Packers open season against Bears at Lambeau Field

Tyler Owen
September 10, 2018

Lightning forced a halt again midway through the third quarter, and the second stoppage lasted just over two hours. 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.

While Packers fans feared the worst, Rodgers surprised nearly everyone by coming out on the sideline for the second half.

Our own Shalise Manza Young touched on Khalil Mack's exceptional game, noting that his first-half performance may have resulted in something we've never seen before.

If you're a Raiders player, how could you resist? "He was in the back as we came out and we heard the crowd, and we were like, "Oh, there he is, '" tight end Lance Kendricks said in the postgame locker room". After his return, he went 17-for-23, 273 yards, three touchdowns and improved to a 130.7 passer rating. He also found Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison for touchdown passes.

"It's hard (to put into words)", Rodgers told NBC after the game.

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"It was going to have to take something really catastrophic injury-wise to keep me off the field in the second half", Rodgers said. While the heroics of Aaron Rodgers spoiled Mack's debut with the Bears, the young pass-rusher still had an incredible showing in the 24-23 loss.

"Oh I'm playing next week", he replied. "I just had a feeing that we could spark it and get things going if we put together a couple drives". 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. The Bears quickly matched the Packers' transition tender with a new four-year, $56-million deal. But as he showed against the Packers, it was well worth it. Shoot there was a lot of other plays in that game that could've affected the outcome.

Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky had a shot to answer with a winning drive, but Packers outside linebacker Nick Perry sacked Trubisky on fourth down to end the Bears' chance.

It sounds as if the Packers were not willing to fork over two first-round picks, even one that fell in 2020.

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