Hawk: You Knew Packers Would Come Back

Once the Bears left the door ajar for Aaron Rodgers, A.J. Hawk knew No. 12 would walk right through

Taz and the Moose
September 11, 2018 - 10:16 am

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When Aaron Rodgers was carted off the field Sunday night, Packers fans likely assumed the worst. When he returned to action, however, they were likely jumping for joy.

“When they cart him off, you know it’s not good,” former NFL linebacker and current SiriusXM NFL analyst A.J. Hawk said on Taz & The Moose. “But they went inside, they tested him to see if he had any ligament damage, and if there’s nothing torn and he’s not going to cause any more damage and he’s just going to be in a whole lot of pain for the rest of the game, then yeah, I could easily see him going, ‘Cool, I’m going to go back out there.’”

Rodgers did exactly that – and threw three fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead the Packers back from a 20-point deficit and to a 24-23 win over the Bears.

“You could kind of feel it,” Hawk said. “When he came back and the Bears couldn’t capitalize and score touchdowns in the second half, you’re just thinking, ‘Okay, it’s going to happen. Aaron is going to lead them back, they’re going to win, and this is going to be a devastating loss for the Bears.’”

The Packers (1-0) host the Vikings (1-0) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, while the Bears (0-1) host the Seahawks (0-1) on Monday Night Football. Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. ET.