Aaron Rodgers has pulled off a number of miracles on the football field, but his comeback against the Bears on Sunday night will go down as one of the most impressive of his career.
Rodgers was carted off the field in the first half of the Packers home opener, and the Bears opened up a 20-0 lead in his absence. He was announced as questionable to return with a knee injury, but with the Packers first possession of the second half, Rodgers took to the field again to lead Green Bay on a drive for a field goal for their first points of the game.
It was only the beginning.
Rodgers, normally one of the most mobile quarterbacks in the NFL, was clearly keeping weight off his left leg. But even on one leg, Rodgers is still one of the best quarterbacks in the world, as he proved on Sunday night.
On the Packers next drive, Rodgers found receiver Geronimo Allison on a beautiful 41-yard touchdown pass to cut the Bears lead to 20-10.
After a Packers stop on defense, Rodgers struck again, this time leading a methodical drive down the field before finding Davante Adams for another score.
The Bears would then mount a time-consuming drive that resulted in a field goal, giving Chicago a 23-17 lead and leaving the Packers to drive the length of the field with just under three minutes left and no timeouts.
It would only take the Packers three plays.
Rodgers threw two quick incompletions, but on third down, he found Randall Cobb wide open in the middle of the field. Cobb sped past every pursuing defender and scored the tying touchdown. One Mason Crosby extra point later, and the Packers had their first lead of the game.
The Packers would get one more stop to seal the game. According to Al Michaels, who was calling the game, the Packers’ erasing of a 17-point deficit was the largest fourth quarter comeback in Packers history.
After Rodgers left the game in the first half, football fans were worried he might be gone for the game, if not weeks.
Instead, he returned to lead the Packers on four straight scoring drives to complete a 24-23 comeback win over their division rivals.
Rodgers is the highest-paid player in NFL history, and on Sunday night, he once again showed the world why.
After the game, NBC’s Michele Tafoya asked Rodgers how confident he was that he’d be ready to go against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2.
“Oh I’m playing next week,” he replied.