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Sacks, turnovers rule night

September 14, 2012

Green Bay Packers’ Tramon Williams intercepts a pass in front of Chicago Bears’ Brandon Marshall and Charles Woodson during the second half.
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The much-hyped matchup between Williams and the Bears’ newest offensive weapon, receiver Brandon Marshall, was a one-sided affair. Two years after Marshall caught 10 passes for 127 yards against the Packers as a member of the Miami Dolphins, he caught just two passes for 24 yards. About the only time Williams lost him was on a third-and-4 play from the Packers’ 27-yard line on the opening drive of the third quarter. Williams fell down at the 7-yard line, leaving Marshall open in the end zone. But he dropped Cutler’s pass, and no damage was done.

Otherwise, Williams was flawless. He made a momentum-changing interception with 1:07 remaining in the second quarter to set up a last-second field goal that gave the Packers a 13-0 halftime lead. He also intercepted Cutler when he tried to force a ball to Marshall against double coverage. Williams returned that interception 38 yards to set up a 26-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Donald Driver that put the game away.

For Williams, it was one of his best performances since 2010 — and perhaps ever. Except for last year’s Thanksgiving game at Detroit, when he shut down Calvin Johnson, Williams struggled last season perhaps because of the shoulder injury he sustained in the 2011 season opener.

On Thursday, he looked like the Williams of 2010, when he became one of the key players on the Super Bowl championship team.

“Just him being healthy is a big advantage for us,” said cornerback Sam Shields, who moved into a starting role in place of Jarrett Bush. More Via: greenbaypressgazette.com

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