As shameful as the Bears' performance was, the Packers' showing was exquisite. The 55-14 execution before a record crowd of 78,292 at Lambeau Field was clinical, breath-taking and stunning rolled into one.Subtext: only two rings in those 23 years. Savor the win for a day, then get ready for Chuck Benarik and the Eagles. Bear fans can stew about it until July of 2015.
Not since the second of Vince Lombardi's five championship teams demolished George Halas' Bears, 49-0, in September 1962 have the Packers defeated Chicago by a larger margin.
The series had been trending toward Green Bay for 23 years. The Packers improved to 34-13 against Chicago since Ron Wolf, Mike Holmgren and Brett Favre revived a moribund franchise in 1992.
Obviously, the heat will be turned to fever pitch in Chicago on coach Marc Trestman, in his second season, and Phil Emery, the third-year general manager whose hiring of Trestman out of the Canadian Football League in January 2013 followed his decision to fire coach Lovie Smith.Yes. When Dr. Strangelove came out (on Obama Time) for his Monday press conference, the announcers on a Chicago sports-radio station were talking over his statement, in a manner that perhaps their counterparts on the political beat might have employed when a junior senator with a thin record started running for president.
The Packers made adjustments the Bears hadn't planned for.
After winning the toss, the Bears elected to receive. They confronted a Green Bay defense that had made a significant change, with Clay Matthews moving to inside linebacker next to A.J. Hawk in the nickel defense and Nick Perry replacing him at outside linebacker.Clay Matthews did a fine job of channelling Ray Nitschke.