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Packers Rally Back, Beat Bears 24-23 in Historic Comeback

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Packers Rally Back, Beat Bears 24-23 in Historic Comeback

There was only 2:39 left on the clock for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers to pull off what would be a historic comeback to open the Packers’ 100th season. It was enough, and the Packers (1-0, 1-0 NFC North) stunned the Bears 24-23 (0-1, 0-1 NFC North) off a 75-yard touchdown from wide receiver Randall Cobb, after trailing 17-0 at halftime.

Although the ending to the game was one for the history books, the beginning was far from it. For the Packers, almost everything that could have gone wrong in the first half did. The Pack struggled on both sides of the ball and quickly gave up 10 points without putting up any in return.

Just as things appeared that they could not get worse, they did. In the second quarter, Aaron Rodgers took a hit straight to his legs and was very slow to get up. He was assisted off to the medical tent, and eventually taken to the locker room with a left knee injury.

Rodgers would eventually return, and his heroics lead the Packers to an unbelievable comeback win.According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, Rodgers knew that Green Bay could win the game as soon as the second half started.

What we learned: Aaron Rodgers is worth every penny.

Just over a week ago, Rodgers signed a 4-year $134-million contract extension making him the NFL’s highest paid player. After leaving the game in the first half with a knee injury, it looked as though the expectations that Packer fans had for their season were just swept out from underneath them. When Rodgers walked out of the tunnel at Lambeau Field as the second half was set to begin, he picked up his pace and jogged, earning a monstrous roar from the crowd. 12 was coming back in, and the Bears, and really anyone for that matter, had no idea what was coming.

After returning from his injury, Rodgers threw 17 of 23 for 273 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Packers back from a 20-point deficit.  All three touchdowns came in the fourth quarter.

With 13:59 left in the game, Rodger threw a 39- yard missile to wide receiver Geronimo Allison, who extended his body in the end zone to make the grab. Then, with 9:01 left on the clock he found wide receiver Davante Adams, for a 12-yard score. There was a sudden shift in momentum, and then with 2:31 left to make something of the game, Rodgers found wide receiver Randall Cobb up the middle, who took it 75-yards to the house.

“Aaron Rodgers was remarkable,” coach Mike McCarthy said at the post-game press conference. “Just can’t tell you how proud I am of him. Just a tremendous performance.”

What went right: The secondary, in the second half at least.

It was night and day on both sides of the ball from the first half to the second, but the Packers’ secondary came up huge in the second half. There was three separate times late in the game that the Bears had a third down with just a few yards to go, but instead of choosing to run, tried to pass. The Packers saw multiple players in the secondary step up to make plays to keep the game alive as long as they did. Rookie cornerback Jaire Alexander, cornerback Kevin King, and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix all had critical breakups late in the game.

What went wrong:  The team fell apart without Rodgers.

It is understandable that any offense without Aaron Rodgers as your quarterback is not as strong of an offense, but when Rodgers left the game in the second quarter, everything got ugly very quickly.

Backup quarterback DeShone Kizer struggled tremendously when he was given the chance to step in. The newest and most dangerous Bears’ defender, Khalil Mack, had a field day with him. Mack first stripped him and forced a fumble and just a drive later, picked off his screen pass and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown.

It was 10-0 when Rodgers left the game and 20-0 when he eventually returned.

As with every offense in the NFL, the quarterback is the backbone, but the Packers need to be able to at least stay in the game if Rodgers has to step out for a bit.

Offensive Player of the Game: Randall Cobb

The heroics of Aaron Rodgers are in a category of their own, but wide receiver Randall Cobb had an enormous impact on the game as well.  The veteran receiver had 9 receptions for 142 yards, and of course the 75-yard touchdown on 3rd and 10 that gave Green Bay the lead.  

As Rodgers’ pass to Cobb floated over the middle, it was almost like déjà vu. In 2013, Rodgers found Cobb down the middle against the Bears in the fourth quarter on fourth down to win the NFC North as time ticked away.

