Months of trade rumors. A disgruntled QB holed up in California. Team brass flying out to assuage the doubts of said QB. The Packers’ off-season was filled with a never-ending flood of drama. Having escaped the Aaron Rodgers “will he, won’t he?” saga relatively unscathed, would Green Bay’s dominance in Chicago remain intact as well? Well, of course it would. The Bears still suck. And Rodgers still owns them. The de facto Mayor of Chicago put on a show in week 6 as he ripped Bears fans’ hearts out yet again. Let’s dive into the top plays of the week and relive greatness.
Down 7-0 in the first quarter, it’s not fair to say Packers fans were worried, but the makings of a classically strange NFC North battle were there. Aaron Rodgers had been sacked a couple of times behind a makeshift offensive line against a ferocious defensive front, leaving doubts as to how the offense would hold up all game. All these doubts were put to rest when Justin Fields launched a ball into the end zone, thinking he had a free play. Darnell Savage came down with the ball and the Packers were back in business.
With the ball at their own 20, the Packers began methodically marching the ball downfield in a 12 play, 80-yard touchdown drive. No long drive is complete without a Davante Adams chunk play, and this one set the Packers up deep in Bears territory. With 3rd and Goal at the 1-yard line, the Packers faked the pop pass off Aaron Jones’ motion that we’ve seen so many times and flipped the ball to Allen Lazard for the short TD reception. Beautiful play design and it tied the game up for the Packers.
After a few Bears punts and a Packers field goal, Green Bay went into the half up 10-7. Hardly the convincing score we’re used to in Chicago. But of course, on their first drive of the 2nd half, Rodgers and co. went 10 plays, 90 yards to open the game up and score their second touchdown. While the last TD drive was defined by an Adams chunk play, this one was an Aaron Jones clinic. He accounted for 61 of the 90 yards on this drive, including the touchdown in which he broke a tackle (like always) and gave some of us a scare as he almost got hawked at the goal line.
We’ve finally reached the moment you’ve all waited for. The Pièce de résistance of the game, and the culmination of years of dominance in one city. A small, 6-yard rush that spoke volumes and sent daggers into the hearts of thousands of fans in one stadium. Up 17-14, after the Bears scored on an 80-yard touchdown drive, the Packers were feeling a bit of heat. The defense looked gassed and the talented rookie Justin Fields found himself in a rhythm. But of course, when in Chicago, there’s really no reason to worry. Aaron Rodgers, the menace that he is, wasn’t sweating the moment. Why should we? He put together a 7 play, 75-yard drive behind another huge Davante Adams catch and “Big Dog” Marcedes Lewis imposing his will on the defense. It was capped off by the magnificent scramble from Rodgers that effectively ended the game. Like he has one million times, Rodgers pump-faked past the line of scrimmage to freeze the D, and because somehow no one has figured this out yet, he gave himself enough room to glide into the end zone. The team erupted in the end zone when Rodgers spotted a woman giving him the bird in the crowd. On second look, there were many birds. Too many to count. This prompted Rodgers to give his now-famous war cry “I STILL OWN YOU” along with some other choice words. Beating the Bears is always fun, but it never ceases to amaze me just how many incredible, ridiculous moments Rodgers has up his sleeve to torture this poor franchise. The touchdown put the Packers up 24-14, and with the help of a few Kenny Clark sacks on the Bears’ ensuing drive, Green Bay was headed home with yet another division win under Matt LaFleur.
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Which play from the Packers’ week 6 win over the Bears is the best?
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Darnell Savage Picks off Justin Fields in the End Zone
Allen Lazard Gets the Packers On the Board
Aaron Jones Dives in For 6
"I STILL OWN YOU"