And the Bears, in their biggest moment, choked away what could've been a massive statement win to begin the Matt Nagy era when Rodgers had time and found Randall Cobb for a 75-yard run-after-the-catch dagger. Three second half scoring drives including 17 points in the fourth quarter will be the highlight.
And just like that, Rodgers tied the largest comeback win of his National Football League career, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Khalil Mack was on fire, the offense was moving at will and went into the half with a 17-0 lead.
The Bears secondary played well most of the night but breakdowns in the second half doomed them.
The Bears then stalled at the 14-yard line and settled for Cody Parkey's 32-yard field goal to push their lead to 23-17. After a Clay Matthews penalty, the Bears got a first down but Chicago couldn't convert on its next fourth down. Wide receiver Allen Robinson had his first two catches in a Bears uniform on the drive, for 33 and 13 yards. He wasn't putting much weight on his left leg as he left, but walked back onto the field to start the second half. He also stripped the ball for a turnover in the red zone off Kizer in the second quarter.
Getty Chicago Bears pass-rusher Khalil Mack. A recovered fumble. An interception returned for a touchdown.More news: Botham Jean's killer confirmed as Amber Guyger
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But as Packers fans feared the worst, Rodgers made a surprising return to the field in the second half.
Once on the field, he led the Packers offense to a 24-23 victory against the Bears.
Mack's first half as a Bear was as such.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) lies on the field being hit by Chicago Bears defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris during the second quarter of their game at Lambeau Field. Both times cornerback Prince Amukamara was in coverage.
Rodgers missed nine games last season due to a collarbone injury. Green Bay held on for a 24-23 win.