Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Roundup: Packers Upend Bears; Chiefs Stop Texans

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Roundup: Packers Upend Bears; Chiefs Stop Texans

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Packers upend Bears; Chiefs stop Texans; Chargers roar back from 18-point deficit

Aaron Rodgers saw James Jones go up for a one-handed touchdown catch and experienced a few flashbacks as if they had stepped back in time. Rodgers threw for three touchdowns, two to Jones, and Green Bay beat host Chicago 31-23 Sunday to spoil John Fox's debut as Bears coach.

The Packers got all they could handle from the rebuilding Bears before taking control down the stretch to beat them for the 10th time in 11 games, including the postseason.

Rodgers improved to 13-3 lifetime against Chicago. The 2014 MVP completed 18 of 23 passes for 189 yards.

Jones, who spent seven seasons in Green Bay before signing with Oakland last year, caught four passes for 51 yards. That included a one-handed grab on a 13-yard score late in the first quarter that left Rodgers flashing back to 2012, when Jones led the league with 14 TD catches. He added a 1-yarder in the third. With Jordy Nelson (knee) out for the season, the Packers were quick to bring back Jones.

"Like many other guys that have gone elsewhere and come back, there is a comfort in this offense for guys who have flourished in it at times," Rodgers said. "And I think that Jones is one of those guys that really feels comfortable on offense."

The Bears, essentially starting over under Fox and new general manager Ryan Pace after a five-win season, kept this one close, though quarterback Jay Cutler had a rough day. He was 18 of 36 passing for 225 yards, with that late interception. He threw a 24- yard TD pass to Martellus Bennett with 34 seconds left, but Green Bay recovered the ensuing onside kick.

Chiefs 27, Texans 20 * Alex Smith threw for 243 yards and three touchdowns in the first half to spark visiting Kansas City. Travis Kelce caught two TD passes in the first quarter, the first coming after the Chiefs intercepted Brian Hoyer on his first throw as a Texan. The Chiefs were ahead by 14 points in the second quarter when Justin Houston sacked Hoyer, forcing a fumble. Kansas City recovered the ball, and that led to a 7-yard touchdown reception by Jamaal Charles, pushing the lead to 27-6. Hoyer struggled in his debut before Ryan Mallett took over with about six minutes left and led Houston on two scoring drives to cut the lead to a touchdown, but Jeremy Maclin recovered the ensuing onside kick. Maclin (Kirkwood High, University of Missouri) had 52 yards receiving in his debut for the Chiefs after spending the first five years of his pro career with the Eagles.

Chargers 33, Lions 28 * Philip Rivers rallied San Diego to 30 straight points, including throwing a go-ahead, 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ladarius Green early in the fourth quarter, as the Chargers won at home after trailing 21-3. Rivers overcame two interceptions, including a 31-yard return for a touchdown by Glover Quin, to complete 35 of 42 passes for 404 yards and two scores. …

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