Defensive Player of the Game: Nick Perry

After Cobb stunned the Bears with his 75-yard touchdown catch, Chicago still had a chance to win the game. On the final drive of the game the Bears continued to run down the Packers’ defense as they had successfully done throughout most of the night. On 4th and 10 with 1:06 remaining, Bears’ quarterback Mitch Trubisky rolled out of the pocket, but Perry was there to force a fumble, recover it, and end the game.

In addition to the forced fumble, Perry had 5 total tackles on the night, 4 of which were solo, and one sack.

 

Up next, the Packers face off with NFC North rival, the Minnesota Vikings, next Sunday at Lambeau Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 PM EST.

Sarah Kelliher is a contributor for CheeseheadTV. She can be found via Twitter @sarahkelliher4

 

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Rak47's picture

Anyone out here still think Allison sucks and should be cut or replaced by one of the rookies? lol. Gilbert also quietly had a nice game as well. Overall the defense played quite well in the second half and should only get better as the season rolls on. This team will be ready next week.

GBPDAN1's picture

Allison impressed, so did Cobb and Adams

It would have been beneficial to have Burks play in that came covering the RBs and chasing plays sideline to sideline with his speed.

The O needs to come out of the gate throwing quick timing routes against the Queens like they did in the 2nd half tonight.

I hope we get good news regarding Rodgers knee after the MRI on Monday. The fact that he wasn't able to put to much weight on it concerns me somewhat and confirmation today that it's just a minor sprain will ease my mind

Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

Allison played well, though he pushed off badly--at least once--to keep separation on his TD route. If I were a Bears fan, I'd have been furious. Sorry, just being honest.

My contention was that Allison is more ready to play this year than the rookies, but is playing his last season in Green Bay. My opinion hasn't changed.

DraftHobbyist's picture

A "push off" aka hand-fighting is allowed in the NFL and goes both ways. It's not like DB's don't touch the WR's at all. The CB has to be strong enough and use his own hands to prevent a WR from using his hands as well as Allison does.

Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

Watch the tape, DH. That wasn't just hand fighting. He pushed off repeatedly to keep the defender back. It was blatant, and should have been called.

Fordham Ram's picture

Your stuborness is annoying. There is a plate of crow for you to eat. Take it, with the humilty that comes with it you'll feel better in the morning.

dobber's picture

The most aggregious push-off was around the15 yard-line and Fuller recovered. You're right: Fuller had his hands on him a lot, too. I'm not an Allison fan, but he did just about everything right on that route.

Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

Dobber, it was a clear pushoff with extension, and should have been called. Allison got behind his man, then his man quickly closed the gap with greater speed, so Allison cheated with at least one blatant shove.

Had a Bears receiver gotten away with that, we'd be screaming.

dobber's picture

I'm not disagreeing with you. The difference between getting it right and getting it wrong can sometimes be what the official sees/interprets/calls. If this game were at Soldier Field, it may very easily have gone the other way. In the end, I'm not an Allison fan--never have been--but he made the route work and he got the catch. I still don't know how Allison got to it in the first place. ARod put that pass up and I didn't think Allison had a prayer of getting there.

Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

He got there by cheating.

Look, I liked his release and initial move to get behind his defender, and his concentration and catch radius were key in making the catch.

But his lack of speed was obvious, as the defender closed on him faster than I close on a plate of BBQ ribs. That's why he pushed off multiple times, with one being completely blatant.

He cheated. He got away with it. We won.

dobber's picture

You are correct.

I would cheat for a plate of ribs right about now... ;)

Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

As would I. :)

Fordham Ram's picture

He caught the ball with one arm and the defender draped all over him, what more do you want. Sounds like just to prove your point you were hoping he'd drop the ball. The man now has earned a special place in Packer lore, his great catch was the spark. The guy is clutch. Only special players make plays like that and he's special. Wait till the season is over before talkin' smack, you'll see. He may turn out to be Jordy's replacement.

fthisJack's picture

that [email protected] happens on every play in todays NFL. clutching,grabbing,pushing off.....get used to it.

Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

No, it doesn't--certainly not to that degree. That wasn't just clutching and grabbing, so turn off the spin machine.

Allison cheated--blatantly--and got away with it.

Why is it so hard for Packer fans to admit what we'd want opponents' fans to admit?

