Was Packers Comeback Vs Bears Aaron Rodgers' Greatest Game?

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Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after throwing a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb #18 during the fourth quarter of a game against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on September 9 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Aaron Rodgers produced one of the best performances of his career on Sunday night, inspiring the Packers to a memorable comeback in their season opener against the Chicago Bears.

With Green Bay trailing the Bears 10-0, Rodgers was carted off the field in the first half with a knee injury, which appeared serious enough to leave his season in peril, nevermind his chances of returning to that day's action.

However, the two-time MVP did indeed return and took to the field with his side 20-0 down, inspiring them to a 24-23 win in what was the Packers' largest fourth-quarter comeback ever. According to ESPN Stat & Information, the win tied the biggest comeback of Rodgers' career, as he had come back from a 20-point deficit against the Lions in 2015.

"Aaron Rodgers was remarkable. I just can't tell you how proud I am with him,'' Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said.

It was not the first time the 34-year-old has produced a stunning performance, but where does Sunday night's comeback rate in the pantheon of Rodgers' greatest ever games?

Super Bowl XLV

Rodgers has so far made just one appearance on the NFL's greatest stage, but it was one to remember. Against the Steelers in 2011, the former California student threw three touchdown passes and completed 24 out of 39 passes for 304 yards. Better still, he did so against a defense that had allowed only 14.5 points per game that season. He became only the second Packers quarterback to be named Super Bowl MVP, after Bart Starr.

2010 NFC Divisional Playoff

Rodgers' performance in Super Bowl XLV might have been superb, but that would have never happened had it not been for the memorable show he produced two weeks earlier. In what was just his third postseason start, Rodgers threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns, completing 31 of the 36 passes he attempted as the Packers thrashed the Falcons in Atlanta 48-21.

The Falcons had gone 13-3 in the regular season, winning the NFC South and finishing with the NFL's second-best record—behind only the New England Patriots. However, they had no answers for Rodgers.

The Packers scored 35 unanswered points on consecutive drives and Rodgers even touched down himself, with Green Bay on first-and-goal from the Falcons' eight, he made for the line.

Opening Sunday 2018

Having hobbled off the field with nine minutes left in the second quarter, Rodgers returned to find the Packers still scoreless and trailing by 20 points. Down by 17 heading into the final period, the Packers scored two touchdowns as Rodgers threw a 39-yarder to Geronimo Allison and a 19-yarder to Davante Adams to cut the Bears' lead to six.

With less than three minutes left, Rodgers then threw to Randall Cobb, who took off for a 75-yard touchdown to cap one of the greatest comebacks ever witnessed at Field. The Packers' comeback was the largest against the Bears in the rivalry's 197th installment.

The Packers had trailed by 17 or more going into the last quarter in 111 occasions in their history and had lost every single one.

The Hail Mary

On December 3, 2015, the Packers trailed the Detroit Lions 20-0 midway through the third quarter. Inspired by Rodgers, Green Bay slowly found their way back into the game but the Lions, who in Week 10 had snapped a 24-game losing streak at Lambeau Field, still held a 23-21 lead with no time left.

The Packers were given an unexpected lifeline as they were awarded an untimed down after a Lions' penalty. Up stepped Rodgers, who let fly from Green Bay's 36-yard line and saw his dart travel 67 yards before landing safely in the hands of Richard Rodgers, who touched down to give the Packers a famous 27-23 win.

2009 NFC Wild Card

The first playoff game of Rodgers' career got off to a dreadful start, as his first throw was intercepted and the Packers fell 17-0 behind at the start of the second quarter. That turned into a 31-10 deficit five minutes into the third period.

However, five straight scoring drives in the second half hauled Green Bay back into the game and Rodgers found Spencer Havner for an 11-yard touchdown that forced the game into overtime.

In the additional period, however, Rodgers was strip-sacked by Karlos Dansby, with the fumble turning into a decisive moment that gave the Cardinals a 51-45 win. Despite the defeat, the game marked the first match Rodgers had ever thrown for 400 yards.

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