Packers pick off Cutler

Green Bay sacks Bears’ QB 7 times and intercepts four of his passes

Charles Woodson dives in front of Earl Bennett for an interception, one of four for the Packers in their 23-10 victory over Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears on Thursday night in Green Bay, Wis. Enlarge photo

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Charles Woodson dives in front of Earl Bennett for an interception, one of four for the Packers in their 23-10 victory over Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears on Thursday night in Green Bay, Wis.

GREEN BAY, Wis. – On a night when defenses dominated the NFL’s most storied rivalry, the Packers got creative – and it worked.

Punter Tim Masthay and backup tight end Tom Crabtree combined for a touchdown on a fake field goal in the second quarter, and the Green Bay Packers rattled and robbed Jay Cutler in a 23-10 victory over the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on Thursday.

Cutler threw four interceptions, including a pair to Tramon Williams. Facing a fierce Packers pass rush all night, Cutler was sacked seven times, including 3˝ for Clay Matthews.

New Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall was held to two catches for 24 yards.

“Clay was incredible,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “Defense causing turnovers, if they play like this we’re going to be hard to beat.”

The Bears also lost running back Matt Forte in the third quarter to an ankle injury.

After Williams collected his second pick, Rodgers finally found the end zone in the fourth quarter, hitting Donald Driver for a 26-yard touchdown and a 23-3 lead.

Driver, who barely played in the Packers’ season-opening loss to San Francisco, did a celebratory dance in the end zone, recalling his stint on the “Dancing With the Stars” reality television show.

But Rodgers threw an interception to Tim Jennings, and the Bears finally cashed in. Facing fourth-and-7 at the Green Bay 21, Cutler threw a touchdown to Kellen Davis, cutting the lead to 23-10 with 6:49 remaining. But the Bears couldn’t mount a comeback as Matthews and the Packers kept turning up the heat.

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