Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers couldn’t have chosen a better time to play their best game of the season.
With the NFC North title and a playoff berth on the line, the Packers — led by Rodgers who started his first game after the collarbone injury – traveled to Soldier Field and upset the Chicago Bears, winning 33-28 with a scoring drive late in the fourth quarter that put Green Bay in the postseason once again.
Rodgers showed once again why he’s one of the elite QBs in the NFL. The game started in shaky fashion for no. 12, who threw two interceptions in the first half. But thanks to a rookie Eddie Lacy‘s 21 carries for 66 yards and a TD, the Packers kept themselves in the game until Rodgers picked it up in the second half.
Rodgers threw two TD passes to Randall Cobb, another player who returned from injury today, with the last one being a huge 48-yard score with less than one minute on the final quarter on a fourth-and-eight play. Rodgers finished the game with 318 yards, two scores and two picks, and was the spark the team needed to come through right when they needed it.
The Bears didn’t go down without a fight, and RB Matt Forte had a career day of his own with 157 total yards and three scores. However, his efforts weren’t enough. The Packers’ secondary was tough as nails and was clutch until the dying moments of the contest, picking off the ball in the end zone to finish a game that couldn’t have been more exciting.
While it’s true that Green Bay wouldn’t have been in this position if it wasn’t for the whole team that stepped up in Rodgers’ absence, most notably in the comeback win against the Dallas Cowboys, there’s no doubt that AR12 is the catalyst of the Packers’ offense. He led his team to a victory in the biggest win of the year and will carry a lot of momentum going into the playoffs next week.