As the game wore on and Cutler lashed out at some of his teammates, the Packers knew they were getting to him.
"I heard a few of the (Packers) coaches say something about it," Woodson said. "They were saying he was pretty frustrated out there. Who wouldn’t be frustrated?"
Cornerback Tramon Williams, who had two of the four interceptions, was key in helping shut down wide receiver Brandon Marshall and limit him to two receptions for 24 yards. Like Woodson, he gave a lot of credit to the front seven.
"I didn't think the quarterback could get it to him with all the pressure that was on him," William said. "It just made our job kind of easy. When guys are coming after you every play and you are down in the game, you feel like you need to make a play."
There was a play in the fourth quarter that might merit some attention from the Packers moving forward. On second-and-eight from their own 49-yard line, Cutler hit Earl Bennett for an 11-yard gain, one of only five completions he made to a wide receiver in the game. Woodson was blitzing on the play and landed near Cutler's feet. As Woodson was on the ground, it appeared that Cutler attempted to kick him.
"I'm good," Woodson said when asked specifically about the incident. "I don't want to talk about it."
It's possible the Packers could remember that incident far longer than anything Cutler says.
3. If two man was as foolproof as the Bears offense made it look, every defense in the NFL would play it on nearly every snap. That is what the Packers elected to use in an effort to stymie Brandon Marshall. You’re talking about man-to-man coverage underneath with two deep safeties over the top. In essence, it allows the defense to put a bracket around Marshall.
“We know Jay was looking to go to Marshall,” cornerback Tramon Williams said. “You want to take that away from them early. He stopped looking at him and probably didn’t start looking at him again until the end of the game. We got what we wanted out of the scheme. It’s tough to shut down a guy like that. It is a total defensive effort to shut down a guy like that.”
In shutting down Marshall, there should have been plenty other options. The running game should have gotten cranked up but the Bears couldn’t sustain drives in the first two quarters and therefore had only nine carries at halftime. The middle of the field was open for plays to be made and Cutler didn’t make any, not under constant pressure.
“They played two-man 90 percent of the game, so we have to get other guys involved and get them out of it,” Cutler said. “We never challenged them in that and they never had to get out of it, so it was an easy game for them.”
What is the solution?
“We have to look at the tape,” he said. “We have to talk to (offensive coordinator Mike) Tice a little bit, figure out how we want to attack defenses when (they face this defense).”
It was as if an in-game adjustment wasn’t there for the Bears. Running back Matt Forte, who was lost to a right ankle injury in the third quarter, gained 49 yards on four receptions and 31 yards on seven carries. Those 80 yards accounted for nearly half of the team’s 168. There was nothing explosive about the offense and the passing game was a particular wreck with the revamped corps of wide receivers unable to make plays on the Packers secondary.
Should there have been more for Marshall, who was targeted only five times, 10 less than a week ago.
“When I look at having an impact, you have to see how much he was involved to have an impact,” coach Lovie Smith said. “We didn’t get him in enough positions. We had plays called to Brandon that we couldn’t get off.”
4. If the fake field goal the Packers ran for a touchdown in the second quarter looked familiar, maybe you’ve seen it previously in this rivalry. The Bears ran nearly the exact same play with punter Brad Maynard tossing a pass to tight end Dustin Lyman for a 12-yard touchdown in the same South end zone during a Dec. 1, 2002 game at Lambeau Field. It was one of two touchdowns for Lyman in the game that helped the Bears to a 14-6 halftime lead in what turned into a 30-20 loss. Unfortunately, Lyman suffered a torn ACL in the second half.
The Packers were more gutsy with their call because they faced fourth-and-26 from the Bears’ 27-yard line. If Tom Crabtree was tackled short of the 1-yard line after getting the pitch from holder Tom Masthay, they would have turned the ball over on downs and missed on the opportunity for three points with a Mason Crosby field goal.
“It’s kind of a universal fake,” Bears long snapper Pat Mannelly said. “They fake you on the outside and throw that underneath pitch. I think a lot of teams use it because it has a lot of success if you execute it right and get the right look against you.”
The right look was key for the Packers. Crosby was lined up to try a 45-yard field goal from the right hashmark. The Bears had a block called and overloaded their right side with seven of the 11 defenders. That gave the Packers the numbers they were seeking on the right.