By now, you’ve most likely seen Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers’ epic comeback against the Chicago Bears. And in just about every fashion too. But the narrative didn’t start off epic, as Rodgers’ was sandwiched between two defenders with one landing awkwardly on his knee.
Rodgers stayed down on the ground, and when he tried to get up, it was clear he couldn’t put much pressure on his left leg. The hearts of Packers faithful in both Lambeau Field and around the world began to fracture. After all, they experienced this last season when Rodgers broke his collarbone against the Minnesota Vikings.
The next scene was a familiar one to Packers fans as well. It wasn’t Brett Hundley, but instead former-winless Browns’ starter DeShone Kizer. Chicago’s new Monster of the Midway, Khalil Mack, made his presence known when he returned a pick-six. Thus, increasing Chicago’s lead to 20.
KHALIL MACK PICK-6! 🚨
📺: NBC pic.twitter.com/8xeUcitWie
— NFL (@NFL) September 10, 2018
The only thing that mattered for Packers fans was the health of No. 12. There are few quarterbacks across the league that can make their team a Super Bowl contender. The Tom Bradys, Drew Brees’, Ben Roethlisbergers. You know, the elite QBs that will their team to victory.
Then the Packers Twitter account would state that Rodgers was questionable to return with a leg injury. Questionable, eh? So, you’re saying there’s a chance? Turns out, that’s all Rodgers and Co. would need.
The second half saw the Packers slowing down Mack and his band of edge rushers with quick hits to Davante Adams and Randall Cobb. When Rodgers needed a big play, he went to his other wideout — Geronimo Allison — to spark the big-time comeback. Green Bay would go on to win, 24-23 in the end, after Mike Pettine’s crew forced a fumble from Bears’ QB Mitchell Trubisky to put an exclamation point on the night.
Improbable comebacks, insane throws; I’m not sure 31 other starting quarterbacks could play on one leg like that. If you watched Rodgers that night, you could see he wasn’t able to firmly plant both legs. Or, step into throws like he usually does.
Another factor that was taken away from his game was his mobility outside of the pocket. Or lack thereof, we should say. We’re used to seeing him escape the pocket to make a throw on the run or down the sideline. But when you take away critical aspects from a quarterback’s game, the comeback seems impossible.
Yet here we are days later, and the football world is still abuzz about his heroics. To score 17 points without an answer, plus the go-ahead touchdown to Cobb? It is the stuff legends are made of.
— NFL (@NFL) September 10, 2018
We’ve seen him make throws that we can only dream of pulling off in the backyard time and time again. But this goes down as a truly special game for someone who’s on a mission to win his second Super Bowl.
Now the Vikings come to town. And it’ll be hard to not see Rodgers suit up to exact his revenge on Anthony Barr. That said, the Packers need to protect their QB at all costs. That means protecting his knee from further damage. Per head coach Mike McCarthy, we know he’s dealing with a knee sprain.
Still, this is a game Packers fan won’t forget anytime soon.
— NFL (@NFL) September 12, 2018