Aaron Rodgers has found out that sometimes a large blowout win over your divisional arch-rival can actually lead to injury.
The Green Bay Packers crushed the Chicago Bears 55-14 at Lambeau Field on Sunday and the margin of victory was so comfortable, Rodgers left the game at 10:52 mark of the third quarter and did not return.
The franchise quarterback took in his surroundings from the sideline and after spending a long time on the bench watching the back-up offence continue to trounce the hapless Bears, he began to suffer back issues.
Rodgers spoke on Tuesday to ESPN Milwaukee radio show and explained how he was suffering with an injury after the contest with the Bears:
"My low back was actually hurting, and I think I attributed that to standing around the entire time as the second half went on, not [from] anything that happened on the field, The guys took really good care of me on the field. I barely got touched all game, but my back actually got a little tight on the sideline."
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Packers are rolling
Rodgers has seen a lot of action for the Packers on the sideline recently and it's down to the third successive home game in which the Green Bay side have dominated to the point where their offensive stars were not needed.
The Packers had leads of 45-0 against the Bears, 28-0 against the Carolina Panthers and 42-0 against the Minnesota Vikings this season.
Rodgers explained: "I forgot what a strain that can be to stand there and watch." before adding "That's three good performances at home, and that's how we like it,”
Rodgers performance against the Bears on Sunday was extraordinary, the quarterback tied the NFL record for most scoring passes in a first half when he tossed six touchdowns agains the division-rival Bears.
Rodgers said it's important to respect both the game and the opponent when games get out of hand:
"At some point you’re going to be on the other side of that, You want to make sure there's respect from the opponent you're playing. Part of that, though, is playing and playing the game there in the third quarter because you're professional athletes and you're playing for pride in that situation because obviously the game was out of hand, but I think you owe it to the game to keep playing in some of those situations."
He finished by saying:
"But there's a time and a place. We weren't going to stay in a no-huddle mindset there in the third quarter. We huddled up. We kind of were a little more deliberate on offense, and I think that's respect for the opponent and respect for the game."
The Packers are set for another home contest this weekend but with the opposition likely to be more testing, they host the NFC-East leading Philadelphia Eagles who currently sit with a record of 7-2.