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The Green Bay Packers' season looked like it might be over before it even started. They already were being dominated by the Chicago Bears, trailing 10-0 and getting whipped on both sides of the ball. When quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down awkwardly on a sack that seemed to bend his left knee, Packers fans held their breath as he limped off the field and then rode a cart to the locker room. It was 2017 all over again, shades of the broken collarbone in Minnesota that ruined Green Bay's season. This time, the news was better: Rodgers returned in the second half and despite a gimpy knee, rallied the Packers to an exhilarating 24-23 victory. By avoiding an upset loss to their historic rivals, the Packers set the stage for next Sunday when the Vikings – also 1-0 – will visit Lambeau Field in a game that will have huge NFC North implications.

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You could say this game turned when Rodgers made the decision to attempt to play in the second half. It turned decisively when Randall Cobb capped a nine-catch, 142-yard night with a 75-yard catch-and-run touchdown that put Green Bay ahead, 24-23, the Packers' only lead of the night. And you could say it turned two plays earlier, when Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller dropped a surefire interception on a Rodgers pass meant for Davante Adams. If Fuller hangs onto that ball, the Packers -- out of timeouts with less than 2:35 remaining -- likely would have lost the game.

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In addition to Rodgers, accolades must go out to the wide receiver trio of Adams, Cobb and Geronimo Allison. All three caught TD passes, Cobb's being the longest. Adams and Allison each had five receptions and made the clutch plays needed to complete the comeback.

BOX SCORE: Packers 24, Bears 23

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Coach Mike McCarthy put Rodgers and the Packers in a deep halftime hole by not just running out the clock late in the second quarter. With his star quarterback already in the locker room having his injured knee examined, McCarthy allowed inexperienced backup DeShone Kizer to run a play on third-and-19 from the Green Bay 30 with only 50 seconds left in the quarter. Kizer's screen pass intended for Ty Montgomery was intercepted by Khalil Mack and returned for a gift touchdown and gave the Bears a commanding 17-0 lead. If Rodgers' comeback heroics had fallen short, the ill-advised play would have been much more than a mere footnote.

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Packers columnists Pete Dougherty and Tom Silverstein discuss Aaron Rodgers' knee injury and how Green Bay overcame it. USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

 

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