Aaron Rodgers returns to lead Pack to win against Bears

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

Looking like he was done for the year with a left leg injury, Rodgers miraculously came back on the field and rallied his team to a thrilling 24-23 win over their chief rivals, the Chicago Bears.

Chicago capitalized on some early opportunities against the Packers' defense, but the unpredictability began to wear on Trubisky, who threw for only 61 yards in the second half against a defense that consistently cycled Josh Jackson, Jaire Alexander and Jermaine Whitehead in the slot cornerback positions. They reached the playoffs for eight straight seasons before going 7-9 last season, when Rodgers missed nine games because of a broken collarbone. With the Packers trailing the Chicago Bears by six points and on a third-and-10 situation late in Sunday Night Football's game at Lambeau Field, Rodgers chose to pull off another miracle, by finding wide receiver Randall Cobb for a huge 75-yard touchdown that tied the score at 23-23. Sure enough, Rodgers took the field with the offense for their first series. Then came the pick-six late in the second quarter, with him evading tacklers and finding the end zone.

"No, I'm planning on playing", Rodgers said. "Once we got into the second half, I got a little more comfortable with the technique I was trying to use on him and kind of settled into the ballgame a little bit more, and was able to execute the plan that I had in my head going forward".

Bears QB Mitch Trubisky talks with Packers QB Aaron Rodgers after the loss.

"I just felt something in it", Rodgers said. They entered the season on a 17 game losing streak.

Packers: Aaron Rodgers and his trio of receivers caught fire in the second half, while breakdowns in coverage and big plays led to a Bears loss.

"You figure that into Green Bay's game", Hicks said.

The Bears offense ground to a self-inflicted halt. However, both teams missed potential game-winning field goals before the clock ran out, leaving the Steelers and Browns knotted at 21 for the first tie of the National Football League season. He also caught five passes on five targets for 25 yards.

Meanwhile, Rodgers had only one first-quarter completion, which tied for his fewest in the opening frame since 2014 in Week 17 where he had zero against the Lions. He went 23-for-35 for 171 yards.

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