Aaron Rodgers' comeback adds another chapter to book of legend

Aaron Rodgers carted off with injury just two quarters into Packers' season opener

After leaving in the first half with an injury, Aaron Rodgers returned in the second half to throw three touchdowns and help the Packers rally from a 20-0 deficit to beat the Bears 24-23 on Sunday night.

At that moment, 9:09 p.m. local time, 54 minutes after Rodgers had trouble putting weight on his left leg, he ran back onto the field and the comeback began.

"It was going to have to take something really catastrophic injury-wise to keep me off the field in the second half", Rodgers said.

The game's biggest play came when when Rodgers hit Randall Cobb for a 75-yard touchdown on third-and-10 with 2:13 left - two plays after Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller dropped an interception that would've sealed the win. The first touchdown from Rodgers was an absolutely insane 37-yard dime to the back corner of the end zone (from the far hash) to find Geronimo Allison that indicated he was at least somewhat more comfortable driving on that left knee to put some juice on the ball. Rodgers finished 20-fo-30 for 286 yards and three touchdown passes, all in the fourth quarter.

"I prepared all offseason for the first game of the season and I wanted to ... make an impact", Mack said. Head coach Matt Nagy's offense was a step ahead of Green Bay defensive coordinator Mike Pettine's unit during the first half, because Nagy employed several different formations and personnel groupings to put stress on the defense. If Green Bay had scored a touchdown, they would've won either way. Khalil Mack was on fire, the offense was moving at will and went into the half with a 17-0 lead.

The celebration had cleared from Lambeau Field and out to the parking lot when the Bears walked slowly from the locker room and carried the silence to their bus before a trip back home. Jordan Howard had five receptions at five yards per reception. "But we're coming together as a team, which is nice to see".

He moved in and out of the pocket and escaped the wrath of the Packers' defense to extend drives in the first half.

"It was great knowing we got a W on the way as long as we took care of business", Perry said. Mack's highlight of the night came when he intercepted Packers backup quarterback DeShone Kizer's pass in the second quarter and turned it into a touchdown. "We had to get adjusted and I think that first couple drives we were trying to do too much".

Ideally, this defense will have proved by then its disastrous second half in Green Bay had more to do with one of the best quarterbacks of all time, and less to do with their own shortcomings.



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