Aaron Rodgers' comeback adds another chapter to book of legend


The hobbling two-time NFL MVP threw three touchdown passes in the second half after returning from injury, and the Green Bay Packers overcame a 20-point deficit for a thrilling 24-23 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday night.

When Cody Parkey's 33-yard field goal gave the Bears a 20-0 lead early in the third quarter of Sunday night's season opener, it looked like they would cruise to an easy victory over the rival Packers.

Rodgers left the field on the front seat of a cart in the second quarter with a knee injury.

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.

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Rodgers signed a contract extension during the last week of the Packers training camp after he missed seven games last season to injury. Jordan Howard had five receptions at five yards per reception.

"I had the opportunity and just got to make the play", Fuller said.

Rodgers signed a four-year, $134-million contract extension on August 29. We all know how effective Rodgers can be when he moves around, but it was happening too much.

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

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Mack accomplished all that in the second quarter alone.

Rodgers, normally one of the most mobile quarterbacks in the National Football League, was clearly keeping weight off his left leg. Sure enough, Rodgers took the field with the offense for their first series. The recently acquired outside linebacker generated takeaways on the two drives that Packers backup quarterback DeShone Kizer was in the game in place of Rodgers at the end of the first half.

Our own Shalise Manza Young touched on Khalil Mack's exceptional game, noting that his first-half performance may have resulted in something we've never seen before. Trubisky completed 23 passes, but amassed just 171 yards.

The Geronimo Allison drive - four catches including a 39-yarder for a touchdown - made it a game. They failed to put the stake in Rodgers and the Packers, and Rodgers showed why he is a vampire.

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The Packers plan to run more tests on their QB on Monday, though Rodgers seems to think his availability for next week's game against Minnesota is a foregone conclusion.