yards on 13 carries through three quarters. The tone was set on the opening drive when Orton opened the game with a 7-yard pass and the Bears had to punt after back-to-back 1-yard runs by Matt Forte.
But Forte put the Bears on his back on the game-tying touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. He opened with a 28-yard run and ran seven times for 48 yards on the 51-yard drive, including a 2-yard run on fourth-and-2 at the 5, to tie the game with 3:11 to play.
Pass defense: C-
Aaron Rodgers put up good numbers (20 of 31 for 226 yards with two touchdowns) through three quarters, but only 17 points. Alex Brown intercepted a pass tipped by Danieal Manning to give the Bears the ball at the Packers 48, one of only two times they crossed midfield in the first half. The Bears had no sacks through three quarters.
Run defense: A-
Green Bay had only 65 yards rushing on 22 carries (3.0 average) through three quarters. The Bears kept Green Bay out of the end zone after the Packers had a first-and-goal from the 5 early in the fourth quarter, but stopping Ryan Grant for no gain on first down and nailing Rodgers for a 5-yard loss on a second-down quarterback draw before an incomplete pass on third down.
Special teams: A-
Brad Maynard opened up with punts of 60 and 65 yards. Danieal Manning returned a kickoff 70 yards to set up a field goal. And Jason Davis recovered a muffed punt at the Green Bay 27 to set up Chicago’s second score. The Bears allowed a 32-yard kickoff return after tying the game with 3:11 to play and a 15-yard penalty on Adrian Peterson for a horse collar out of bounds gave Green Bay the ball at the Bears’ 35, but the Bears blocked a 38-yard field goal to force overtime.
Starting the game with Olsen at halfback was a fun new twist and paid off with a 7-yard pass to Olsen out of the backfield. Running up the middle up fourth-and-four feet from the 4 in the final five minutes was a bold and stubborn move that would have been second-guessed forever – except it worked. Forte made it by inches and scored on a 3-yard run on the next play to tie the game.