Tundraboy's picture

Thank you.

stockholder's picture

I agree ALP. Give Allison credit being Winded, and A-Rod just kept throwing a series of balls to him. It opened up the other Wrs.

The TKstinator's picture

Really gotta admire the way Chicago “kept their foot on the gas” and refused to “get conservative” in the second half by throwing passes on all those third downs.
“We” just hate it when “mashed potato Mike” goes into a shell in the second half when the Packers are ahead.

So,...how did last night’s game turn out?
~~~~~

Rcariveau's picture

The bears biggest mistake was not going for it on fourth down with 3 min left in the game. Instead they took a chip shot FG, they could have probably run it on 4th and short and converted. Game would have been over.

DraftHobbyist's picture

Easy to say, but if they don't convert against our stellar DL then they give Rodgers a short field with plenty of time when we only need a FG with one of the best FG Kickers in the NFL.

Rcariveau's picture

They were on the GB 20 yard line, basically were they started after the kick return. Bears coach had a chance to make a statement as a first time coach. He choked that game away, like they ran out of plays to run.

I would put that game on the bears coach, also shows that Turbisky most likely isn't the answer for the bears. He started out good, but when it mattered he did squat.

dobber's picture

Honestly, I think the Bears' defense relaxed and it cost them because the momentum shifted and they couldn't turn it back on later.

Jonathan Spader's picture

There were a lot of mistakes made by the Bears. Throwing for it on 3rd down when Howard was plowing through our defense, dropped interception by Fuller. The Bears went for it on 4th down multiple times and how did that work out for them? This is what the Bears deserve for giving Rodgers a chance because as we've seen time and time again that's all he needs. Talk about showing why you are the NFL's highest paid player.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Sorry, still not an Allison fan. I think we could use an upgrade.

CJ Bauckham's picture

Just can't please some people lol

Jonathan Spader's picture

I'm a 2018 Allison fan. I hope Allison gets replaced in 2019 by someone more athletic. Lets just enjoy the ride. ALP thanks for being a good sport last night when I called you out after the Allison play.

Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

Always happy to be a good sport with a fellow good sport. :)

Unfortunately, when I tried to post about how happy I was to be wrong over the game's outcome, Al wouldn't post it. Then he posts about how quiet we critics had become.

Petty, but typical.

Jonathan Spader's picture

I wouldn't take the non posting personally. At the 3nd of the night a lot of the comments I made weren't posting. I don't think it was pretty or intentional. I think everyone was just sort of stunned on the rollercoaster finish. I'll always try to be a good sport and fan.

Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

No, JS, it was my only post not posted, and right afterward Al comments on how silent the critics had gotten.

100% purposeful. All the way.

And it's not surprising, given the several potshots Al took at me in the thread.

L's picture

As someone who's believed that the Packers should have been actively looking to move him for a draft pick or another player at a position of need when trimming the roster to 53 I acknowledged (out loud) during the game that I was likely in the wrong. He's certainly filling a current need. I'm still not sure if he should be viewed as a core component to the team's receiving group, but he definitely proved himself as a valuable asset during this game.

In fact, the precise moment I made my statement out loud was not when he caught that TD pass, but at the end of the 3rd quarter when he made back-to-back catches with YAC for a new set of downs. A 3rd & 14 conversion for a new set of downs followed by the 1st & 10 first-down conversion. Both times he found space in the Bears zone D, looked the ball into his hands before making a nice move up-field for YAC that earned a new set of downs. The TD catch was the icing on the proverbial cake. I hope he can continue to demonstrate growth in his game while delivering consistent performances throughout the season.

GB Jacker's picture

What a win. Thrilling second half and my big takeaway was the adjustments on O-Line & defense seemed to be what got the job done (besides AR12 of course). Week 1-3 in the NFL you just take the wins however they come.

Gives me great hope that the defense was able to stop Chicago from getting close to a field goal on that final drive, twice no less! (Nice one Clay). Secondary looks far more solid - we need help on the edge though.

Thank god Rodgers is okay and hopefully he can go next week as the Vikings are going to be very good. You'd think we will need 7-8 wins at home minimum with this schedule.

