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Rodgers returns from injury, Packers beat Bears 24-23

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Aaron Rodgers heard the applause after walking out of the stadium tunnel and back on to the field.

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, it seemed, had avoided a major injury.

He was good to go. The adrenaline kicked in.

''When I got the ovation, at that point, I said, `We might as well win this thing,''' Rodgers recounted.

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.

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.

''Aaron Rodgers was remarkable. I just can't tell you how proud I am with him,'' coach Mike McCarthy said.

Nick Perry sacked the Bears' Mitchell Trubisky on fourth-and-10 with 58 seconds to complete the comeback.

Against the archrival Bears. To start the Packers' 100th season.

Sunday marked the first time in franchise history that the Packers won after trailing by 17-plus points entering the fourth quarter, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The Packers posted the second-largest comeback in franchise history at Lambeau Field, behind only a rally from 21 points down to beat New Orleans on Sept. 17, 1989.

For Rodgers, this was special.

''This will definitely go down as one my favorite memories, especially in this rivalry,'' Rodgers said.

And especially because how awful the Packers played in the first half.

A Chicago defense featuring newly acquired star linebacker Khalil Mack dominated until the third quarter. Mack had a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown against backup quarterback DeShone Kizer in the second quarter.

A gimpy Rodgers returned in the second half and finally figured out the Bears. He also found Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison for touchdown passes.

He finished 20 of 30 for 286 yards, including 17 of 23 for 273 yards in the second half.

''Obviously, that's a tough one for us. It stings,'' coach Matt Nagy said after his Bears debut.

It was Rodgers' first regular-season home game since Sept. 28 against the Bears. He was limited to seven games in 2017 because of a collarbone injury.

Mack nearly stole the show. He also stripped the ball for a turnover in the red zone off Kizer in the second quarter. Mack made an immediate impact in his first game since the Bears acquired the premier pass rusher in a blockbuster deal with the Oakland Raiders.

The Bears led 20-0 at one point and their defense dominated until the second half.

Then Rodgers returned, and the Packers' defense held the Bears in check.

''I prepared all offseason for the first game of the season and I wanted to ... make an impact,'' Mack said. ''But you want to win these games. That's the only thing on my mind. I hate losing.''

RODGERS INJURY

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.

The quarterback initially tried to get up, then went back down, and was attended to by trainers. He appeared to reach down for the back of his left leg. Rodgers then walked to the cart that took him up the Lambeau Field tunnel.

Rodgers had ACL surgery on his left knee while in college.

McCarthy said he was prepared to go with Kizer to start the second half until getting the word from the team doctor in the tunnel.

''His performance speaks for itself,'' McCarthy said.

With limited mobility, Rodgers operated a no-huddle offense in the second half that kept him in the pocket.

His right arm was just fine.

''It was going to have to take something really catastrophic injury-wise to keep me off the field in the second half,'' Rodgers said.

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.

''No, I'm planning on playing,'' Rodgers said.

FAST START

An offensive-minded coach, Nagy had the aggressive Bears' offense pushing the Packers around the field in the first half.

Mitchell Trubisky was 23 of 35 for 171 yards. He also ran for 32 yards on seven carries, including a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

It turned out to be the only offensive touchdown the Bears would score all night.

The Packers' defense, in new coordinator Mike Pettine's first game, held the Bears to two field goals in the second half.

''You know we talked about finishing and we didn't do that,'' Nagy said.

ANTHEM

There were no apparent signs of protest during the national anthem, when Bears players and coaches locked arms on the sideline.

UP NEXT

Bears: Host the Seattle Seahawks next Monday.

