Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

November 5, 2013

Josh McCown powers Bears to 27-20 upset of Packers

McCown labels win as one of the best in his NFL career

Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress


Josh McCown may technically be the Chicago Bears' back-up quarterback but he delivered an all pro-like performance Monday night when his Bears upset the Green Bay Packers, 27-20, at Lambeau Field.

McCown, an 11-year NFL veteran and Sam Houston State University product, drew the starting assignment in place of injured Jay Cutler (groin) and McCown, a graduate of Jacksonville High School, made the most of his opportunity.

He threw for two touchdowns that enabled the Bears (5-3) to squad a six-game losing streak to their NFC North rivals, who are also 5-3 on the year.

The win was Chicago's first in Green Bay since 2007.

McCown completed 22 of 41 pass attempts (no interceptions) for 272 yards. He posted a passer rating of 90.7.

McCown seemed to be satisfied with his performance on Monday.

“Knowing my career, it would be hard to find one (game) better than this,” he said in an interview with a reporter from the Chicago Tribune.

His first scoring toss went to Brandon Marshall and covered 24 yards that gave Chicago its first lead of the evening, 7-3.

Trailing 20-13, midway of the third frame, McCown calmly dialed up Alshon Jeffery for a 6-yard touchdown that gave the Bear the lead for good.

The McCown-Marshall combination proved to be most effective as Marshall hauled in seven tosses (all over 10 yards) from McCown.

McCown is in his third season in Chicago.