Lambeau Field was hush. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers laid flat on his back. Rodgers appeared to injure his knee and was carted back to the locker room. Expectations were high for this Packers team. Rodgers returned from a broken collarbone he suffered week four last year. Just like that, all those expectations seemed to go up in smoke against the rival Chicago Bears.
With Rodgers in the locker room, the game went as most did last year without number twelve. The offense couldn’t move the ball, and when it did, mistakes were made. DeShone Kizer had the ball taken away from him by the newly acquired Khalil Mack deep in Bears territory. Right before halftime, Mack intercepted a designed screen pass for a touchdown giving the Bears a 17-0 lead.
Things looked grim for the green and gold. That was until Rodgers jogged out of the locker room to begin the second half. Rodgers took the field down 20-0, looking to match the largest comeback of his career, the 2015 Hail Mary game against the Detroit Lions. At first, one could wonder why Rodgers was even out there. The Packers were down twenty, and Rodgers could barely move. It would take an out of this world performance from Aaron Rodgers.
However, it is Rodgers we are talking about. Now down 20-3 early in the fourth quarter, the Packers went to an up-tempo offense, and Rodgers went to work. First, he hit Geronimo Allison with a perfect pass for 39 yard touchdown. After a stop by the Packers defense, Rodgers and Davante Adams started to connect. Adams broke loose for a 51 yard catch and run. A few plays later, Adams took a quick pass, put a defender on skates, and made his way in for a 12 yard touchdown, making it 20-17.
The Packers defense allowed the Bears to drive down the field. It looked as if Rodgers wouldn’t get a chance for some more magic. But the defense held the Bears to a field goal, giving Rodgers and company two and a half minutes to win the game. They only needed three plays. The first down play went right through Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller’s hands. Second down was a miscommunication with Allison. On third down, the line bought Rodgers enough time to throw a bullet to Randall Cobb. Cobb turned up field and put on the jets, beating all the Bears for a 75 yard touchdown. Mason Crosby made the extra point, the Packers defense forced a Mitchell Trubisky fumble, and somehow, the Packers rallied to win 24-23.
Even on one leg, Aaron Rodgers showed why he is considered an all-time great. Rodgers easily could have taken the second half off, as the Bears pass rush was in his face the entire first half. His second half play is why one cannot count the Packers out as long as he is the quarterback. To put the cherry on top, this victory now gives the Packers a three game lead in the all-time series against the Bears, and a one point lead in their head-to-head meetings.
Rodgers will get looked at more in the upcoming days. Until the severity of his injury is known, we can all just marvel over what happened on Sunday night. The legend of Aaron Rodgers continues to grow.