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Three takeaways from Bears-Packers

Playing for the first time in 21 days, David Montgomery returned with a bang.

David Montgomery takes a handoff from Mitch Trubisky on Sunday night.
David Montgomery takes a handoff from Mitch Trubisky on Sunday night.
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Three takeaways from the Bears’ rivalry game Sunday against the Packers:

Montgomery returns

Playing for the first time in 21 days, David Montgomery returned with a bang. The first time he touched the ball Sunday night, he took a handoff and ran for a career-high 57 yards. Montgomery was tracked down at the 8-yard line, preventing his second rushing touchdown of the season. The Bears had to settle for a field goal. Montgomery, who finished with 103 yards on 11 carries, missed the Bears’ game against the Vikings with a concussion.

“I thought David ran really hard,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said. “I thought the line blocked well for him. That’s not anything — David’s a hard runner now. He cares immensely about this game. He’s going to give it every ounce that he has. And you felt that today. With that is belief and knowing that he plays hard and he believes in us. We just got to keep plugging away and fighting. That’s all we can do, is fight for one another.”

A-Rob in the end zone

Receiver Allen Robinson posted his third multi-touchdown game of his Bears career and first this season. He had two scores against the Lions in 2018 and two against the Raiders last year in London. Robinson had three touchdowns all season entering Sunday night’s game. Robinson, who finished with eight catches for 74 yards, said his chemistry with quarterback Mitch Trubisky was “solid.”

“Obviously there’s a couple plays that everybody would want back in that game,” he said, “but I thought it was decent.”

Roughing

The Bears rarely touched Aaron Rodgers all night. But when defensive tackle Bilal Nichols did — only slightly — he was flagged for roughing the passer. Nichols touched Rodgers — but not in the head or neck — after he threw an incompletion on first-and-10 in the first quarter to earn the flag. Six plays later, the Packers scored to go up 13-3.