The Bears stumbled to a 10-3 loss against the Packers in the NFL’s 2019 season opener Thursday night at Soldier Field.
Following a brutal first quarter for the Green Bay offense, Aaron Rodgers threw for 203 yards and one touchdown to lead Green Bay to a second consecutive Week 1 win over their longest rival.
The Bears’ offense looked rough after sitting most of the starters for the preseason. Mitch Trubisky completed 19-of-31 passes for 182 yards, but the team’s only score was a field goal resulting from good field position.
Catch up on the Bears’ season-opening loss to the Packers below.
Final score: Packers 10, Bears 3
Packers 10, Bears 3: With the game on the line, the Bears generate two yards over four plays before running out of downs. Not a night to remember for the offense.
Packers 10, Bears 3: The Bears are able to get the big stop on third down, so they’ll get the ball back with over 90 seconds on the clock and one timeout. Can Mitch Trubisky rebound from his interception? He’s got the opportunity.
Packers 10, Bears 3: Following an incompletion that stops the clock, the Packers are looking at a crucial third-and-5 to put the game away. The Bears could end up getting the ball back for one last shot.
Packers 10, Bears 3: And that might put this one on ice. Mitch Trubisky tried to float one into the far corner of the end zone but it was intercepted by none other than former Bears safety Adrian Amos.
Packers 10, Bears 3: The Bears convert again on third down to move inside the red zone with under three minutes remaining.
Packers 10, Bears 3: Mitch Trubisky and Allen Robinson come through on third-and-10 with a 21-yard play up the middle to keep the drive alive.
Packers 10, Bears 3: The Bears had pushed near the red zone after a big pass to Taylor Gabriel, but the play was overturned following a challenge by the Packers. Gabriel only got one foot down after establishing possession, the referees said, which leaves the Bears with third-and-10 near midfield.
Packers 10, Bears 3: The Packers’ drive stalls out before Mason Crosby hits a 39-yard field goal to extend the lead to a touchdown.
Packers 7, Bears 3: The Packers are on the move past midfield again after a 28-yard pass down the middle to Robert Tonyan. Aaron Rodgers is over 200 yards passing in the contest.
Packers 7, Bears 3: A huge 50-yard bomb to Taylor Gabriel gets called back for offensive pass interference, which means the Bears are looking at second-and-40. Yikes.
Packers 7, Bears 3: The first-ever challenge for pass interference goes against the Packers following a catch by Taylor Gabriel. Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur challenged, arguing Gabriel pushed off the defender to make the catch, but the referees upheld the no-call on the field.
Third quarter: Packers 7, Bears 3
Packers 7, Bears 3: Rather than take a field goal around 50 yards with Eddy Pineiro, the Bears opt to go for it on fourth-and-10 and fall short. The Bears’ longest drive of the night ends without points.
Packers 7, Bears 3: Allen Robinson does a stellar job getting back to the ball for the Bears’ second-biggest play of the game, a 22-yarder to the left sideline.
Packers 7, Bears 3: Another ugly drive for the Bears’ offense, which hasn’t developed any rhythm yet in this game. A read-option QB run out of shotgun on third-and-1 didn’t end well, leading to another punt.
Packers 7, Bears 3: Leonard Floyd delivers a huge sack to end the Packers’ latest drive and force them into another punt. The Bears now have four sacks on the evening.
Packers 7, Bears 3: Another underwhelming drive from the Bears’ offense to open the second half. Mitch Trubisky has completed 11-of-18 passes for just 75 yards so far.
Halftime: Packers 7, Bears 3
Packers 7, Bears 3: Following another Bears punt, Aaron Rodgers’ hail mary heave toward the end zone falls short.
Packers 7, Bears 3: The two teams have traded punts for their last four possessions since the Packers’ go-ahead touchdown, although the Bears will get one last shot with less than a minute on the clock and two timeouts.