Side note - great to see the Saints lose today, a car crash 7-9/6-10 from them would be wonderful.

Daren726's picture

The saints are still a good team. We were one point away from the same comment. They will get there defense fixed. So will we.

GB Jacker's picture

I like the Saints, and totally agree - can't read too much into week 1 (they got killed W1 and W2 last year) but just saying I HOPE they do badly so that pick is in the top 10.

dobber's picture

I don't believe in must-wins in September, but much like the Packers, they had a below-average divisional opponent at home. Those are games that, if you lose them, come back to haunt you later--especially in a division that features some potentially really good teams (ATL, CAR). I think we were all expecting some regression for the Saints after everything seemed to go right for them in 2017. We'll see if that was a sign of things to come, or just a blip.

Dash Riprock's picture

I can't help but think when your defense gives up 48 points at home that it's probably going to be a major problem the rest of the season. Imagine if Green Bay gave up 48 points to the Bears who aren't exactly known for offense. I think the Saints are in big big trouble this season. Good for fantasy points but not for winning actual games. This current Saints team could be like the 1983 Green Bay Packers. All offense and no defense.

HankScorpio's picture

The Packers got their defense fixed by the 3rd drive of the game. After going down 10-0, they gave up 6 points. They held the Bears under 300 yards even with the awful start.

OTOH, the Saints allowed 500+ yards and 48 points to a backup QB, including letting TB run out the last several minutes on the clock when a stop would have given Brees a shot at the same kind of heroics that Rodgers was able to pull off.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Fitzpatrick is basically a starter.

dobber's picture

Barely an average one...

jeremyjjbrown's picture

He's so inconsistent. It's hard to say if he's average or below.

RCPackerFan's picture

He is a good backup to have. He is a lower tiered starter. But would make a good backup.

dobber's picture

I think many of us were wishing the Packers had a Fitzpatrick last night...

RCPackerFan's picture

definitely!

Considering our backup QB essentially spotted the Bears 10 points... Ughhh.

I do like Kizer he just needs work!

cpabandit's picture

Kizer single handedly GAVE the Bears ten points with two plays that NO quarterback, (okay almost nor quarterback) could have made it easier. Kizer, like Hundley is a middle talented QB, nothing more. Just know that if Rodgers goes down, the game/season is over.

As for Matthews, give him some credit. He was diving to make a tackle on almost every play. Unfortunately, the player was not where he was diving. Tackled wind! He is done, has been for a few years.

fthisJack's picture

to be fair...he didn't have much of a chance with that pass rush...but definitely should not have thrown that screen pass.

Fordham Ram's picture

Agree on Mathews, he looked like Beigle out there, getting washed out on every rush attempt. Maybe we should have kept Vince and chucked Clay, at least he had the name.

HankScorpio's picture

Fitzpatrick is a 14 yr vet on his 6th NFL team. He's a journeyman, at best.
When he's been a starter, he's been a bad one.

HankScorpio's picture

Put it this way...if a Capers led defense had allowed 417 yards passing and 48 points from a Fitzpatrick led offense, the level of vitriol being thrown out would be through the roof. We'd see comments like "worst defense ever" and "this team will be lucky to win another game" and other end of the world hand-wringing.

And while some of it would have been over-the-top, there would have been a kernel of truth to all of it.

dobber's picture

The Bears had exactly 3 completions of more than 15 yards last night. They really weren't pushing the ball down the field after halftime...they got conservative, but who can blame you with that kind of lead and a defense that was blowing the Packers off the field in the first half?

Look at Taylor Gabriel's line: he caught 5 for 25, but one was for 31 yards. That means his remaining receptions were 4 for -6! Those are numbers you might see for a RB catching the ball, not a WR. The Packer DBs seemed to be ready for those WR screens and flares. Teabiscuit averaged 7.3 yd/completion, but absent the long catch by Robinson and the 31 yarder to Gabriel, it was a piss-poor 5.1 yd/comp. We saw a lot of gimmicky formations, but in the end, they weren't pushing the ball down the field...whether that was a tribute to Packer coverage or just Nagy's game plan, who knows?

fthisJack's picture

they weren't throwing the ball down field because Trubisky wasn't even in the same zip code as his receivers.he had guys open and missed them by 5 yards.

