Rodgers' season appeared to be in peril when he suffered a left knee injury in the first half.
Aaron Rodgers is back and the Green Bay Packers are finally on the scoreboard against the Chicago Bears. But the look on Rodgers' face as he exited was not a positive one. Even superstars have nights like these.
"When I got the ovation, at that point, I said, 'We might as well win this thing, '" Rodgers recounted.
But Fuller became the latest to learn a lesson that so many have learned through Rodgers' career.
"I felt like once I got back out there, when the adrenaline was going, it loosened up a little bit", Rodgers said. "When I realized I probably should jog".
Don't expect any of that to change Gruden or Reggie McKenzie's way of thinking.
It's unclear whether the "Is Aaron Rodgers playing quarterback" calculation was working Sunday night. We know they were watching. And now that the Bears have given Mack a six-year, $141 million extension, he'll be seeing a lot of the Packers over the coming years - twice a year, in fact, with the job of hunting down Aaron Rodgers. He has thrown an interception returned for a 27-yard touchdown by Bears linebacker Khalil Mack.
He started quietly, getting 42 yards on his first drive back to set up Mason Crosby's 42-yard field goal to get the Packers on the board.
"I prepared all offseason for the first game of the season and I wanted to. make an impact", Mack said. But his first option, Davante Adams, was taken away on the play. That made it 20-10 - still work to be done. After two incompletions, Rodgers threw a short pass to Cobb, who did the rest.
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Miami led 7-3 when the game was suspended for almost two hours late in the first half. The Packers in the process of a 17-3 run after digging a 20-point deficit. And they were right where Rodgers wanted them. "We knew they were going to do some insane stuff to keep it simple; tackle over, lineman out at wide receiver spots, three guys in the backfield", Green Bay linebacker Blake Martinez said post-game.
But it nearly ended in a shocking collapse.
Rodgers carved up the defense with quick, precision passes.
The Bears' offense was far from ideal, but it was certainly an upgrade.
"Thank God he dropped it", Rodgers said. "Thankfully, it happened the other way this time". Toomer, a fifth-year player, was signed by the Packers was last week after being cut by the San Francisco 49ers.
This one is going to sting terribly for the next eight days until they take the field again next Monday night against Seattle.
Rodgers' post-injury final totals were a stunning 17-of-23 for 273 yards and three touchdowns, including one emphatic chuck out of bounds to run out the final seconds.
A comeback for the ages. Allison said he assumed it would be Kizer until he heard the crowd roar.