The Packers would kick a field goal, and Rodgers showed no real signs of an injury on the series.
He made short catches underneath all night, and when an opportunity for a big play presented itself late, he seized it, splitting the Bears defense for the game-winning score.
Point of emphasis: Matthews knows the margin for error is smaller than ever for National Football League pass rushers, which made his personal foul in the waning moments of Sunday night's game even more hard to swallow.
Down 10-0 when Rodgers hobbled off the field in the second quarter after Chicago Bears defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris fell on his left knee, and down 20-0 when he returned to start the second half, the Packers saw their fortunes turn when Lambeau public address announcer Bill Jartz exclaimed: "Aaron Rodgers at quarterback".
But as Packers fans feared the worst, Rodgers made a surprising return to the field in the second half.
Just 3-of-7 for 13 yards when he was carted to the locker room, Rodgers completed 16 of his next 19 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns.
Many on Twitter were distraught over this development, especially after Rodgers missed so much time previous year with his collarbone injury.
While there admittedly were "two or three plays" the veteran right tackle would like to have back, Bulaga and the entire offensive line settled in after Rodgers returned to the field in the second half against Mack, Akiem Hicks and the rest of the Bears' defensive front.More news: Alibaba CEO Zhang to succeed Jack Ma as chairman
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"I think I was just coming on the back side, and, I mean, I'm really kind of beating myself up over that", Matthews said. But he still was great, as he threw a trio of fourth-quarter touchdown passes as the Packers overcame a 20-0 deficit to beat the Chicago Bears, 24-23. I was walking up and down the sideline trying to keep it loose. "I just had a feeing that we could spark it and get things going if we put together a couple drives".
"It" was more of the same from Rodgers against the Bears.
"You figure that into Green Bay's game", Hicks said.
Mack's debut with the Bears defense inspired confidence for what could come during the six-year window in which he will earn up to $141 million.
A field goal drive in the third quarter finally got the Packers on the board, and then it was a virtuoso performance in the fourth that allowed them to reel in the Bears.
Rodgers' post-injury final totals were a stunning 17-of-23 for 273 yards and three touchdowns, including one emphatic chuck out of bounds to run out the final seconds.
"I told the guys at halftime, I said, 'If you shut 'em out, we're gonna win, ' " Rodgers said.
Trubisky made a valiant effort, going 23-of-35 passing for 171 yards.