Rossonero's picture

I hope McCarthy realizes we don't have a good enough offensive line for Rodgers to sit back there all day. The ball must continue to come out of his hand quickly, especially against teams like the Bears and Vikings.

Tom Brady has been one of the league leaders in this area since he hasn't had great offensive lines either.

It was a fantastic win, one that will live long in the memory, but we can't bury ourselves 20-0 and then hope Rodgers will bail us out.

cuervo's picture

"I hope McCarthy realizes we don't have a good enough offensive line for Rodgers to sit back there all day."

MM has proven that he'll never realize that unfortunately. This was as piss poor an offensive gameplan to start the game as I can remember from MM, and he's had quite a few. The mantra of "rebuilding the playbook from scratch" didn't seem to change one thing, Rodgers bailed 'ole Mike out once again.

Great game, great team win, and lot's of positives for the defense in the second half.

Green Bay Shareholder's picture

Couldn't agree more, Mike McCarthy hopefully thanks the football Gods every night before he goes to bed for Aaron Rodgers, if not for whom he might be back in Pennsylvania.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Is it just McCarthy who needs to realize i or Rodgers too? Almost all of their plays have 1st read that allows Rodgers to throw the ball quickly, he just won't do it sometimes.

RCPackerFan's picture

We have a good OL. I think the problem early was they were rusty. Bulaga missed most of last year and barely played in the preseason. He definitely was rusty. The OL didn't play together all preseason. I think it was just getting back together.

But the play calling and tempo really helped them.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

For 11 months away from an ACL against the best OLB in football Bulaga did ok.

RCPackerFan's picture

Agreed!

He knocked off the rust in the first half and the 2nd half he really just played well.

dobber's picture

We put this on McCarthy, but sometimes #12 needs to just unload the ball.

HankScorpio's picture

When Collinsworth was gushing at how great Rodgers was on extended plays (prior to the injury), it struck me that they flashed up stats that showed a 95 QB rating on those plays. According to Pro Football Reference, his overall career QB rating is 103.8. So he may be the best in the business when the play goes long. But he's much better when it doesn't. Just like every other QB in the NFL.

And it just makes sense. If he needs more time to find a place to go with the ball, the defense is doing a better job at taking away his options. I can guarantee that he, McCarthy and everyone else (including the field crew) knows it.

dobber's picture

And you can bet the Vikings will be bumping WR at the line and jumping routes like crazy next week.

Idiot Fan's picture

It's in the Packer Fan Handbook - when we suck it's because MM's play calling is terrible; when we're awesome it's because Rodgers saved MM; when good adjustments are made at halftime, it was done by the coordinators.

The fanbase's inability to give MM credit for anything and to blame him for everything is baffling and unfortunate.

dobber's picture

Such is the lot of an NFL head coach.

I wonder if the shine is off Nagy a little bit this morning in the Chicago media?

Oppy's picture

In a few Bears blogs out there, I've read more than a couple fans claiming that the Bears got out-coached badly by Mike McCarthy and Mike Pettine.

Perception is a funny thing.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

I think Marcedes Lewis getting just 7 snaps all game is appalling, and clearly on MM. I'd have fired MM last year. The thing is, his teams pretty much don't quit on him.

Green Bay Shareholder's picture

How is Iron Mike's won loss record without Rodgers ? Probably around the same as the San Diego Chargers or worse.

fthisJack's picture

i think the OL was rusty as F!CK! they didn't play at all during preseason. he better get them in some games next year and get them oiled up and ready to play!

Tundraboy's picture

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Tundraboy's picture

Boy, are we on the same page. We need Lewis to help out too Did he even play last night?

Kb999's picture

Whata come back!!! I almost turned off the game at halftime.

HankScorpio's picture

As I watched the early carnage unfold, the silver lining was getting to bed a bit earlier. I was thinking that right up until the Packers scored their first TD very early in the 4th.

As it turned out, I was unable to get to sleep for a couple hours after the game ended.

RCPackerFan's picture

It took me a long time to get to bed to. i'm not a coffee drinker but i am today. :)

EdsLaces's picture

I am a coffee guy, but I think I'm still so pumped from last nite it doesn't matter haha. Work is great.

