The Bears are officially in a home-and-home series with the Chicago Bears, the Bears’ home team for three seasons, and they have done so without much of a fight.
They were up 21-10 at halftime of their game Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, but then they got back to business after an 18-point first half to pull away with a 19-9 halftime lead.
The Bears had no trouble finding ways to beat their home team, holding them to fewer than 50 yards of offense in the first half, and only once did they let up a touchdown.
This time, the Packers scored on the Bears first drive of the second half and then marched down the field for a score that capped off a 21-9 Bears victory.
Bears quarterback Mike Glennon threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns.
Bears coach Marc Trestman has to have seen some of that early-season momentum in the playoffs when the Bears were 3-0 in the regular season, and he wasn’t worried about it.
“I think they’re a good team, and I think they’ll be fine, but you know, we’ve been playing with that kind of stuff in the past,” Trestmann said.
“We were just playing a team we knew was capable of doing it.”
Glennon was targeted three times, but he threw only one interception and completed just one of six passes for 17 yards.
The Packers went 12-of-16 passing for 209 yards and a touchdown and didn’t have a sack, either.
The Cardinals’ defense was dominant, but they allowed just 18 points in the second quarter, the fewest for a game since Week 5 of last season.
“They had a great day,” Cardinals safety Adrian Colbert said.
The game was a big reason why the Bears held off the Packers for a big lead, as they had three late field goals to make it 34-28.
Bears kicker Robbie Gould made the game-winning field goal in the final minute of the fourth quarter, giving the Bears a 31-31 lead.
“The momentum was with them.
It wasn’t just a one-game thing,” Tressel said.
Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller went 4-of.
4 on field goals and had two interceptions for the Bears, who went up 35-32 on a late touchdown by Tressell.
“That was a really good play by Fuller.
He made a good throw, got the ball back to me, and made a nice play,” Tretsel said of Fuller’s TD.
“He made a couple of plays that got them to the end zone, and we had a chance to tie it.”
Tressels defense held the Packers scoreless on their first three drives, including a touchdown run by rookie running back LaMichael James that set up Glennon’s first touchdown pass of the game.
James was targeted four times, and his first catch came on a 5-yard gain to the Packers’ 4.
After James made the catch, he rushed 25 yards on his way to a 44-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett, who had a career-high eight catches for 113 yards.
“When you get that early in the game, you kind of look ahead to the next week,” Fuller said.
James had his best game of the season with his first two touchdowns, but that was his lone reception of the day.
Treshels defense had a few big plays on the day, too, including on a 4-yard pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph that he connected with wide receiver Jaelen Strong on a 7-yard TD pass.
It was the first time Treshers defense had allowed three scores on the road since Week 2 of last year.
“It’s a great feeling to be able to win on the big stage and to be playing in front of our home fans,” Trelleys tight end Zach Miller said.
Trestmans defense is a different team than the one that struggled in the postseason last year, but it still has some key pieces.
“There are a lot of pieces that are improving, so we’re not exactly where we want to be, but we’re definitely in good shape,” Tress said.