"But then it tightened up there in the fourth quarter".
The injury happened in the second quarter when Rodgers stayed down after a sack. To start the Packers' 100th season. He appeared to reach down for the back of his left leg. Rodgers then walked to the cart that took him up the Lambeau Field tunnel.
With Rodgers' return came an updated gameplan designed not only to keep a swarming Bears front seven away from the banged-up quarterback, but to put the pressure back on Vic Fangio's defense.
"It's hard (to put into words)", Rodgers told NBC after the game.
A gimpy Rodgers returned in the second half and finally figured out the Bears.
"(I was thinking) something special", he said. "We'll do tests [Monday], and you'll get a better answer Wednesday when I talk".
It didn't matter. After three more incomplete passes, Trubisky was stripped of the ball on a sack from Packers linebacker Nick Perry.
Upon completing the deal, the Bears promptly signed Mack to a record six-year, $141 million contract. But as he showed against the Packers, it was well worth it.
It was night and day between the first- and second-half offenses of both teams.
At the 9:22 mark of the second quarter, Mack and Bears defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris broke through the Packers' offensive line and forced Rodgers to the ground. Defensive lineman Kenny Clark jumped on it, closing the book on Green Bay's first win of the season. But the look on Rodgers' face as he exited was not a positive one. For more data and analysis from the game, utilize our Premium Stats 2.0 dashboard to expand your knowledge on the key players, signature stats and much more.
Hot in pursuit of Trubisky scrambling out of the pocket, Matthews made contact with the Bears quarterback shortly after he threw what turned out to be an incomplete pass intended for Taylor Gabriel downfield. However, to think about what this defense can do moving forward is scary. But late in the game, he missed and/or rushed some throws and looked like a different quarterback.