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Hundley settling in

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) makes an one-handed 42-yard reception while being covered by Chicago cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) during the fourth quarter Sunday at Soldier Field. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Musick

The Sports Xchange

CHICAGO — Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley rolled to his right and spotted wide receiver Davante Adams sprinting toward the front right corner of the end zone.

Hundley knew he had a small window to make a completion. He cocked his arm and released a perfect spiral.

Touchdown.

The late score helped the Packers prevail with a 23-16 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon. Hundley earned his first victory since replacing Aaron Rodgers, who is out because of a broken collarbone.

“It was a great ball,” said Adams, who scored with 5:29 to go in the fourth quarter. “It was the first thing I said as soon as I caught it. I forgot to celebrate because of how good a ball it was.

“That’s the type of stuff Brett just has to do. When he’s comfortable, he’s going to make those plays.”

Attention, opposing defenses: Hundley is getting more comfortable.

The third-year quarterback completed 18-of-25 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown on a soggy day at Soldier Field. He rushed two times for 16 yards and did not commit a turnover.

Hundley’s passer rating has climbed from 39.9 to 86.0 to 110.8 in each of his three starts.

“I thought Brett Hundley played his best game of the year, just handling different situations, particularly high pressure in the fourth quarter,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. “Big play to Davante when we needed it.”

Hundley excelled despite the fact that his hamstring tightened up during the game. He stayed on the field and said he would be ready for next week’s matchup against the Baltimore Ravens at Lambeau Field.

“I’ll be fine, you figure it out and you keep going,” Hundley said. “It (this win) feels amazing. It’s truly a blessing, especially in a rivalry game. I just thanked the team. Not only the offensive line, receivers (and) running backs, but the defense played their butts off, too. I was able to do what I do because of them.”

Hundley credits an elite group of wide receivers with aiding his development. Adams has emerged as his favorite target so far, but Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson also pose threats downfield.

“I’m happy to be throwing to any of them,” said Hundley, who completed passes to nine players on Sunday. “You couldn’t ask for a better receiving corps than that. For me, I feel good with all my matchups.”

The Packers believe they can reach the playoffs despite an injury-riddled season. Their confidence is rooted in the “next man up” philosophy that every team preaches, but few actually execute.

“We just have to keep this momentum going,” Hundley said with a smile. “We’ve got to ride the wave.”

Packers Player Watch

  • Rookie RB Aaron Jones is expected to miss at least three weeks for a knee injury sustained in Sunday’s win. Jones, who was injured on the opening drive, has an MCL injury and is expected to be out for three to six weeks. The 22-year-old Jones is the Packers’ leading rusher this season with 370 yards on 70 carries and three touchdowns in eight games.
  • RB Ty Montgomery (ribs) left Sunday’s game and did not return. A a 37-yard rushing touchdown by Montgomery staked Green Bay to a 10-6 halftime lead.
  • LB Nick Perry had a career-high three sacks to go with six tackles.
  • RT Justin McCray started for RT Bryan Bulaga, who tore his ACL last week.
  • Hundley became the first signal-caller other than Brett Favre or Rodgers to start against the Bears since 1991.

Green Bay............. 3      7       3     10     —      23

Chicago............... 3      3       0     10     —      16

First Quarter

GB—Crosby 40 yard field goal, 7:20.

CHI—Barth 45 yard field goal, 2:15.

Second Quarter

GB—Montgomery 37 yard rush (Crosby kick), 11:41.

CHI—Barth 44 yard field goal, 0:0 0.

Third Quarter

GB—Crosby 24 yard field goal, 10:16.

Fourth Quarter

GB—Crosby 50 yard field goal, 13:09.

CHI—Bellamy 46 yard pass from Trubisky (Barth kick), 10:39.

GB—D.Adams 19 yard pass from Hundley (Crosby kick), 5:29.

CHI—Barth 49 yard field goal, 3:19.

A—61,285.

TEAM STATISTICS

                                            GB             CHI

First Downs........................ 18              14

Total Net Yards................. 342            323

Rushes-Yds.................... 37-160        17-55

Passing............................. 182            268

Sacked-Yds Lost.............. 3-30           5-29

Comp-Att-Int................... 18-25-0      21-35-0

Punts................................ 4-40          5-48.2

Punt Returns..................... 4-42            1-8

Kickoff Returns................. 2-51          6-128

Interceptions Ret............... 0-0             0-0

Penalties-Yards................ 5-35           8-78

Fumbles-Lost..................... 0-0             1-1

Time of Possession........ 33:53         26:07

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING-GB, Ja.Williams 20-67, Montgomery 6-54, Hundley 2-16, Aa.Jones 3-12, Cobb 4-8, Ripkowski 2-3. CHI, J.Howard 15-54, Cohen 1-1, B.Cunningham 1-0.

PASSING-GB, Hundley 18-25-0-212. CHI, Trubisky 21-35-0-297.

RECEIVING-GB, D.Adams 5-90, Cobb 3-52, Jo.Nelson 3-20, Montgomery 2-14, Ripkowski 1-12, L.Kendricks 1-9, R.Rodgers 1-8, Ja.Williams 1-7, Aa.Jones 1-0. CHI, Inman 6-88, Ke.Wright 5-46, B.Cunningham 3-32, Bellamy 2-57, Shaheen 2-39, Da.Brown 2-23, Cohen 1-10.

MISSED FIELD GOALS-GB, Crosby 1.

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