In his debut game as the Green Bay Packers‘ new starting quarterback, Jordan Love threw three touchdown passes, leading his team to a 38-20 victory over the Chicago Bears in Sunday’s season opener at Soldier Field.
Love’s impressive performance included completing 15 of 27 passes for 245 yards, resulting in a passer rating of 123.2. He connected for three touchdowns, with two of them going to wide receiver Romeo Doubs.
Love’s third touchdown pass found running back Aaron Jones on a fourth-down crossing route, marking Jones’ second touchdown of the third quarter. Jones also contributed a rushing touchdown on the preceding drive, which featured a 51-yard gain by Jones on a throwback screen.
These two scores expanded the Packers’ halftime lead from 10-6 to 24-6. Unfortunately, Jones left the game with a hamstring injury after his touchdown reception.
In the fourth quarter, linebacker Quay Walker intercepted a pass from Bears quarterback Justin Fields and returned it for a 37-yard touchdown, giving the Packers a commanding 24-point lead. Walker, however, was undergoing concussion evaluation following a hit as he crossed the goal line.
Aaron Jones was a key contributor to Green Bay’s ground game, gaining 41 yards on nine carries and an additional 86 yards on two receptions, totaling 127 yards from scrimmage. Romeo Doubs finished the game with four receptions for 26 yards and two touchdowns.
Rookie tight end Luke Musgrave made three catches for 50 yards, including a crucial 37-yard grab that set up Doubs’ second touchdown. Another rookie, wide receiver Jayden Reed, had two catches for 48 yards and a 35-yard punt return. Reed briefly left the game due to cramping but returned to recover an onside kick by Chicago with 2:54 left.
On the Bears’ side, Justin Fields completed 23 of 36 passes for 207 yards, including one touchdown and one interception, resulting in a rating of 77.0. Fields also rushed nine times for 59 yards, while wide receiver Darnell Mooney contributed with four catches for 53 yards and a touchdown.
The Packers led the Bears 7-3 after the first quarter. Chicago initially gained 19 yards on a screen pass to Khaili Herbert but eventually turned the ball over on downs at their own 40-yard line after a defensive stop by the Packers.
Jordan Love made history as the third Packers quarterback to start Week 1 since 1993. Although Romeo Doubs didn’t start, he made an impact with a first-down catch on his first offensive snap, followed by Aaron Jones’ contributions, setting up a 7-yard touchdown pass from Love to Doubs to put the Packers up 7-0.
The first quarter also saw a 47-yard field goal by Chicago’s Cairo Santos, cutting the Packers’ lead to 7-3.
At halftime, the Packers held a 10-6 lead. Chicago’s Santos added another field goal, while the Packers’ defense prevented a Bears touchdown despite their drive deep into Green Bay territory.
In the third quarter, the Packers extended their lead to 24-6 with two touchdowns by Aaron Jones, who unfortunately left the game with a hamstring injury. Chicago responded with a touchdown pass to Darnell Mooney, reducing Green Bay’s lead to 24-14 by the end of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Packers as Love threw another touchdown pass to Doubs, making it 31-14. The Packers’ defense continued to shine, with Quay Walker returning an interception for a touchdown, extending the lead to 38-14.
Chicago managed a late touchdown, but it wasn’t enough as the Packers secured a 38-20 victory. Green Bay’s defense held strong, even with key starters being rested toward the end of the game.
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