For only second time in NFL history, neither team punts
CHICAGO — Even Aaron Rodgers was astounded when he heard in the locker room that the game he'd just finished was only the second in NFL history that had no punts.
As he dressed before going to his postgame news conference, Rodgers overheard several reporters talking to punter Tim Masthay and kicker Mason Crosby about the achievement.
"That nobody ever punted? Second time in NFL history?" Rodgers said.
According to ESPN Stats and Information, the only other game in NFL history without a punt was in 1992 between the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers.
"We had the game at Minnesota last year with no punts, it was different," Rodgers said at his news conference. "You're just able to score every possession, you put things together, convert third downs and those are fun. But you don't expect the other team not to punt either."
Said coach Mike McCarthy: "I like punt returns, and I don't have any problems when we don't punt, but to have two teams do it ... Second time in history, huh? Wow. Impressive."
The teams combined to score on nine of 15 possessions. The Packers had a blocked field goal. Chicago lost the ball twice on interceptions, and the game ended with the Bears in possession.
"Late in the fourth quarter, I realized it was definitely a possibility," Masthay said. "Mason and I were talking on the sideline, I knew I had never been a part of it. I knew there couldn't be too many. I didn't know there was only one other in NFL history, but I figured it was a rarity."
• Crosby's streak of 20 consecutive field goal makes ended in the fourth quarter when he had his 39-yard field goal blocked by Chicago defensive end Willie Young. It was Crosby's first blocked field goal since the 2010 season.
Earlier in the game, Crosby came through with a 53-yard field goal in the third quarter that extended the Packers' lead to a touchdown, 24-17.
"It's a little sour taste, but we won the game," Crosby said. "That's what really matters. I thought I hit a good ball. We'll watch the film and see what happened there in the middle. It's a bummer, but I'm glad we won the game."
• The Packers didn't have any injuries coming out of Sunday's game, a good sign given the quick turnaround for Thursday's game against Minnesota at Lambeau Field.
Defensive lineman Josh Boyd left with a knee injury in the first half, but returned.
Receiver Jarrett Boykin (groin) and inside linebacker Brad Jones (quad) were inactive after being questionable. Quarterback Scott Tolzien, linebacker Carl Bradford, cornerback Demetri Goodson and center Garth Gerhart also were inactive.
-Weston Hodkiewicz contributed