mrtundra's picture

I'll never turn off the game, no matter how bad it gets. I lived through the Packer teams of the 70's and early 80's. I know what bad football is. I also know what it means to be a Packer Fan. Through thick and thin, baby! Bleeding that Green and Gold! GO PACK, GO!

dobber's picture

Neither do I...I've had a lot of nights where I've gone to bed angry...

fthisJack's picture

if this game had been at noon....i would have been out the door and fishing by halftime. i don't have time to waste on watching performances like we got in the first half and if Rodgers didn't come back it would have been a blowout. luckily it was dark so i was able to witness the greatest comeback in Packer history!

stockholder's picture

The Bears were Jacked. A-Rod had trouble before he went down. Let's give credit to the defense too. Keeping the offense off the field was terrific. I love Capers being gone!

Tundraboy's picture

Yessir Mr Tundra. And did we ever get by tested last night.

Bure9620's picture

Man, looks like they played in pistol and SG due to AR's knee, could be tough in the running game moving forward if he is not under center. On the Adams TD pass, Rodgers was able to step up in the pocket so that is encouraging.

EdsLaces's picture

I think minus one play that HHCD had a pretty solid game. Liked to see him lay some wood again it's been a while. Actually the whole secondary looked good except maybe King .

Rcariveau's picture

King was shakey at the beginning. Once he started playing press he did a lot better. Also have to remember he didn't play at all in the preseason. The rooks held up very well. HHCD has a solid game nothing flasy besides the 3rd stop.

dobber's picture

I think King is going to take his lumps this season. Going into the season, he might be the closest thing to a #1CB the Packers have, but he's not there, yet. Still, he's going to see a lot of good WRs and he's going to get had some. We need to be patient.

Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

How did Jackson look? I saw him out there, but I didn't notice him getting burned or anything.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

He did well. I think he's going to be a good player. We'll k ow more next week against the Vikings WRs, but I think he's a good guy to cover Thelien.

Qoojo's picture

When I saw a bears WR open, I thought it mostly scheme failure after a handoff from one level to the next, like CB to safety. No real bad mental mistakes or bad coverage come to mind, but that first half was so bad, I probably forgot something ;)

Daren726's picture

Jimmy graham was very quiet. Maybe they went away from him on purpose, since everyone was anticipating a big game from him. Hope they use him to tear up the Vikings next week.

mrtundra's picture

I feel Graham is a bigger threat when we are in the Red Zone. At mid field or deep in our own territory, he gets doubled up on and isn't as effective. It was also his first game as a Packer. Things will get worked out with Graham. i did not see much of Marcedes Lewis last night. Lewis is a better blocker than Graham and I expected to see him utilized more in pass protection than I did.

TJ Coon's picture

Thank goodness I am not a GM or I would have given up two first-round picks for Khalil Mack. Of course a knee-jerk reaction to wanting a Reggie White sort of player who would transcend the teams defense. However, looking towards the future we can see two first-round picks Brian gutekunst saved and the Saints lost! Yes sir! The bottom line is Aaron Rodgers is better than Khalil Mack. So why give up two first-rounders when you already got the guy beat. Save those two first-rounders and use them for next year's draft when you can get exactly what this team will need in order to shore up its defense. Next year's draft is loaded with players we will need. Who knows, Green Bay might be able to get a Khalil Mack type of player in the draft next year. Keep on losing Saints! Aaron Rodgers is a mystical Warrior.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

I think it would have taken more than the Packers 2 1s. The Bears 2 1s are worth more than the Packers picks.

dblbogey's picture

I agree, Mack is incredible but the price in draft picks and salary would have been too much.

dobber's picture

In a league that fundamentally puts a defense at a disadvantage, who would you rather invest in?

mrtundra's picture

I feel that at the end of the season, we will be looking for pass rushers and O Line depth in the draft and FA. Just the same as what we needed this last draft and FA. don't gt me wrong, acquiring talent like Alexander and Jackson with our first two picks was a really great thing. Those two will be paying us dividends for a long time to come.

RCPackerFan's picture

After the first drive the defense really played well.

