Bills vs. Buccaneers, ended a matter of minutes before 8 p.m. EST, so, for those who stuck around for the RedZone touchdown montage after the Buccaneers winning score, it was only 15 minutes until Carrie Underwood bellowed through your speakers about how deeply she has been waiting all day for Sunday night.
Just after 8:22 p.m. EST the Packers kicked the ball off to the Bears who were an 11.5 point underdog in rookie quarterback Justin Fields’ first start since suffering a rib injury on Nov. 21. The Bears ended the first quarter with a 3-0 lead, and then things got weird.
In a game in which the over/under was set at 37.5, 45 points total were scored in the second quarter. The Bears, who have been wishing on a star for big plays for most of this season, scored touchdowns on plays of 46, 54, and 97 yards in the second quarter.
The Packers, however, were not about to be outdone on their home field on national television. They took a Fields interceptions 55 yards to the house for a score in the second quarter, and during a two-minute drill, Aaron Rodgers threw for 75 yards in four plays to lead the Packers to a touchdown.
The Bears would then take advantage of a great kickoff return and go down the field in 44 seconds to kick a field goal and go into halftime with a 27-21 lead.
That was it for America’s Sunday evening entertainment. The Bears ended up losing the game 45-30 like the non-playoff team they are to the Super Bowl contender that the Packers are.
Week 14 Sunday started boring, continued dull, and ended predictably, but for about a four hour stretch the NFL was as good as it could possibly get.