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Rodgers Rescues Packers On One Leg

Green Bay, WI – The Chicago Bears had all the confidence in the world at halftime Sunday night. They dominated the stats, pressured the Packers, and Khalil Mack made an extraordinary impact in a short amount of time. A strip-sack, and pick-six had folks wondering what needed to happen in the second half.

Then Aaron Rodgers walked out and all questions were answered.

Leading a historic second half comeback, Rodgers danced in the pocket on one leg and fired a pass to Randall Cobb who turned it into a 75-yard game winner as the Green Bay Packers erased a 20-0 deficit and won 24-23 in front of a raucous opening night crowd at Lambeau Field.

“Aaron Rodgers was remarkable,” McCarthy said. “I just can’t tell you how proud I am of him. His performance speaks for itself.

“It’s one of the better wins we’ve had here at home.”

The Bears had taken a 10-0 lead, scoring on their first two possessions on Trubisky’s 2-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter and Parkey’s 26-yard field goal on the first play of the second period.

Trubisky completed 8 of 9 passes for 99 yards to five different receivers on the two scoring drives, including passes of 33 yards to Allen Robinson II and 31 yards to Taylor Gabriel.

After scoring a touchdown on its first possession, the Bears offense failed to get into the end zone again the rest of the night.

Rodgers left the game after he was sacked by Roy Robertson-Harris on third down in the second quarter. He got up but couldn’t put any weight on his leg, went down and was attended to before eventually walking off under his own power. He was then carted to the locker room.

“I’m really proud of our team,” Rodgers said. “After it was decided I was going to come back, I knew it might give us a little jolt. We just had to play a lot better football in the second half and we did.

“Being more of a statue back there, I had to deal the ball on time and make sure guys were getting open. The protection was really good and guys made plays.”

Right tackle Bryan Bulaga began quieting Mack’s impact on the game, and the Packers started moving the chains on short, quick throws with the receivers piling up yards after the catch, with one major exception.

“That’s a tough one for us,” Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy said. “It stings. I want our guys to feel that. I want our coaches to feel it. We talked about finishing and we didn’t do that. But I’ll say this: I’m really proud of our team, I’m proud of our guys. They did a lot of good things tonight. We’re going to learn from it. It’s a long season.”

Rodgers tossed scoring passes of 39 yards to Geronimo Allison with 13:59 remaining and 12 yards to Devante Adams with 9:01 left to make it 20-17.

After the Bears widened the margin to 23-17 on Parkey’s 32-yard field goal with 2:39 to play, Rodgers threw a short pass over the middle to Randall Cobb, who raced 75 yards for the winning touchdown with 2:13 remaining.
The Bears reached their own 46 on their final drive, but quarterback Mitchell Trubisky threw three straight incompletions before being sacked and losing a fumble on fourth-and-10 with 58 seconds to play.

Quotes and some information courtesy Packers.com and ChicagoBears.com

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