Working a miracle: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers not only returns from injury, but leads Packers to record comeback vs. Chicago Bears
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Slowed by a sore knee, Aaron Rodgers picked up the pace behind center.
Remarkably, the two-time NFL MVP was more effective against the Chicago Bears after returning from what initially looked like a serious injury.
The hobbling quarterback threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter after returning from injury, and the Green Bay Packers overcame a 20-point deficit for a thrilling 24-23 win over the Bears on Sunday night.
It marked the first time in franchise history that the team won after trailing by 17-plus points entering the fourth quarter, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Rodgers connected with receiver Randall Cobb for a catch-and-run through the secondary for a 75-yard touchdown and the go-ahead score with 2:13 left in the game.
“You’ve seen it time and time again. That guy’s a warrior,” Cobb said.
Rodgers was hurt in the second quarter after slipping to the turf while under pressure from linebacker Khalil Mack and defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris. The lineman landed on Rodgers, who grabbed the back of his left leg. He had ACL surgery on his left knee in college.
Rodgers was carted back to the locker room. Doctors determined he did not suffer a major injury and cleared him to return in the second half.
The Packers had to make a slight adjustment with their normally mobile quarterback limited to the pocket.
“Got to get the ball out. Can’t be moving around a whole lot back there,” Rodgers said. “And we did a good job mixing things up in the second half with some of our quicker-hitter stuff and actually some of our more vertical stuff, too.”
Rodgers also had touchdown passes to Geronimo Allison (39 yards) and Davante Adams (12 yards) in completing the rally from a 20-0 deficit with 9:14 to go in the third quarter.
Rodgers finished 20 of 30 for 286 yards, including 17 of 23 for 273 yards in the second half.