When the Bears needed life Sunday, second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky stepped in.
The strengths of the team were flailing. The defense was mid-collapse. The coach made numerous bone-headed calls. Throughout the third and early fourth quarters the Packers had all the momentum. They were going to steal the game. Everyone knew it.
After a strange fake punt allowed the Packers to drive 50 yards for a touchdown and the game-tying two-point conversion, the Bears looked dead. They got the ball back.
First down: incomplete to Burton.
Second down: incomplete to Burton.
Third down: Trubisky takes off for 14.
Later in the drive, Trubisky made a sharp throw to Gabriel for 14 on second-and-13. Then he hit Adam Shaheen for 16 yards on second-and-eight after scrambling to his left.
Then Matt Nagy took the ball out of his hands, calling a Wildcat run in which Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard botched the exchange on third-and-one and the Packers recovered.
That was supposed to be the time Aaron Rodgers took control of the game. Everyone with a working knowledge of the game of football expected it.