Luckily for Matthews, his fellow pass rusher Nick Perry bailed him out with a sack on fourth down to seal the win. Over the past week, those hopes have been updated with visions of No. 52 causing nightmares for No. 12.
The Packers trailed 20-0 after Rodgers missed three series in the first half, but he threw three second-half touchdown passes to lead the Packers to a 24-23 win Sunday night over the Chicago Bears.
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. Cobb had 142 yards and a score on nine receptions for the Packers. Rodgers stood on the sideline with his helmet on, and surprisingly was set to return to the game.
Rodgers had ACL surgery on his left knee while in college.
Kizer replaced Rodgers on Green Bay's next drive. He went 23-for-35 for 171 yards.
Rodgers was at Lambeau Field on Monday morning, just hours after he pulled off one of the biggest comeback wins of his career. The first was about as bad as it could ever get for Packers fans.
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.
The Packers' defense, in new coordinator Mike Pettine's first game, held the Bears to two field goals in the second half. "It" was, on a rare instance of not getting the ball out quickly, taking his time to find Randall Cobb over the middle to trigger a 75-yard game-winning disembowlment of an opponent he's so thoroughly and consistently beaten over the last dozen years. He appeared to reach down for the back of his left leg. The initially turned it over on downs but were saved when Clay Matthews was called for a late hit on the quarterback to extend the drive.
Mack finished the game with three total tackles - two solo - the sack and fumble recovery.