Although Montgomery worked his way back into the lineup, there was cause for concern since rib injuries can linger, especially among players who take a lot of hits such as running backs. Green Bay got a mediocre effort from Hundley for three quarters, but he showed up when the team needed him the most, leading his Packers to a huge NFC North victory.
In the fourth quarter, Hundley stepped into a pair of big plays that helped shut the door on the Bears' comeback chances.
Hundley delivered late in the fourth quarter, hitting Davante Adams twice for game-changing plays.
Two plays later, Hundley fired a handsome back-shoulder pass to Adams near the front pylon of the end zone, and the fourth-year receiver turned his body to make the catch and get both feet in bounds for a huge touchdown. In the second half, Green Bay converted five of its eight third-down situations in which Hundley dropped back to pass. A wasted timeout on one of the most obvious hard counts in National Football League history as the first quarter wound down.More news: Credit Suisse fined $135 million by U.S. for malpractices
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Hundley even gutted it out after he injured his hamstring, something he said will not be an issue this week when he prepares for Sunday's game against the Ravens at Lambeau Field. Well, the experts were right on that low-scoring prediction, up until the fourth quarter, when this game got really interesting.
The Packers ran more times (37) than they threw it, but Hundley was efficient with 212 yards passing on 18-of-25 attempts and one touchdown without an interception for a 110.8 passer rating. Now he'll have to do it against a better team than the 3-6 Bears to prove he's for real.
Green Bay - and Hundley - still have a ways to go. It will be interesting to see how this team reacts to being in a new spot.
That seemed like a long shot after Week 9, but Hundley's flawless fourth quarter and the veteran accuracy he displayed connecting with Adams suggest it might not be such a bad bet after all.