Jay Cutler threw for 221 yards, Brian Urlacher forced a key fumble and Chicago took advantage of a team-record-tying 17 penalties by the visiting to , on Monday night.
Robbie Gould won it with a 19-yard field goal with four seconds left. The Packers’ James Jones lost a fumble on a hit by Urlacher in the final minutes. Then Morgan Burnett was called for pass interference on Earl Bennett, setting up the winning kick.
Chicago is 3-0 and alone atop the N.F.C. North. The Packers fell to 2-1.
The Bears kept insisting they were contenders through a sloppy preseason and less-than-inspiring opening win over Detroit. They turned heads with a victory at Dallas last week, then came up with a convincing win Monday.
The Bears had tied it at 17 on a 25-yard field goal by Gould when Urlacher jarred the ball out of Jones’s hands after a reception near midfield. Tim Jennings recovered, giving Chicago the ball on the Packers’ 46 with 2:18 remaining.
18 GAMES CALLED CERTAIN The ’ president, Bill Polian, who is on the league’s competition committee, said in a weekly radio program that extending the season to 18 games was a “fait accompli,” no longer subject to debate.
CUT EDWARDS Buffalo waived quarterback Trent Edwards. On Sunday, in a 38-30 loss to New England, Ryan Fitzpatrick picked up the offense with 247 yards passing and 374 total yards, producing more offense in one game than Edwards managed in two losses to open the season.
’ RICE IFFY Baltimore running back Ray Rice has a bruised knee, leaving his status in doubt for Sunday’s game against the undefeated , a division rival. If Rice is unavailable, will start.
’ JACKSON OUT FOR SEASON Cleveland linebacker D’Qwell Jackson will have surgery to repair a torn right chest muscle, sustained in training camp, and is out for the season.
WEIS IN HOSPITAL Charlie Weis, the ’ offensive coordinator, had emergency gall bladder surgery Monday morning, The Kansas City Star reported.
FIRE COORDINATOR San Francisco (0-3) fired its offensive coordinator, Jimmy Raye. Mike Johnson will move to offensive coordinator from quarterbacks coach.
MCKINLEY REMEMBERED players and coaches were among several hundred people who attended Denver wide receiver Kenny McKinley’s funeral in suburban Atlanta.
McKinley, 23, died last week at his home near Denver, and authorities think he shot himself. Linebacker Wesley Woodyard said McKinley came into the locker room and “taught 61 men how to laugh every day.”