Three takeaways from Green Bay Packers’ victory over Chicago Bears
Aaron Rodgers saves his best for last
It may go down as Aaron Rodgers’ best touchdown-less performance.
Playing in frigid conditions with an ailing hamstring and calf, Rodgers fought on and carved open a talented Chicago defense. To the surprise of nobody, Rodgers leaned on Jordy Nelson for much of the game, with the two connecting for what was essentially a game-winning pass.
With the score tied at 27-27 and just 37 ticks remaining in the fourth quarter, Rodgers created some magic with his favorite target, a vintage 60-yard reception to set up a walk-off Mason Crosby field goal.
“Kind of a flashback to 2013,” guard Lane Taylor said postgame. Taylor is of course referring to the 48-yard, division-winning touchdown between Rodgers and Randall Cobb at the same venue three years ago.
Maybe not as dramatic, but equally as important. Who knows how the game would have unfolded had Nelson not hauled in the deep shot. All of the momentum was with Chicago, who had wiped out Green Bay’s 17-point lead in the fourth quarter.
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