Packers: Host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

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Key Players
M. Trubisky 10 QB
171 PaYds, 32 RuYds, RuTD
13
FPTS
A. Rodgers 12 QB
286 PaYds, 3 PaTDs, 15 RuYds
30
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:13
M.Crosby extra point is GOOD Center-H.Bradley Holder-J.Scott.
plays
yds
pos
23
24
Touchdown 2:29
A.Rodgers pass short middle to R.Cobb for 75 yards TOUCHDOWN.
3
plays
75
yds
00:26
pos
23
23
Field Goal 2:47
C.Parkey 32 yard field goal is GOOD Center-P.Scales Holder-P.O'Donnell.
14
plays
61
yds
6:22
pos
23
17
Point After TD 9:01
M.Crosby extra point is GOOD Center-H.Bradley Holder-J.Scott.
plays
yds
pos
20
17
Touchdown 9:10
A.Rodgers pass short left to D.Adams for 12 yards TOUCHDOWN [R.Robertson-Harris].
5
plays
75
yds
2:51
pos
20
16
Point After TD 13:59
M.Crosby extra point is GOOD Center-H.Bradley Holder-J.Scott.
plays
yds
pos
20
10
Touchdown 14:06
A.Rodgers pass deep right to G.Allison for 39 yards TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
81
yds
2:55
pos
20
9
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:46
M.Crosby 42 yard field goal is GOOD Center-H.Bradley Holder-J.Scott.
12
plays
46
yds
5:37
pos
20
3
Field Goal 9:26
C.Parkey 33 yard field goal is GOOD Center-P.Scales Holder-P.O'Donnell.
12
plays
60
yds
5:46
pos
20
0
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:39
C.Parkey extra point is GOOD Center-P.Scales Holder-P.O'Donnell
plays
yds
pos
17
0
Touchdown 0:50
D.Kizer pass short middle intended for T.Montgomery INTERCEPTED by K.Mack [R.Robertson-Harris] at GB 27. K.Mack for 27 yards TOUCHDOWN.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
16
0
Field Goal 15:00
C.Parkey 26 yard field goal is GOOD Center-P.Scales Holder-P.O'Donnell.
9
plays
60
yds
4:17
pos
10
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:11
C.Parkey extra point is GOOD Center-P.Scales Holder-P.O'Donnell.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 7:16
M.Trubisky left tackle for 2 yards TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
86
yds
6:02
pos
6
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 33:22 26:38
1st Downs 18 16
Rushing 7 2
Passing 8 14
Penalty 3 0
3rd Down Conv 7-17 5-13
4th Down Conv 0-2 0-1
Total Net Yards 294 370
Total Plays 66 59
Avg Gain 4.5 6.3
Net Yards Rushing 139 69
Rush Attempts 27 18
Avg Rush Yards 5.1 3.8
Net Yards Passing 155 301
Comp. - Att. 23-35 24-37
Yards Per Pass 4.4 8.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-16 4-40
Penalties - Yards 5-35 8-72
Touchdowns 1 3
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 0 3
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 2-1 2-1
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 4-46.0 4-36.8
Return Yards 63 85
Punts - Returns 2-45 1-17
Kickoffs - Returns 1-18 3-68
Int. - Returns 1-0 0-0
Kicking 6/6 4/4
Extra Points 3/3 3/3
Field Goals 3/3 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 1-4 -25% 1-2 -50%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-2 -50% 0-1 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Bears 0-1 7103323
Packers 1-0 0032124
155 PASS YDS 301
139 RUSH YDS 69
294 TOTAL YDS 370
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Trubisky 10 QB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.7% 171 0 0 77.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.7% 342 0 0 77.2
M. Trubisky 23/35 171 0 0 13
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Howard 24 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 82 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 164 0
J. Howard 15 82 0 16 10
M. Trubisky 10 QB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 32 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 64 2
M. Trubisky 7 32 1 9 13
T. Cohen 29 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 25 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 50 0
T. Cohen 5 25 0 11 3
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Robinson 12 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 61 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 122 0
A. Robinson 7 4 61 0 33 6
J. Howard 24 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 5 25 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 50 0
J. Howard 5 5 25 0 7 10
T. Gabriel 18 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 5 25 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 50 0
T. Gabriel 5 5 25 0 31 2
T. Cohen 29 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 32 0
T. Cohen 4 3 16 0 9 3
T. Burton 80 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 1 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 30 0
T. Burton 6 1 15 0 15 1
A. Miller 17 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 28 0
A. Miller 3 2 14 0 11 1
D. Sims 88 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 18 0
D. Sims 3 2 9 0 9 0
M. Burton 46 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 12 0
M. Burton 1 1 6 0 6 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
B. Callahan 37 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-0 0 0.0
B. Callahan 8-0 0.0 0 0
D. Trevathan 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-4 0 0.0
D. Trevathan 5-2 0.0 0 0
A. Amos 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-0 0 0.0
A. Amos 5-0 0.0 0 0
N. Kwiatkoski 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
N. Kwiatkoski 4-0 0.0 0 0
P. Amukamara 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
P. Amukamara 4-1 0.0 0 0
E. Goldman 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
E. Goldman 3-0 0.0 0 0
A. Hicks 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 2.0
A. Hicks 3-0 1.0 0 1
K. Mack 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 2 2.0
K. Mack 2-1 1.0 1 1
K. Fuller 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
K. Fuller 2-0 0.0 0 0
E. Jackson 39 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
E. Jackson 2-0 0.0 0 0
R. Robertson-Harris 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
R. Robertson-Harris 1-0 1.0 0 0
L. Floyd 94 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
L. Floyd 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Bullard 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Bullard 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Smith 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 2.0