Packers 7, Bears 3: Akiem Hicks delivers a huge third-down sack to stifle Aaron Rodgers’ momentum as the quarterback seems to be getting his sea legs under him.
Packers 7, Bears 3: The Bears got stuffed on a third-and-1 with running back Mike Davis losing yardage, but well-executed punt coverage pinned the Packers’ offense inside their own 5 for their next possession.
Packers 7, Bears 3: Mitch Trubisky delivered his best pass of the season yet to hit Allen Robinson for a 27-yard gain.
Packers 7, Bears 3: Green Bay’s offense finally comes alive with a 47-yard bomb up the middle to Marquez Valdes-Scantling that set up an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jimmy Graham. After a disastrous first quarter, Aaron Rodgers came alive ... just like that.
Bears 3, Packers 0: The Bears’ latest drive stalled out in Packers’ territory with some risky passes from Mitch Trubisky. Green Bay easily could’ve ended that drive with an interception instead of a punt.
First quarter: Bears 3, Packers 0
Bears 3, Packers 0: EDDY PINEIRO FIELD GOAL!!! Afforded strong field possession after a punt return by Tarik Cohen, the Bears were able to push a bit closer to set up a 38-yard kick by Pineiro, who piped it right down the middle.
Bears 0, Packers 0: The Packers so far – Six plays, minus-17 yards. Yeah, the Bears’ defense looks good out of the gates.
Bears 0, Packers 0: A sloppy possession for the Bears’ offense comes to an end after a Packers sack when Blake Martinez splits two linemen due to miscommunication. Looks like there’s some rust to shake off.
Bears 0, Packers 0: The Bears move the chains for the first time this season with a defensive holding call on Green Bay. The offense is already near midfield on the hunt for its first points.
Bears 0, Packers 0: Green Bay opens the game with possession after the Bears win the coin toss and opt to defer to the second half. A defense that’s been champing at the bit finally gets to go.
Before the game
A powerful rendition of the national anthem from Jim Cornelison, who will be familiar to anyone who’s attended a Blackhawks game in recent years.
The Bears’ captains for the first game of the 2019 season:
#Bears captains: Akiem Hicks, Tarik Cohen, Mitch Trubisky, Charles Leno, Khalil Mack— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) September 6, 2019
Matt Nagy came in with the George Halas vibe, and we gotta say, he’s crushing it:
Mitch Trubisky came in with a similarly dapper look:
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky arrives at Soldier Field before the Chicago Bears take on the Green Bay Packers tonight in the first NFL game of the 2019 regular season.https://t.co/GAtS26I9VY pic.twitter.com/gfZ1XL4WDV— Ashlee Rezin Garcia (@Ashlee_Rezin) September 5, 2019
We also got a Jay Cutler sighting!
The Bears kick off their most anticipated season in years Thursday night with the NFL’s opening game against the Packers. After a long offseason of questions about how this team – which didn’t play its starters at all in the preseason – will fare coming off a division title, we’ll start getting answers.
No player in Chicago faces bigger questions entering this season than quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who’s looking to take the leap from intriguing young talent to franchise cornerstone. Trubisky hasn’t played in real-game action since the playoff loss to the Eagles last winter, but it’s worth remembering he finished strong in that game.
The debut of rookie running back David Montgomery will also be worth watching after what was by all accounts an impressive training camp. The Bears traded up to select Montgomery in the 2019 draft, and it’s clear they intend to use him in a significant role in his first professional season.
For the Packers, the big questions all surround quarterback Aaron Rodgers and how the team will perform in its first game under new head coach Matt LaFleur. Will there be an adjustment period for Green Bay with a talented Bears defense ready to attack? Rodgers’ presence means that offense could always put up numbers.
The Bears’ key players have waited all preseason to get into the action and they have 10 days off before a Week 2 matchup in Denver. Expect an intense welcome to the 2019 NFL season by the league’s oldest rivals.
How to watch Bears vs. Packers
Time: 7:20 p.m. CT
Live stream: NBC Sports Live