The Bears led 20-0 at one point and their defence dominated until the second half.
But as Packers fans feared the worst, Rodgers made a surprising return to the field in the second half. “We wanted to slow them down, a little bit, let (right tackle Bryan Bulaga) get settled and he did, and did a good job”. As a unit, however, the Bears’ defense lacked finish.
The Packers had never before overcome a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit in their 100-year history.
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Cable and satellite subscribers can watch the Packers Bears game live stream at the NBC Sports Live Extra website or mobile app by logging in with their provider credentials. Khalil Mack was on fire, the offense was moving at will and went into the half with a 17-0 lead.
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The larger story here, though, is the second-half adjustment made by Mike McCarthy and Rodgers to mitigate the Bears’ pass rush. On Kizer’s next possession, Mack thwarted a strong Packers drive by picking off Kizer on a failed screen pass, rumbling 27 yards for a touchdown and a 17-0 Chicago lead.
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.
But Rodgers wasn’t sacked in the second half, and Pettine’s unit allowed merely two second-half field goals. Nagy asked rhetorically. “So, we get it. He came back and definitely put them in position to win”.
Overall, it still was a great debut for Mack.
But a amusing thing happened on the way to the after-party.
When Rodgers left the game with a knee injury, he was 3-for-7 with 13 yards.
Mack should get better, too.
The Packers clearly were monitoring Mack, too.
“You know we talked about finishing and we didn’t do that”, Nagy said. But it was a ruse. Undoubtedly, they are busy preparing for their game against the Rams on Monday night. This from a player who missed the entire preseason.
Mack’s early impact on the game has been remarkable.
Before Rodgers got hurt, he was dancing around in and out of the pocket trying to extend the play while his receivers got open.
The Packers traded Rodgers’ backup last season, Brett Hundley, to the Seattle Seahawks last month for a sixth-round pick. “Nobody really cares about it on the football field”. The ovation from the crowd lifts you up, gives the energy, the momentum of the game, and you feel the tide turning.