Rodgers returns after scary injury, leads Packers to victory

Brenda Watkins
September 10, 2018

Aaron Rodgers was magnificent after returning from a knee injury in the second half of the season opener, but he couldn't have completed the 20-point comeback without some Herculean efforts from his receivers. Was it the lack of the entire team's preparation in the exhibition slate that allowed the Packers to dominate the second half, storming back from a 20-0 deficit to lead 24-23 with three minutes to play?

The team doctor had checked out his left knee after the Green Bay Packers quarterback was carted off the field in the second quarter. Rodgers didn't look right in the second half, moving very gingerly, not really planting on that leg on every throw, and just generally not being his normal, super mobile self.

Fuller has intermixed brilliant play (first quarter of his rookie season and virtually all of last year) with a disastrous sophomore season and injury-marred lost 2016. Green Bay's offensive line adjusted in the second half and did a better job shutting Mack down. Up 20-17, Nagy called for a passing play on third down and a field goal on fourth.

The Geronimo Allison drive - four catches including a 39-yarder for a touchdown - made it a game. Here are five of the craziest numbers from the Packers' wild comeback over the Bears. We all know how effective Rodgers can be when he moves around, but it was happening too much.

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Rodgers said he would undergo additional tests on Monday, but "as long as there are no major issues, I'll keep playing". 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.

The Bears hit the headlines when they acquired Mack in a trade with the Raiders this month as they gave up two first-round draft picks to secure his services.

Then Rodgers returned, and the Packers' defense held the Bears in check. On the following drive, Mack got on the board for the first time as a Bear as he intercepted Kizer, who was under heavy pressure from Robertson-Harris, and returned it 27 yards for the touchdown to make it 17-0.

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