After rousing start for Mack, familiar end for Bears vs. GB

After rousing start for Mack, familiar end for Bears vs. GB

Aaron Rodgers put together a performance on one leg many quarterbacks couldn't do with two.

With AP Photos.Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has returned for the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter after being taken off the field on a cart because of a knee injury.

Sunday marked the first time in franchise history that the Packers won after trailing by 17-plus points entering the fourth quarter, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Stepping up: Jamaal Williams led the Packers with 47 rushing yards against Chicago, but perhaps made his biggest play of the night on Rodgers' 51-yard pass to Davante Adams in the third quarter.

Khalil Mack got off to a rousing start with the Chicago Bears.

After the game, NBC's Michele Tafoya asked Rodgers how confident he was that he'd be ready to go against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2. He was initially evaluated in the medical tent before being taken back to the locker room on a cart. This time around, he went down grabbing his knee, stood up, went down again before limping off the field.

The Packers' Geronimo Allison catches a touchdown pass in front of the Bears' Kyle Fuller during the second half Sunday in Green Bay, Wis.

Then Rodgers returned, and the Packers' defense held the Bears in check.

"Making big-time plays", Nagy said.

"I felt like once I got back out there, when the adrenaline was going, it loosened up a little bit", Rodgers said.

But what Trubisky did prove Sunday night is that he's getting better. He along with Mack landed awkwardly on Rodgers' left knee, which knocked him out for the rest of the first half.

Late last month, Rodgers signed a record four-year, $134 million contract extension. But as he showed against the Packers, it was well worth it.

So the question is why were the Packers unable to move the ball with such ease before they started to play that way?

It was night and day between the first- and second-half offenses of both teams.

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 to play.

It sounds as if the Packers were not willing to fork over two first-round picks, even one that fell in 2020. Trubisky completed 23 passes, but amassed just 171 yards. Jordan Howard averaged over five yards per carry, but saw 15 hand offs in the game.

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