In one of the greatest performances of his career, Rodgers returned from a scary first-half knee injury to lead the Packers to the largest fourth-quarter comeback in their history as the Pack stunned the Bears, 24-23, on Sunday Night Football.
A 12-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams with 9:01 left in the game has the Packers within 20-17 of the Bears.
As if the Packers' home opener weren't off to a rough enough start before Rodgers' injury, the offense was booed off the field just two minutes into the second quarter after a third straight punt.
The Packers' defense, in new coordinator Mike Pettine's first game, held the Bears to two field goals in the second half.
I originally wrote this lead to read it was impossible to tell which side of the ball for the Bears was more impressive Sunday night at Green Bay: the offense or defense. QB Mitch Trubisky's five completions on the drive went to four different players, FB Michael Burton, RBs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen, and rookie WR Anthony Miller. "I just felt something in it".
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Instead, the quarterback said his focus would be on the the Patriot's opponent in the season opener - the Houston Texans . Watt, but I'm going to take New England winning at home. "I still feel like there's things to accomplish".
Aaron Rodgers has struggled with injuries in the past, going down in Week 6 last season with a shoulder injury that required surgery. We just weren't finishing in the red zone and finishing in critical times.
"I felt like once I got back out there, when the adrenaline was going, it loosened up a little bit", Rodgers said.
After some time in the tent, Rodgers emerged to be carted to the locker room. One Mason Crosby extra point later, and the Packers had their first lead of the game. Mack wasn't the only Bears defender to enjoy an exemplary half, but he was the Chicago player whose star shone the brightest. On the next drive, the quarterback churned up 60 yards in nine plays as Cody Parkey finished the drive with a field goal to make it 10-0.
Khalil Mack will be in Green Bay on Opening Night, but his stay there won't be as long as many Packers fans had hoped. Even though this game goes in the loss column for Chicago, this offense showed a ton of potential for the rest of the season. Remember when the narrative on Rodgers was that he could put up wonderful stats and win games, but he couldn't lead comebacks?
"I ain't seen nothing like that", said veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis, who signed with the Packers in the offseason.