Giving up 16 points the whole night was really good. The secondary really played well. Those rookie CB's! They are going to be really good!
I can't wait to get Burks back. I think he will be our equalizer for stopping RB's in the passing game. Also I think Jones will be used in a similar role.

What a game though. To be down 17 points at the beginning of the 4th quarter and come back! If Rodgers is good to go the rest of the year how can the team not rally around that!

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Missing Jones and Burks is rough. Pettine needs those kinds of guys.

RCPackerFan's picture

Definitely!

Hopefully Burks will be able to go this week. His speed will make a huge difference. Jones might be out longer.

dobber's picture

I think that was the key: when Nagy decided to run some more traditional plays, the CBs could cover, especially as the game went on. A less mobile QB would have been sacked at least twice more than Trubiscuit was sacked last night.

I'll be curious to see the snap counts when they come up, but it seemed like they stuck exclusively with Jackson and Whitehead off the bench as extra DBs. I don't recall seeing House in the game at all. They really seem to like Whitehead.

CJ Bauckham's picture

100% agree about a less mobile qb. Mitch was running for his life on a few plays last night

HankScorpio's picture

In addition to crowning a new Miss America last night (congrats Miss New York), we crowned a new greatest defensive collapse in Lambeau history last night. May the Bears defense, including Khalil Mack, wear that crown proudly.

White92's picture

The Bears are who we thought they were..lol

Packer Dave's picture

I think Bulaga needs more credit here. He did an excellent job with Mack with virtually no help.

Gmo just knows how to get open. It'll be nice when this offense gets rolling with Jimmy and MVS too.

Run game is seriously missing Jones. I don't know why we didn't see more Lewis. McCray is the weak link for sure. This offensive playbook was the same as last years...

Wilkerson is just a guy now and CM3 even less so. Why the pack would try to resign clay is beyond me. Save the money, draft a guy and let's see what Donnerson can do.

RCPackerFan's picture

I agree about Bulaga. I think his problems early were rust. Coming back from a Torn ACL and barely playing in the preseason. He settled in really nice though.

Agreed about GMO.
I also am looking forward to seeing them finding ways to use MVS.

Jones will make a huge difference at RB. He finds holes whereas WIlliams has a tendency to run in the backs of his OL.

dobber's picture

I don't give MM a lot of credit for adapting his offensive game plan on most weeks. I think he decided he was going to play that Bears front straight up and wanted to attack their coverage. I don't think his game plan was to run the ball a lot against their defensive front.

Wilkerson had his moments, but I've tempered my enthusiasm for him since preseason games started. I wonder about his "want-it" anymore, even though he knows he could make a crap-ton of money with a big season.

4thand1's picture

We need 3 weeks Dobber, these starters need time to play together.

mrtundra's picture

Sorta makes you wonder why the starters didn't play more in preseason.

mrtundra's picture

Sorta makes you wonder why the starters didn't play more in preseason.

dobber's picture

I might need 3 weeks just to recover from last night...

Jonathan Spader's picture

Wilkerson did make a few good run stops last night. I didn't see our DL collapsing the line the way I hoped I would. Gilbert did a good job containing Cohen who I thought could have been in for a big game.

Tundraboy's picture

Me too. Dont know if I'm ready for next week. Hope team is.

juenzo's picture

the defense and offensive line settled in the second half. what a freaking game.

4thand1's picture

Bulaga played against a fresh in his prime Mack with looked like little or no help. The Bears already had a really good defense, so MM figured he help them out in the 1st half? What went wrong, " the team fell apart without Rodgers" is not accurate. The game plan sucked coming out of the gate and it only changed when it had to. AR was having one of his worst games ever until he got hurt. What went wrong should be used to describe CM, as a starter he should playing behind Gilbert. AR will still be hurting, hopefully the MRI doesn't show to much damage. Guys have played on partially torn ligaments only to find out later how bad the injury was.

dobber's picture

We want to give Bulaga a break for not playing much in the preseason and coming off an injury. Mack had no camp at all...but when Bulaga settled in, he could do enough to handle Mack. I give Bulaga a lot of credit for his work and getting back as quickly as he did.

Remember a 'partially torn ligament' is really another way of saying a 'severe sprain'.

