GREEN BAY, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – You know it was a good outcome for the Green Bay Packers when Aaron Rodgers is the last player to walk off Lambeau Field after a game.
While the rest of Packers and Bears were in the comfort of their locker rooms last night, Rodgers was still doing post-game interviews with the FOX broadcasting team after Green Bay’s decisive 41-25 victory over Chicago.
It was a complete-game performance that gave the 8-3 Packers a commanding three-game cushion in the NFC North race over the 5-6 Bears and Minnesota Vikings with five contests remaining in regular-season play.
“I am really proud of our effort,” head coach Matt LaFleur said in his post-game press conference. “That was a great team win. That’s a good football team.
“I thought we were physical, I thought we brought a lot of energy. Certainly, appreciative of the people in the stands cheering for us. I thought that was big time for us. But all in all, we knew it was going to be a physical football game and I thought our guys did an outstanding job in every facet.”
It’s getting challenging to find new superlatives to describe the play of Green Bay’s 37-year-old quarterback.
The Bears defense was rated ninth overall in the NFL going into Sunday night’s game. Rodgers shredded it with a magnificent performance, completing 21 of 29 passes for 211 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions for a stellar 132.3 quarterback rating.
Rodgers threw four-plus touchdowns against Chicago for the fifth time, the most in NFL history, surpassing Fran Tarkenton with four. Rodgers became the 11th player in league history to pass for more than 50,000 yards with his third-quarter touchdown pass to Robert Tonyan
Rodgers is supremely comfortable in LaFleur’s offense in Year 2, spreading the ball to seven different receivers in crafting his fifth four-touchdown game of the 2020 season.
“I just feel like he settled into his role as head coach,” Rodgers said. “Him and I have really been on the same page all season. There’s just a beautiful trust that I think has blossomed even more this year between him and I. I think that’s an important part of us being successful is the QB and the coach calling and being on the same page.”
And it also helps when the Green Bay defense is creating three turnovers, including a 14-yard fumble return for a touchdown by linebacker Preston Smith after Za’Darius Smith stripped the ball from Matt Trubisky late in the second quarter. Safety Darnell Savage had the first two-interception game of his young career, and the offense capitalized on both takeaways with touchdown drives.
In the second quarter, a streaking Savage intercepted an overthrown Trubisky pass in the end zone—he actually looked like the intended receiver. Thirteen plays later, the Packers increased their lead to 20-3 as Rodgers hit Allen Lazard with a 2-yard touchdown pass.
Savage’s second interception broke the game open in the third quarter. They don’t come much easier, as Trubisky threw an ill-advised third-and-11 pass into triple coverage near midfield.
Savage leaped high to pick off the pass in front of intended receiver Anthony Miller. Four plays later, Rodgers hit Tonyan with a 39-yard touchdown strike and the rout was on 34-10. Trubisky led Chicago to two fourth-quarter touchdowns to close the gap on the final scoreboard, but this game was never in doubt.
“Savage, he had a great week of practice,” head coach Matt LaFleur said. “He had a pick or two in practice and it translated over to the game. Those interceptions were critical interceptions for us.”
Next up for the Packers is the Philadelphia Eagles, who invade Lambeau Field for a 3:25 game on Sunday.