R. Smith 1-2 1.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Parkey 1 K
11
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
6/6 4/4
C. Parkey 3/3 33 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
P. O'Donnell 16 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 50.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
8 50.3 2
P. O'Donnell 4 50.3 1 63
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Cunningham 30 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 18.0 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 18.0 18 0
B. Cunningham 1 18.0 18 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Cohen 29 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 22.5 42 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 22.5 42 0
T. Cohen 2 22.5 42 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
A. Rodgers 12 QB
30
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 286 3 0 130.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 572 6 0 130.7
A. Rodgers 20/30 286 3 0 30
D. Kizer 9 QB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 55 0 1 42.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 110 0 2 42.9
D. Kizer 4/7 55 0 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Williams 30 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 47 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 94 0
J. Williams 15 47 0 11 4
A. Rodgers 12 QB
30
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 30 0
A. Rodgers 1 15 0 15 30
T. Montgomery 88 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 14 0
T. Montgomery 2 7 0 6 2
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
R. Cobb 18 WR
20
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 9 142 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 18 284 2
R. Cobb 10 9 142 1 75 20
D. Adams 17 WR
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 5 88 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 176 2
D. Adams 8 5 88 1 51 14
G. Allison 81 WR
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 5 69 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 138 2
G. Allison 8 5 69 1 39 12
T. Montgomery 88 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 42 0
T. Montgomery 3 2 21 0 13 2
L. Kendricks 84 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 26 0
L. Kendricks 1 1 13 0 13 1
J. Graham 80 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 16 0
J. Graham 4 2 8 0 7 0
J. Williams 30 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
J. Williams 2 0 0 0 0 4
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
K. Brice 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-2 0 2.0
K. Brice 8-1 1.0 0 0
H. Clinton-Dix 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-0 0 0.0
H. Clinton-Dix 7-0 0.0 0 0
B. Martinez 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-0 0 0.0
B. Martinez 6-0 0.0 0 0
T. Williams 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 0.0
T. Williams 5-1 0.0 0 0
N. Perry 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 2.0
N. Perry 4-1 1.0 0 1
J. Alexander 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
J. Alexander 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Jackson 37 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
J. Jackson 3-0 0.0 0 0
M. Daniels 76 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 2.0
M. Daniels 3-0 1.0 0 0
R. Gilbert 93 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
R. Gilbert 2-0 0.0 0 0
M. Wilkerson 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
M. Wilkerson 2-2 0.0 0 0
A. Morrison 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
A. Morrison 2-1 0.0 0 0
K. King 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
K. King 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Whitehead 35 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Whitehead 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Lowry 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Lowry 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Clark 97 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
K. Clark 1-1 0.0 0 0
M. Adams 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Adams 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Matthews 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Matthews 1-0 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Crosby 2 K
6
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
2/2 6/6
M. Crosby 1/1 42 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Scott 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 48.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
8 48.0 2
J. Scott 4 48.0 1 58
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Montgomery 88 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 23.5 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 23.5 25 0
T. Montgomery 2 23.5 25 0
M. Valdes-Scantling 83 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 21.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 21.0 21 0
M. Valdes-Scantling 1 21.0 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Cobb 18 WR
20
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 17.0 17 0
R. Cobb 1 17.0 17 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:22 CHI 14 6:02 10 86 TD
4:25 CHI 32 4:17 9 60 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:56 CHI 15 2:35 3 4 Punt
9:05 GB 43 2:03 4 -3 Downs
3:07 CHI 21 1:12 3 5 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CHI 25 5:46 12 60 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:59 CHI 25 2:07 3 9 Punt
9:01 CHI 25 6:22 14 61 FG
2:13 CHI 18 1:15 8 21 Fumble
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 GB 25 1:47 5 12 Punt
7:11 GB 25 2:58 3 2 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:56 GB 25 2:08 3 9 Punt
10:25 GB 35 1:26 3 -8 Punt
6:49 GB 46 3:44 7 33 Fumble
1:56 GB 25 1:09 6 5 INT
0:39 GB 26 0:39 1 8 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:14 GB 31 5:37 12 46 FG
9:14 GB 31 1:43 3 8 Punt
2:02 GB 19 2:55 8 81 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:00 GB 25 2:51 5 75 TD
2:39 GB 25 0:26 3 75 TD
1:06 CHI 39 0:58 4 -3 Downs