Aaron Rodgers' comeback adds another chapter to book of legend

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

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

"We know we are close", quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said after the Packers erased a 20-3 fourth-quarter deficit to stun the Bears 24-23 in Green Bay. "When I got the ovation, at that point, I said, 'We might as well win this thing'". But they're not touchdowns.

In the first half of his first outing in blue and orange, Mack recorded a strip sack, ran back a pick-six to push the Bears' lead and added another sack on top of all that. He'd soon toss for 12-yards to Davante Adams to get the game to 20-17 before pushing past the Bears with a 75-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb. This showed clear on the first couple of drives of the game. He also ran for 32 yards on seven carries, including a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

After the game, Rodgers said his knee was swollen. The newest and most risky Bears' defender, Khalil Mack, had a field day with him.

AR surely didn't start hot, but he finished like an assassin. "I realized I probably should jog to let Dr. McKenzie know I could do that". "We've seen it before".

This isn't to absolve the Bears' offense for not making plays as the Packers clawed back into this game. The Packers saw multiple players in the secondary step up to make plays to keep the game alive as long as they did.

The Bears came into this game planning to have Mack limit his workload after missing the entire preseason in a holdout with the Raiders.

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Like the rest of the Bears' pass rush, Mack wasn't much of a factor in the second half, when Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers - playing on an injured left knee - kept finding his targets and getting the football out quickly. He threw three touchdown passes on way to the 24-23 victory.

"We talked about finishing", Nagy said, "and we didn't do that...." "We all know that". "Cool game, but you got to finish". What a hell of a competitor. "I wanted to come back and make an impact".

Sitting out: Tight end Daniel Brown (shoulder) and safety DeAndre Houston-Carson (forearm/back) missed Sunday night's opener with injuries.

A gimpy Rodgers returned in the second half and finally figured out the Bears.

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.

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