Packers get back on winning track by beating Bears

CHICAGO – The Packers certainly needed this.

Green Bay’s three-game losing streak is over following a 23-16 victory over the Bears at a rainy Soldier Field on Sunday.

Quarterback Brett Hundley played his best game to date in his third NFL start, putting up a triple-digit passer rating for the first time, and Green Bay’s defense allowed just one touchdown as the Packers improved to 5-4.

“It definitely feels good to win,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “It’s been a couple weeks.”

Four to be exact, with the bye week thrown in, but Green Bay remained two games behind NFC North-leading Minnesota, who improved to 7-2 with a win at Washington. Detroit also won and is tied with the Packers for second place at 5-4.

This game wasn’t as much about the standings, though, as simply getting back on the right track. Hundley’s development continued, the running game chipped in a huge assist, and the defense caught a big break as well.

The Packers lost two running backs, Aaron Jones (knee) and Ty Montgomery (ribs), to injuries, turning the ground game over to Jamaal Williams.

The rookie fourth-round pick out of BYU responded with 20 carries for 67 yards, all in the second half, grinding out some difficult yards on three scoring drives.

“Jamaal ran hard, ran physical,” McCarthy said. “Had some overloaded box runs. He had to make hard yards today, and he did a heck of a job with it to keep the sticks moving. I really like the way he played.”

With the help of Montgomery’s 37-yard touchdown run in the first half, the Packers racked up 160 yards on the ground overall and were particularly effective in the fourth quarter, which is when Hundley shined the most as well.

Playing on a tight hamstring, Hundley scrambled for a pivotal first down, found Davante Adams two plays later on an impressive back-shoulder throw for a 19-yard touchdown, and then hit Adams over the top for 42 yards on a crucial third-and-10 with just over two minutes left and the Packers protecting a seven-point lead.

“They were squatting on Davante throughout the game,” McCarthy said of the gutsy deep shot with the game on the line. “I would have liked to have gone to it a little earlier, but we obviously got it when we needed it.”

Hundley finished 18-of-25 for 212 yards and a score for a 110.8 passer rating, and Adams had five catches for 90 yards. The Packers couldn’t turn the final big play into the clinching points, though, as holder Justin Vogel bobbled the snap…

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