Week 9 against the Chicago Bears was the turning point in the Green Bay Packers’ season. Just as it seemed that everything was going right and the team looked like a Super Bowl favorite, one play changed it all. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers rolled to his right and as he tried to escape, he was driven to the ground by Bears lineman Shea McClellin.
Rodgers broke his collarbone and the Packers’ season changed just like that. Since that game, the Packers have gone 2-5-1 and have had three other quarterbacks try to fill Rodgers’ void. After Thursday, everything is starting to change once again.
Head coach Mike McCarthy said during his press conference that Rodgers has been medically cleared by the Packers’ medical staff and will start for the first time in eight weeks. Ironically enough, Rodgers will start on Sunday against the very team that he broke his collarbone against. If his return wasn’t enough of a headline, the fact that this is a winner-take-all game just adds to the excitement.
When Rodgers was out, the Packers’ offense looked out of place. Opposing defenses were constantly putting eight men in the box, forcing the Packers to throw the football. With defenses loading the box, running back Eddie Lacy had trouble finding any kind of success on the ground. Things got so bad for the Packers, they even went winless in all of their five games in November. Without Rodgers, the Packers were nowhere close to being a playoff team. That was, until the first week of December against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Packers rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to beat the Falcons by one point. The following week, the Packers showed even more resilience as they trailed by 23 to the Dallas Cowboys at halftime. The Packers scored on their five second half drives and kept their playoff dreams alive, again winning by one. However, things fell back to earth last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, as Matt Flynn committed two key turnovers and failed to score from the six yard line as time expired. But, the Bears lost to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night and set up a win or go home game in Chicago on Sunday afternoon.
Arguably the best quarterback in the NFL is back and ready to hand out some revenge to the Bears defense. Oh, and he has had seven long weeks to prepare for this game. He is back ladies and gentlemen. Could a Hollywood type ending be in the possible ending for the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers? Only time will tell.
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