The Bears, a team that no one truly knew what to expect from coming off a less-than-stellar preseason and a sloppy win over Detroit to start the season, capitalized on some costly Green Bay penalties and mistakes to remain undefeated and alone atop the NFC Central.
Robbie Gould (notes) kicked a 19-yard field goal with 4 seconds left after Urlacher forced a fumble in the closing minutes, and Chicago took advantage of a Green Bay team-record 18 penalties to beat the Packers 20-17 on Monday night. Via Yahoo Sports
18 penalties? The Packers may as well have been at a middle school prom trying to feel up the Bears’ players.
The final nail in the coffin, before Gould’s FG that is, was a pass interference call on the Packer’s Nick Barnett, effectively giving the game to Chicago.
Despite the sloppy play, the NFL’s longest rivalry should be another interesting match-up when the teams meet again later this season, possibly for the division title or a playoff spot.