Green Bay Packers: Why they won

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Sep 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Green Bay Packers outside linebacker

Clay Matthews

(52) is congratulated for making an interception during the second half Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Green Bay won 31-23. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Timely turnover

Things were working in Green Bay’s favor in the second half, but there was plenty of time for a potential comeback.

Chicago was marching down the field after a punt return put them in Green Bay territory, getting inside the Packers’ 30 yard line.

Cutler then dropped back to pass, looking for Martellus Bennett. He released the ball, but it never reached the intended target; Clay Matthews snagged an interception and returned it to near midfield (a penalty brought it back to the GB 38).

The score at that point was just 24-16; had Chicago gone on to score they could have tied the game.

Matthews’ timely play was the final necessary straw to break the game irreparably in Green Bay’s favor. After that INT, Rodgers moved the offense to score their final touchdown and seal the deal.

Green Bay still could’ve managed a win without the turnover, but it made the victory much easier to come by.

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