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Packers: Three takeaways from Week 1 victory over Bears

Packers: Three takeaways from Week 1 victory over Bears

But, all of that was erased in the second half when Nagy didn't go for the jugular with the chance to put the game away on fourth down in the fourth quarter. After a single knee injury reopened the wounds from lost seasons of recent past, Rodgers plucked every cheesehead worldwide from an autumn of depression and bitterness. He threw three touchdown passes - one each to Geronimo Allison, Davante Adams and Randall Cobb - to dig the Packers out of a massive hole.

The Packers trailed 17-0 at halftime and were down 20-0 by the time Rodgers returned to the field midway through the third quarter.

He finished with 286 yards passing and three touchdowns.

One-liners: When the Bears took a 10-0 lead, it marked the first time they led the Packers by double digits since a 35-7 win over Green Bay Dec. 23, 2007 at Soldier Field, a span of 23 games between the long-time rivals.

Later Rodgers said his playing status would be more clear later in the week. He was limited to seven games in 2017 because of a collarbone injury.

Mike Pettine: I don't want to overplay the performance of the Packers' defense Sunday night simply because they won.

Rodgers was hurt in the second quarter after slipping to the turf while under pressure from linebacker Khalil Mack and defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris.

"I felt like once I got back out there, when the adrenaline was going, it loosened up a little bit", Rodgers said.

An offensive-minded coach, Nagy had the aggressive Bears' offense pushing the Packers around the field in the first half.

- Howard averaged 5.5 yards per carry, and in hindsight Nagy surely realizes inside-zone runs are his friend.

Back-up quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick produced a wonderful display for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they stunned the well-fancied Saints in a wild 48-40 victory in New Orleans - with the journeyman throwing four touchdown passes in the shock result of the day.

There were two chapters to this game.

Bears: Host the Seattle Seahawks next Monday.


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