Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Game recap: Bears lose heartbreaker in opener

Game recap: Bears lose heartbreaker in opener

The Green Bay Packers, a legitimate Super Bowl contender, almost suffered a devastating blow less than one half into their new season when Aaron Rodgers suffered a knee injury, left the game, and was questionable to return to the Packers' season opener against the Bears. Robertson-Harris was credited with the sack, and the play resulted in Rodgers leaving the game with a knee injury. The struggles and lack of cohesion shared by the starting group was obvious through the first half prior to Rodgers' injury.

Then, Rodgers came back from the dead and so did the Packers.

They took their first drive right down the field and were up 20-0 early into the third quarter.

He finished 20 of 30 for 286 yards, including 17 of 23 for 273 yards in the second half.

"I prepared all offseason for the first game of the season and I wanted to ... make an impact", Mack said.

In the fourth quarter, the Super Bowl MVP led three touchdown drives, kicking things off with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Geronimo Allison.

The bottom line is after one of the best halves of football the Bears have played in decades, the Packers were able to reduce the offense to nothing but Jordan Howard in the second half and the defense simply wore out.

And especially because how bad the Packers played in the first half.

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While the Bears' offense remains a work in progress, a defense buoyed by a hysterically-good first half from Mack looked good enough to earn Matt Nagy a comfortable win in his head coaching debut.

Green Bay appeared to retake possession after forcing three straight incompletions, but a roughing-the-passer penalty on Clay Matthews on fourth-and-9 gave the Bears one last shot at an answer.

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"It was great knowing we got a W on the way as long as we took care of business", Perry said. "We've seen it before".

He moved in and out of the pocket and escaped the wrath of the Packers' defense to extend drives in the first half. The offense seemed to play more conservatively in the second half with mostly short passes, including one questionable third-and-two throw with 2:47 left and the Packers without a timeout.

And for all the wise guys who couldn't get to the end of the first quarter without chirping about how brilliant Nagy was for passing on the exhibition season I'm not sure why we have to have that conversation again, but if you do you probably ought to wait a few more weeks until we really know the answer. "We just got to come in, come together as a team".

Mack almost stole the show.

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