Qoojo's picture

Two keys in the comeback: Defense held them to 6 points total and stopped them twice (thanks to matthews being a bonehead) on their final drive, and the OL finally protected Rodgers well enough.

The OL played better after getting a glimpse into another year like last year, and Rodgers played better by getting rid of the ball faster and going for quicker timing plays.

Since '61's picture

As I mentioned in my gut reaction post last night, I think if Rodgers doesn't get hurt the Packers win last evening's game about 31 or 34 to 13, maybe 16.

After the Bears first two possessions I thought that the Packers defense played very well. The problem I saw last night is that our LBs, except for Martinez, are very weak. The fact that we played most of the game with 6 or 7 DBs on the field is indicative that Pettine doesn't have much confidence in the LB corps.

I don't know what CM3 was doing out there most of the night and then he commits a stupid penalty that could have cost us the game. I would start giving Gilbert more snaps beginning next week. Hopefully the return of Burks and Jones will help with the ILB/Hybrid role. Our DL came up big against the run in the second half.

Secondary looked good but we must remember who the opposing QB was. But on young DBs are gaining experience with every snap.

On offense, Kizer cost us 14 points in his brief appearance. 7 in the Bears redzone when he gave the ball to Mack and another 7 when he made a panic throw right to Mack for an easy pick-six.

Fortunately, Rodgers returned to save the day. Our OL got better as the game went on which is a good sign considering the Bears have a very strong DL with or without Mack.

Rodgers gave us another great game and more great memories last evening. Hopefully his injury is minor and he won't lose his mobility for a significant part of the season. Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since '61

Qoojo's picture

I feel bad for Kizer because that was a pretty horrific performance. CM3, it's hard for me to say much about him since at best, his play was mediocre, except for one tackle he made. Then he made one of the dumber mistakes ever made by roughing the passer. Then that one play where he didn't take the open path to rush passer, and instead dropped back a couple yards to cover no one.

Spock's picture

I thought that our game plan was not very creative or "new" at all. I give a pass to the new defense as Nagy basically pulled every rabbit out his hat playbook, every "unscouted look", and every trick play imaginable against a defense playing it's first game together with a new defense. Despite that the defense was able to regroup and hold the Bears to just 13 points. Had Kiser not gifted the Bears 10 points this game would have looked a lot different. My hope is that Rodgers just has a small piece of cartilage drifting around his knee. The fact he wasn't wearing any noticeable brace makes me believe that there isn't any kind of ligament issue. As someone who has had eight knee surgeries (and is married to a surgery technician) I can personally attest that 3 of my surgeries were to remove cartilage and that it's a one morning walk in, walk out procedure. That, for me, would be best case scenario as Rodgers would have essentially zero lost time and be ready for the next game, or "gut it out" and "clean it out" at the bye week. I will anxiously be awaiting this weeks injury report.

fthisJack's picture

i think the Packers eto say goodbye to Davis and let Cobb return punts. then please sign Eric Reid....Ha Ha is not the answer.

billybobton's picture

Amazing that someone could watch our center, JAG totally blow a screen pass and blame the QB. that bulaga who got butt whipped and schooled is not responsible for letting Kizer get smashed.

There is bad writing on this site but this is really a new standard. How many screen passes end up with sacks? What is the concept of a screen pass? Watch the game and try to see what is going on.

Qoojo's picture

Kizer ran into Mack on the fumble. On the screen, he should have never threw it like he did. Mack dropped back and was ready for it. As Rodgers knows, sometimes the defense wins and you have to eat it and take the sack.

PackfanNY's picture

Just got back from Green Bay. Wow, what a game. Aaron Rodgers is a great player and he did something special last night. I can't wait to watch the replay to see how it looked on TV. Special night at Lambeau Field last night. The Bears fans walking out of the Stadium looked stunned. Considering that's what Packer fans looked like at halftime and realizing that could have been me made me feel pretty good.

Spock's picture

Wow, did you pick the right game to go to. A historic comeback -the only comeback in 100 years after being down by 17 at the half? I envy you the experience!

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