Aaron Rodgers came back to lead his Packers past their nemesis, the Chicago Bears to win one of the most unlikely Division titles in recent memory.
Rodgers who had been out since November 4, when he injured his collarbone in a game against the Bears and looked pretty rusty at the beginning of Sunday’s do-or-die game, somehow worked his magic and lead Green Bay to its second consecutive title as Division Champions at Soldier Field.
Things didn’t look too good when he threw two interceptions on each of the Packers’ first two possessions and also fumbled under pressure from Bears defense in the second quarter.
However, Aaron Rodgers had enough presence of mind on that fumble and had one of the best moves of the game, when he alerted Brandon Boykin that the ball was still in play.
Boykin picked up the ball and Rodgers told him to turn and run to the end zone. The Bears didn’t know what was happening and Boykin scored a touchdown giving the Packers their first lead of the game.
This was one of the hardest fought seasons for the Packers, who without their fearless leader on the field didn’t look like they had a chance to get to the post-season.
But even without Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay managed to stay in contention after losing five straight games when their starting quarterback was out.
Several reserves were called to fill in his shoes, with Matt Flynn proving to be the most consistent replacement for Aaron Rodgers.
On Sunday, looking less than sharp at the start of the game, the future hall of famer proved why he is one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
Aaron Rodgers threw a 48-yard touchdown, on fourth and eight, to Randall Cobb, with 38 seconds remaining to lead the Packers to a 33-28 win against the Bears for the NFC North title, leaving a packed Soldier Field stunned.
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Next up for the Packers is hosting the San Francisco 49ers, who dashed their hopes of moving on in the post-season in 2012.
Maybe Aaron Rodgers has one more trick up his sleeve in this, most unlikely season.