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But Grant carried the Packers' offense on their next possession, carrying six times on a seven-play drive. Facing second-and-2 at the Chicago 22, Grant broke free for 18 yards off the left end of the line, then plunged in for a 4-yard touchdown on the next play to put the Packers ahead 14-3 in the second quarter.
Grant had 105 yards rushing at halftime.
Grant, a breakout star during the Packers' run to the playoffs last season, sat out part of training camp in a contract dispute and was hampered by a hamstring injury early in the season. Sunday's game was only Grant's second 100-yard rushing performance this season.
It also was a strong showing by the Packers' defense, which had struggled to stop the run all season and suddenly had to account for the absence of middle linebacker Nick Barnett, out for the season with a knee injury. A.J. Hawk moved to the inside, with Brandon Chillar filling Hawk's spot on the weak side.
Bears rookie running back Matt Forte rushed for 64 yards and added 40 yards receiving.
Packers kicker Mason Crosby, who missed a potential winning field goal at Minnesota last week, tied his career long with a 53-yarder just before halftime.
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