Aaron Rodgers returns to lead Pack to win against Bears

Danny Woods
September 10, 2018

Later in the quarter, he returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown.

Like the rest of the Bears' pass rush, Mack wasn't much of a factor in the second half, when Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers - playing on an injured left knee - kept finding his targets and getting the football out quickly.

A field goal drive offered a modest start to the second half, and Rodgers only got better from there.

The Bears all but shut down new tight end Jimmy Graham, who caught two of four targets for only eight yards. He also found Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison for touchdown passes.

However, Rodgers' knee turned out to not be a severe injury, and after the Bears orchestrated a field goal drive to go up 20-0 to open the second half, out trotted Rodgers to lead the Packers offense.

He made short catches underneath all night, and when an opportunity for a big play presented itself late, he seized it, splitting the Bears defense for the game-winning score.

"It's the Bear-Packer rivalry", Rodgers told NBC in an on-field postgame interview.

Allison completed a terrific reception on Rodgers' first touchdown pass, hauling in the flawless throw in the corner of the end zone with Kyle Fuller trailing in coverage.

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"I felt like once I got back out there, when the adrenaline was going, it loosened up a little bit", Rodgers said. The Packers in the process of a 17-3 run after digging a 20-point deficit. And when Kyle Fuller had a chance to ice the game with an errant Rodgers throw right into his midsection, he dropped the ball. He was limited to seven games in 2017 because of a collarbone injury.

While the Bears' offense remains a work in progress, a defense buoyed by a hysterically-good first half from Mack looked good enough to earn Matt Nagy a comfortable win in his head coaching debut.

"I think I was just coming on the back side, and, I mean, I'm really kind of beating myself up over that", Matthews said.

"All I got to say is I got to catch it".

"You know we talked about finishing and we didn't do that", Nagy said.

Mitchell Trubisky was 23 of 35 for 171 yards. And then Randall ran about 80 yards for a touchdown.

Packers: Host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

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