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Tricky Green Bay Packers beat Chicago Bears 23-13

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Backup tight end Tom Crabtree scored on a fake field goal and Green Bay intercepted Jay Cutler four times to beat Chicago 23-10 Thursday night.

Facing a fierce pass rush all night, Cutler also was sacked seven times, including 3½ by linebacker Clay Matthews.

"Clay was incredible," said Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was 22-of-32 for 219 yards, a touchdown and an interception. "Defense causing turnovers … if they play like this, we're going to be hard to beat."

Brandon Marshall, meanwhile, who caught nine passes for 119 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's debut for the Bears, caught just two for 24 yards. Cutler was 11-of-27 for 126 yards and a late touchdown.

Late in the second quarter, Green Bay led 3-0 and faced fourth and 26 from the Chicago 27. Mason Crosby, who made a 48-yarder earlier in the quarter, lined up for a field goal. But punter/holder Tim Masthay took the snap and threw a shovel pass to Crabtree, who ran through a huge hole to the end zone.

"That's a gutsy call," Rodgers said. "It worked out."

Four plays after the kickoff, cornerback Tramon Williams intercepted Cutler, giving the Packers the ball at the Bears 48. Rodgers, who was sacked five times, marched the Packers into scoring range, and Crosby made a 35-yard field goal as time ran out on the half.

Crosby's 54-yard field goal put the Packers up 16-3 early in the fourth. Cutler threw his third interception, also to Williams, on the first play of the ensuing possession.

One play after that, Rodgers hit Donald Driver for a 26-yard touchdown to make it 23-3.

The Bears also lost starting running back Matt Forte. In the middle of the third, he appeared to twist his right ankle while being tackled. His status was unknown.

The Packers played without receiver Greg Jennings, who sustained a groin injury Sunday against the 49ers.

Blackouts: Dolphins fans will see Sunday's home game on TV locally despite it failing to sell out because the team and sponsors will buy unsold tickets at a 66 percent discount. Like the Bucs, the Dolphins decided this season to take advantage of a new NFL rule that allows teams to air games if as few as 85 percent of nonpremium seats are sold. It was unknown how many tickets weren't sold by Thursday's deadline. … The Chargers, who are not taking advantage of the loosened blackout rule, received a 24-hour extension from the league to sell out Sunday's game. About 2,100 tickets remained.

Bounty scandal: Commissioner Roger Goodell will meet with Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma on Monday and Saints defensive end Will Smith, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita and free agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove on Tuesday about their temporarily lifted suspensions for their roles in the Saints' bounty scandal. Goodell must hand down new punishments after an appeals panel ruled last week he could discipline the players only with regard to player conduct, not potential salary cap violations.

Cardinals: Coach Ken Whisenhunt declined to say Kevin Kolb will start at quarterback Sunday, saying "We still have time." John Skelton, who won the preseason battle, has not practiced since spraining his right ankle in Week 1.

Chiefs: Corner Brandon Flowers, who has been dealing with a foot injury, fully participated in practice for the first time since July 31. The team said it will see how he does today before determining his status for Sunday.

Dolphins: Running back Daniel Thomas missed his second practice because of a concussion sustained during Week 1. If he can't play Sunday, rookie and former Hurricanes standout Lamar Miller will make his NFL debut.

Eagles: Receivers Jeremy Maclin (hip pointer) and DeSean Jackson (left hamstring) sat out practice. The team hopes to know their status today.

Jaguars: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew denied a report that the team fined him $800,000 for holding out for almost all preseason. He declined to say if he was fined.

Jets: Coach Rex Ryan said the team hoped to determine cornerback Darrelle Revis' status before it travels to Pittsburgh on Saturday. Revis sustained a concussion Sunday when teammate Bart Scott kicked him in the head. He has been cleared for physical activity but not contact.

Lions: Receiver Calvin Johnson practiced a day after sitting out with a foot injury.

Rams: Quarterback Kellen Clemens, part of the final preseason cuts, re-signed. Clemens, who started three games for the team last season, will back up Sam Bradford in place of undrafted rookie Austin Davis.

Redskins: Receiver Pierre Garcon, who hurt his foot in Week 1, returned to practice on a limited basis. His status for Sunday hadn't been determined.

Steelers: Linebacker James Harrison, who didn't play Sunday against the Broncos because of a knee injury, did not practice a few hours after telling a reporter he would. Safety Troy Polamalu sat with a calf injury, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported both might sit Sunday against the Jets.

Vikings: Running back Adrian Peterson said his left knee, which had reconstructive surgery in December, has been sore and stiff since playing in Week 1, but he expects to play Sunday.


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