Bears grades vs. Packers: Defensive backs

Bears grades vs. Packers: Defensive backs
December 29, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Quarterback Aaron Rodgers may have been rusty coming off seven missed games; he had a sluggish 44.7 passer rating for the first half. And wide receiver Randall Cobb hadn’t played since Week 6.

So their connection for the game-winning touchdown pass of 48 yards became all the more head-shaking, as safety Chris Conte appeared to settle at a point short, perhaps assuming Cobb would be going for just the first down, and allow Cobb to streak by him on a “vertical” route.

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“As soon as I came off the ball,” Cobb said, “I actually had a hook route about 10-12 yards. But I saw that the safety was flat-footed so I just threw my hands up and stayed on the move…It’s kind of a locked route but I knew with the play called that there’s nobody in the area that I was going to be running to, so I just communicated by throwing my hand up and Aaron was able to find me.”

Conte left the locker room without making himself available to comment on the play.

“Well, we had a little miscommunication,” said cornerback Tim Jennings. “Every guy has to be held accountable for what their job is, and we just didn’t get it done.”

Conte did save the defense with an interception in the Chicago end zone to end Green Bay’s first drive, just the third red-zone interception thrown by Aaron Rodgers in his career.

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But Jordy Nelson had his way with the entire secondary, with 116 yards midway through the third quarter and finishing with 160 yards on 10 receptions. Rodgers completed 25-of-39 passes for 318 yards and two touchdowns, plus an interception by Jennings on the Packers’ second possession.

Safety Major Wright was credited with eight tackles and cornerback Zackary Bowman had six tackles, as did nickel back Isaiah Frey as Green Bay went extensively with nickel personnel groups for most of the game.

“[Rodgers] made the play that a player like him can make,” said coach Marc Trestman. “He found a way to win the game with a great play.”

Moon's Grade: F