It proved to be an omen as Trubisky struggled in the pocket, taking his eyes off receivers downfield with chances to pad the lead once the Packers got going with Aaron Rodgers. The adrenaline kicked in.
"We're paid to deal with injuries and play through 'em", Rodgers said.
The lead became 20-0 early in the second half but a hobbling Rodgers sparked a tremendous comeback as he threw three touchdown passes to pinch the game from their NFC North rivals. "I just can't tell you how proud I am with him", coach Mike McCarthy said.
Against the archrival Bears. Nagy lamented a key sequence in the fourth quarter that turned the game in the Packers' favor. It was time to slam the panic button at Lambeau Field.
For Rodgers, this was special.
"I just felt something in it", Rodgers said. The Bears added another Parkey field goal on their first drive of the second half.
His night was presumed over, but Rodgers returned after halftime and led Green Bay to an improbable comeback win. He also found Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison for touchdown passes. The two-time NFL MVP threw touchdown passes on three straight possessions in the fourth quarter to turn a 20-3 deficit into a 24-23 victory.
As the Bears were reminded first hand, the game is never over while Aaron Rodgers is under center.
Mack almost stole the show.
Kizer was the Packers' quarterback for two series and produced two of the most embarrassing turnovers I've ever seen.
Chicago was able to open the game with looks that Pettine probably hadn't prepared for, and a 7-0 deficit almost became 14-0 in the first quarter.
Nagy and Vic Fangio deserve credit for calling a masterful first half that put the Packers all the way back against the wall.
"Obviously Khalil Mack didn't want to play here", Gruden said before his team made its debut Monday night. "But you want to win these games". This is a bold claim by Gruden, especially since Mack is one of the best defensive players in the league. The lineman landed on Rodgers.