Aaron Rodgers went down with an apparent injury to his knee in the second quarter of the Packers' Sunday night game against the Chicago Bears. They thought they would still be Mack's teammates this season, but he was traded to the Bears on September 1 and there he was on national TV blasting through everybody the Packers put in front of him in an incredible first-half display of personal defensive destruction.
The Chicago Bears suffered one of the most gut-wrenching losses in recent franchise history in Week 1's Sunday night game against the Green Bay Packers. He ran 64 yards after the catch for a 75-yard go-ahead touchdown with 2:13 left. "I just can't tell you how proud I am of him".
Rodgers signed a four-year, $134-million contract extension on August 29.
With the heart-breaking defeat, the Bears have now lost 15 of their last 17 games to the Packers dating back to 2010 and have dropped 10 straight contests to NFC North opponents.
Rodgers was playing behind his starting offensive line Sunday night, and it was the first time all throughout training camp that all five starters had lined up alongside each other. We just have to go back to work and figure it out.
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Cobb was certainly deserving of some best "Best Supporting Actor" consideration for his role in Green Bay's reversal of fortune. An offensive-minded coach, Nagy had the aggressive Bears' offense pushing the Packers around the field in the first half.
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Lightning forced a halt again midway through the third quarter, and the second stoppage lasted just over two hours. Sure, there are more tests to be run, and Rodgers' left knee - which really started stiffening in the fourth quarter, he said - had swollen quite a bit after the game.
But the offense couldn't maintain the early momentum and couldn't finish in the end zone on drives that ended with short field goals of 26, 33 and 32 yards.
Our own Shalise Manza Young touched on Khalil Mack's exceptional game, noting that his first-half performance may have resulted in something we've never seen before. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy admitted he walked out of the tunnel after halftime believing it would be Kizer, not Rodgers, who would be quarterbacking his team in a second half.
The Geronimo Allison drive - four catches including a 39-yarder for a touchdown - made it a game. "We knew what they were going to do and knew it was going to be some hard hitting in the gaps, but we're always ready for the challenge".
The biggest issue was that they were not being conservative in the running game, but yet the passing game. He led them on a 12-play, 46-yard series that ended with a 42-yeard field goal by Mason Crosby to make it 20-3 with 3:37 left in the third.
That gave the Packers a chance to rally, and Rodgers took advantage of the opportunity.