Packers' Aaron Rodgers leaves games on cart, returns in the second half

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That's not good for the Packers.

Aaron Rodgers continues to surprise us all.

Point of emphasis: Matthews knows the margin for error is smaller than ever for National Football League pass rushers, which made his personal foul in the waning moments of Sunday night's game even more hard to swallow.

Aaron Rodgers was magnificent after returning from a knee injury in the second half of the season opener, but he couldn't have completed the 20-point comeback without some Herculean efforts from his receivers.

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However, to the surprise of many - and in a testament to his bloody-mindedness - he returned to the sidelines for the second-half and appeared to be ready to play. In the second quarter, Rodgers was carted off to the locker room after a sack took him down, but it obviously couldn't hold him.

Many on Twitter were distraught over this development, especially after Rodgers missed so much time past year with his collarbone injury. 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.

Bears pass rusher Khalil Mack, not Rodgers, was the best player on the field in the first half.

While the Bears' offense remains a work in progress, a defense buoyed by a hysterically-good first half from Mack looked good enough to earn Matt Nagy a comfortable win in his head coaching debut.

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"I'm playing next week", Rodgers said as a very full night came to a close.

The Bears led 20-0 at one point and their defense dominated until the second half. No other player on the Packers roster produced more than 25 receiving yards.

"I prepared all offseason for the first game of the season and I wanted to ... make an impact", Mack said. But I just had a feeling we could spark it and get things going, and we just put together a couple drives. He also caught five passes on five targets for 25 yards.

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.

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"I told the guys at halftime, I said, 'If you shut 'em out, we're gonna win, ' " Rodgers said.

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