Give yourself another hand, Bears fans. Last week, you showed up en masse at Cowboys Stadium and impacted the game but negating some of the Cowboys' homefield advantage. This week, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers stated the obvious: Fans at Soldier Field were a big reason why the Packers had 18 penalties for a whopping 152 yards."You've got to give their crowd some credit --- they were loud tonight," Rodgers said. "We had a couple of back-to-back penalties on the one-yard line ... I was screaming as loud as I can at times. It's just very uncharacteristic for our guys."
The Bears' three phases came out to play. The 1st Phase capitalized on Packer mistakes and drove down the field as Cutler rebounded from throwing an interception early in the game. The offensive line even settled down during the course of the game. The 2nd Phase was dominant. Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher forced a fumble late in the 4th quarter that sealed the deal. The 3rd Phase came up big too. Julius Peppers blocked a field goal, Devin Hester returned a punt for a touchdown and Robbie Gould hit the game winner. It was an all-around effort.
The 4th Phase was recognized this week by Aaron Rodgers. Normally, I would say he's just making excuses, but the 4th Phase DID bring the noise. The Bears fans were bringing the noise on Twitter by using the #4thPhase hashtag too.