Chicago Bears

Bears Notes: Team plays coldest Chicago pro football game

CHICAGO – The Bears and Green Bay Packers made a little history Monday night, playing the coldest Chicago pro football game on record.

The kickoff temperature of two degrees was the coldest since the team began keeping track in 1963. The previous low was a Bears-Packers game in December 1983, with a temperature of three degrees.

That game still has the record for the lowest wind chill, at minus-23. Monday night’s wind chill at kickoff was minus-13.

The wind chill for last seanson’s Bears-Packers game at Soldier Field fell to minus-18 during the game, but it was warmer at kickoff.

“The field was pretty slippery,” kicker Robbie Gould said. “It was frozen. They talk about a frozen tundra usually in Green Bay, but it was frozen here in Chicago for the first time ever.”

The attendance of 54,057 included 8,094 no-shows.

Health check: Mike Brown, the Bears’ safety, left the game in the second quarter with a calf injury. Brown aggravated the injury, which had hindered him a couple of times during the season, on the Packers’ second touchdown play.

Three special-teams players also went out with injuries: Hunter Hillenmeyer (ankle) in the second quarter; Kevin Jones (hamstring) in the third; and Marcus Hamilton (knee) in the fourth.

After further review: In the first quarter, the Bears thought a bouncing punt might have deflected off Packers return man Will Blackmon.

The ball kept rolling toward the Packers’ end zone and Trumaine McBride saved it into Jones’ hands. Jones took a few steps into the end zone for what the Bears hoped was the game’s touchdown.

However, the officials ruled the ball never did hit Blackmon. Bears coach Lovie Smith challenged the play, but the call stood.

The interceptor:
The Packers had the ball at their 48 in the first quarter, but nickelback Danieal Manning tipped Aaron Rodgers’ short pass high into the air.

Defensive end Alex Brown snared the ball. This is the third consecutive season in which Brown has at least one interception. He has five for his seven-season career.

Bring it on:
After the Packers took a 14-3 lead in the second quarter, scattered boos came down from the stands. Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher waved his arms to encourage the crowd to boo some more.

It was the same gesture Urlacher made going into halftime when the Bears trailed by 10 points Nov. 2 against Detroit. The Bears rallied to win that game with two second-half touchdowns, so they are 2-for-2 in coming from behind after Urlacher eggs on the fans.

Shanked:
Packers kicker Mason Crosby lined up for a 46-yard field goal that would have given Green Bay a 17-10 lead in the third quarter, but missed the kick badly. It was short, low and wide to the right.

The Packers eventually got Crosby a shorter attempt, 28 yards, for a 17-10 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Inactives:
Bears fullback Jason McKie (quadriceps) missed his fourth consecutive game.

The Bears’ other inactives were wide receiver Devin Aromashodu, linebacker Gilbert Gardner, guard Terrence Metcalf, defensive tackle Matt Toeaina, wide receiver Brandon Rideau and defensive end Ervin Baldwin. The designated third quarterback was Caleb Hanie.

The Packers’ injured players included third-down running back Brandon Jackson (wrist), starting fullback Korey Hall (knee) and backup defensive tackle Justin Harrell (hip/back).

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