2018, Week 1: Packers 24, Bears 23
I said something nasty about Aaron Rodgers last night. I said he wasn’t as tough as Brett Favre.
An hour and a half later, Rodgers had pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in Packers history, beaten the Bears once again, and thrown three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. The score was 20-0. Rodgers was not just hurt, he had been beaten around by the Bears defense. The experts put the Packers’ chances at winning at 3% and said that Rodgers should stay on the sideline since there was no chance at a comeback.
Then everything changed. After a field goal to make it 20-3, Rodgers had the greatest quarter of his career. Three touchdown passes, two of them from long distance, and a comeback for the ages. The first came to Geronimo Allison on a go route, a long bomb that was perfectly thrown. The second was on a shorter pass to Davante Adams, who juked a couple players to make it to the end zone. The third? An improvision where Rodgers bought time, squeezed the ball through a window to Randall Cobb, then Cobb sprinted for a 75-yard touchdown.
But keep in mind, Rodgers was hurt. He was basically playing on one leg. He had no business being on the field. To throw three touchdown passes in a quarter to lead a team from down 20 points while suffering from a major injury? I’ve only seen something like that from one guy: Brett Favre. And on this night, Aaron Rodgers wrote a chapter in his Hall of Fame story that will be told in Canton some day.
+’s & -‘s:
+: Rodgers, Cobb, Allison, secondary.
-: Offensive line in the first half, Clay Matthews.
2018 Green Bay Packers: 1-0
Next week: vs. Minnesota