Packers QB Aaron Rodgers leaves game with leg injury

Dean Simpson
September 10, 2018

Aaron Rodgers heard the applause after walking out of the stadium tunnel and back on to the field.

Green Bay acquired five-time Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham from the Seattle Seahawks to bolster their offence and although snaps have been limited between him and their franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Packers are hopeful this will be a productive relationship. Rodgers was 3-of-7 passing for 13 yards and was sacked twice before leaving the game.

The NFL world had its eye on a few things Sunday, one of which was what Khalil Mack would do with the Bears. He wanted to play it safe with his knee and avoid any unnecessary drop backs.

The hobbling two-time NFL MVP threw three touchdown passes in the second half after returning from injury, and the Green Bay Packers overcame a 20-point deficit for a thrilling 24-23 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday night. The free concert outside Lambeau Field helped thousands of Packer fans fire up a bit more for tonight's season opener against Green Bay's longtime rivals. This from a player who missed the entire preseason. He also stripped the ball for a turnover in the red zone off Kizer in the second quarter.

Packers: Aaron Rodgers and his trio of receivers caught fire in the second half, while breakdowns in coverage and big plays led to a Bears loss.

Mack finished the game with three total tackles - two solo - the sack and fumble recovery.

But Rodgers wasn't sacked in the second half, and Pettine's unit allowed merely two second-half field goals. He wouldn't go into specific details, but said he had switched up his technique, certain hand movements and set points to try to stop Mack.

"I had the opportunity and just got to make the play", Fuller said. I worked technique a little better than I did in the first half.

The Packers will attempt to do so on defense with a largely new coaching staff on that side of the ball, headlined by coordinator Mike Pettine, who has been out of the National Football League the past few seasons.

The ending had a familiar feel for his new team.

The Bears had a lot of opportunities, Matt Nagy reminded us in his postgame interview. No other player on the Packers roster produced more than 25 receiving yards.

Oh, and one of those incompletions came on a throwaway to run out the clock at the end of the game.

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