Packers stun Bears thanks to unforgettable Rodgers performance

Danny Woods
September 10, 2018

It's unclear whether the "Is Aaron Rodgers playing quarterback" calculation was working Sunday night.

Aaron Rodgers made a return for the ages in the second half to lead the Green Bay Packers back from a 20-point deficit for a 24-23 season-opening victory over the Chicago Bears.

Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky had a shot to answer with a winning drive, but Packers outside linebacker Nick Perry sacked Trubisky on fourth down to end the Bears' chance.

Nineteen catches, 299 yards and three touchdowns.

Akiem Hicks appeared to be taking on the Packers all by himself early as Packers guard Justin McCray was helpless in his efforts to stop him while the Packer were using any help they might have otherwise given McCray to try and stop the newest member of that Bears defense, Khalil Mack.

It was Rodgers' first regular-season game back at Lambeau Field since last September 28 against the Bears.

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

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When the Packers began their first possession of the second half with 9:10 left in the third quarter, down 20-0 after the Bears opened the third quarter with a field goal, Rodgers was back on the field.

Rodgers then walked to the cart that took him up the Lambeau Field tunnel. Green Bay's offensive line adjusted in the second half and did a better job shutting Mack down.

"I ain't seen nothing like that", said veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis, who signed with the Packers in the offseason.

"When I got the ovation, at that point, I said, 'We might as well win this thing,"' Rodgers recounted.

It was a nightmare scenario for the Green Bay Packers, as their 2017 campaign was derailed after Rodgers went down with a shoulder injury in Week 6 of last season. Even before Aaron Rodgers exited the game briefly with a leg injury, the Green Bay offense was struggling to move the ball with any sort of effectiveness.

Miami led 7-3 when the game was suspended for almost two hours late in the first half. Rodgers also missed seven games in 2013 after suffering a broken collarbone. Right tackle Brian Bulaga, Mack's regular matchup, said there were several plays of the first half that he wants back. Undoubtedly, they are busy preparing for their game against the Rams on Monday night.

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