Aaron Rodgers is simply not of this world.
While Tom Brady may be the man everyone thinks of when we talk about the Greatest Quarterback of All-Time thanks to all the Super Bowl rings he’s accumulated over his illustrious career, Rodgers is considered by many to be the best pure passer the game has ever seen.
And the Green Bay Packers showed exactly why on Sunday as he orchestrated an incredible turnaround that saw the Packers grab victory from the jaws of defeat against their life-long rivals, the Chicago Bears.
Rodgers was hurt in the second quarter after slipping to the turf while under pressure from linebacker Khalil Mack and Roy Robertson-Harris. The latter landed on Rodgers, causing the quarterback some serious trouble before being carted off the field.
At that point, Packers fans – and probably Rodgers’ teammates and coaches – were incredibly worried. After going through a 2017 season that was ruined by an injury to their star man, it looked like history was going to repeat itself a year later.
With Rodgers out of the game, the Bears newest addition Mack ran wild – taking advantage of backup DeShone Kizer to force a fumble and then intercept the ersatz Rodgers on an awful attempted screen pass.
And then came the second half. And back came Rodgers. And back came the Packers.
From 20-0 down in the third quarter, Rodgers put the team on his back – driving the ball down the field at will as the hobbling former MVP threw three touchdown passes in the second half after returning from injury.
Randall Cobb caught a Rodgers pass and took it 75 yards to the house for the go-ahead score with 2:13 left in the game as the Packers would go on to win 24-23 in one of the best games we’ll see all season.
The Words of Wisdom
After the game, Rodgers was interviewed by NBC Sports’ Michelle Tafoya and amongst the talk about how his knee felt and what happened in the second half – the 34-year-old revealed the pep talk he’d given his teammates.
“[I was thinking] something special,” Rodgers told Tafoya on his mindset heading out onto the field.
“I told the guys at half-time, I said ‘if you shut them out, then we’re going to win’. They gave up six.”
Rodgers was right. The defense balled out in the second half to limit Mitch Trubisky and the Bears offense, giving Rodgers the ability to do what he does best – lead ridiculous comebacks that are fit for Hollywood.