But despite the instant impact of Mack, the Bears squandered a 20-0 lead with Rodgers - also the recipient of a record contract - pushing the Packers to an epic comeback. Green Bay had scoring plays of 39 and 75 yards in the second half. Rodgers later returned to start the second half. They entered the season on a 17 game losing streak. Hopefully, it's not a major injury, but Rodgers did not look like a happy man when he left the field. He was seen shaking his head when he finally made it onto the cart headed for the locker room. Rodgers' knee appeared to bend awkwardly as a Bears defender fell on him.
The Packers posted the second-largest comeback in franchise history at Lambeau Field, behind only a rally from 21 points down to beat New Orleans on September 17, 1989. And when Kyle Fuller had a chance to ice the game with an errant Rodgers throw right into his midsection, he dropped the ball. "Once we got into the second half, I got a little more comfortable with the technique I was trying to use on him and kind of settled into the ballgame a little bit more, and was able to execute the plan that I had in my head going forward".
What a selfish, me-first hold out player.
"You know we talked about finishing and we didn't do that", Nagy said.
Point of emphasis: Matthews knows the margin for error is smaller than ever for National Football League pass rushers, which made his personal foul in the waning moments of Sunday night's game even more hard to swallow.
It didn't matter. After three more incomplete passes, Trubisky was stripped of the ball on a sack from Packers linebacker Nick Perry.
Mack's debut with the Bears defense inspired confidence for what could come during the six-year window in which he will earn up to $141 million. But as he showed against the Packers, it was well worth it.More news: Djokovic overcomes dogged Millman to reach semis
He finished 20 of 30 for 286 yards, including 17 of 23 for 273 yards in the second half.
It was night and day between the first- and second-half offenses of both teams.
He returned for the Packers' first drive of the third quarter, with 9:10 left. Defensive lineman Kenny Clark jumped on it, closing the book on Green Bay's first win of the season.
If there's one positive from Sunday night for this team, it's that the talent gap seems to have narrowed, if not closed, between the Bears and Packers. Add that knee injury to the mix and things did not look good for the Packers.
"This will definitely go down as one my favorite memories, especially in this rivalry", Rodgers said.
Mitchell Trubisky was 23 of 35 for 171 yards. However, to think about what this defense can do moving forward is scary.