After exchanging punts, Cutler looked for Devin Hester only to find Hayward instead. It was the sixth interception of the season for the rookie, who grabbed the ball at midfield and returned it 24 yards. Five plays later, Rodgers hooked up with Jones again, this time for an 8-yard TD.
The Packers made it 21 unanswered points on the first drive of the second half. In another third-and-long situation, Rodgers threw incomplete to Jermichael Finley. But Green Bay got a second chance when Chris Conte was called for pass interference and, after a delay of game penalty, Rodgers found Jones for a 6-yard score.
It was Jones‘ first three-touchdown game and the fourth multiple-TD game of his career.
“You don’t want to lose to your rival year in and year out. It’s not a rival. It’s a domination,” Cutler said. “We’ve got to find a way, but that’s in the past. Arizona’s up next, we’ve just got to focus on that.”
The Bears had chances to get back into it. Green Bay’s Mason Crosby missed two more field goals, and Charles Tillman forced a fumble by Ryan Grant that Nick Roach recovered. Chicago got a big break on the next play when Green Bay safety Morgan Burnett hauled Jeffery down right in front of the end zone — and right in front of an official. The pass interference penalty gave Chicago the ball at the Green Bay 1.
But the Bears could only get a 34-yard field goal by Olindo Mare out of it after Jeffery was called for pass interference, his first of three.
NOTES: Matthews has eight sacks of Cutler in as many games. … The Bears sacked Rodgers three times, with Peppers and Corey Wooton each being credited with 1 1/2. … Despite two more misses by Crosby, his 11th and 12th this year, McCarthy said the Packers will not be looking for a new kicker. “We’re not changing kickers. Write that down right now,” McCarthy said. “He’s our guy.” … Randall Cobb had 150 all-purpose yards, leaving him 10 shy of Ahman Green’s single-season Packers record (2,250 in 2003).
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