Fake field goal burns Bears
GREEN BAY – The Bears’ special teams meetings might last a little longer next week.
A fake field goal by the Green Bay Packers marked one of the Bears’ biggest mistakes Thursday at Lambeau Field. The play resulted in a 27-yard touchdown pass from holder Tim Masthay to tight end Tom Crabtree for the Packers’ only touchdown of the first half.
On the play, Packers kicker Mason Crosby set up for a 45-yard field goal attempt. But instead of catching the snap and planting the ball into the turf, Masthay held the ball and flipped it to Crabtree as he crossed from left to right behind the Packers’ offensive line.
Bears defensive end Julius Peppers failed to make a difficult diving tackle, while teammates Eric Weems and Chris Conte were gobbled up by blockers on the outside. Crabtree sprinted untouched into the end zone for his first touchdown of the season and second of his career.
A sellout crowd of 70,543 fans roared after Crabtree's touchdown, which increased the Packers' lead to 10-0 with 1:50 remaining in the first half. The score spoiled an impressive stand by the Bears' defense, which forced a lengthy field goal attempt after back-to-back sacks by Julius Peppers and Henry Melton.
No team had scored a touchdown on a fake field goal against the Bears since Nov. 14, 1993, when John Kidd scored on a 2-yard run for the San Diego Chargers. Almost a decade has passed since the Bears’ most recent fake field goal turned touchdown, which happened when Brad Maynard tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Dustin Lyman at Lambeau Field.
Injury to insult: A mostly quiet game for Bears running back Matt Forte bottomed out when he headed to the locker room in the third quarter because of an ankle injury.
Forte left the game shortly after making a 14-yard reception and absorbing a tackle by Packers safety Charles Woodson. He headed to the trainers table on the sideline for treatment on his ankle before going to the locker room.
Before his injury, Forte tallied seven carries for 31 yards and four receptions for 49 yards. Backup Michael Bush logged the majority of the carries in Forte's absence.
Fast fall: Matt Toeaina apparently has found a spot in the doghouse of coach Lovie Smith.
One week after starting at nose tackle against the Indianapolis Colts, Toeaina was one of the Bears’ seven inactive players against the Packers. He was not listed on the injury report, which means he simply slipped behind Stephen Paea and Amobi Okoye on the depth chart.
Toeaina, 27, has started 23 games in parts of six seasons with the Bears. He registered two tackles with a quarterback pressure while splitting repetitions with Paea in Week 1.
What he said: Love him or hate him, former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is a character.
About an hour before the Bears kicked off against the Packers, Guillen offered his thoughts on the game in a not-so-carefully worded message to 250,000-plus followers on Twitter.
“I not a football fan no have a favorite football team o like the bears cause walter payton and coach ditkas,” Guillen said.
In other words: Go Bears.
Bears bits: Four prime-time contests remain for the Bears, including three Monday night games against Dallas, Detroit and San Francisco and a Sunday night game against Houston. … Bears tight end Kyle Adams, who was listed as questionable because of a shoulder injury, did not play. ... Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings did not play because of a groin injury.