Aaron Rodgers heard the applause after walking out of the stadium tunnel and back on to the field.
But after Aaron Rodgers missed the final two series of the first half with a knee injury, Green Bay's star quarterback hobbled back onto the field in the third quarter and rallied Green Bay to a stunning 24-23 win at Lambeau Field. But the Packers' season outlook remains bright after he threw three touchdowns and tied the largest comeback in his National Football League career.
Khalil Mack's 27-yard interception return for a touchdown lifted the Bears to a 17-0 lead at halftime.
That was only the start for Mack who then stopped a long Packers' drive after Rodgers left with a strip sack of backup DeShone Kizer at the Bears' nine-yard line.
That comeback was highlighted by a 75-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb that put the Packers up for good.
Rodgers tossed scoring passes of 39 yards to Geronimo Allison with 13:59 remaining and 12 yards to Devante Adams with 9:01 left to make it 20-17. Until then, relive tonight's madness with the top reactions of the night by way of your trusty Twitter community. And from the Green Bay Packers' incredible comeback, the team can learn a lot. And Mack made a difference on his first snap in a Bears uniform, driving right tackle Bryan Bulaga into quarterback Aaron Rodgers to force an early throw on second-and-10. "But you want to win these games".
"(I was thinking) something special", he said. Following Rodgers' recent whopper of an extension, he will count for $20.9 million this year, $26.5 million in 2019 and $32.6 million and $33.5 million, respectively, in the two seasons beyond that. "I just had a feeing that we could spark it and get things going if we put together a couple drives".
A gimpy Rodgers returned in the second half and finally figured out the Bears.
The Packers will lean one again on Aaron Rodgers to lead them into the postseason. It marks the fifth-straight time the Bears have lost to the Packers and the fifth-straight opening game loss for the team.