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Aaron Rodgers vs Bears Rivalry Ends In Familiar Fashion

  • The Draft Network
  • December 13, 2021
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Aaron Rodgers owns the Chicago Bears. His ridiculous record against Chicago improved to 22-5 after Sunday night’s 45-30 win, and his touchdown total versus the Bears is now north of 60 (61, to be exact). Rodgers’ ownership of the Monsters of the Midway is a storyline that’s been on repeat since he flashed his verbal Bill of Sale in Week 6 at Soldier Field, and in a way, it’s sort of sad that it could be coming to an end.

Rivalries are fun, even if they’re one-sided. Every David needs a Goliath; every Rocky needs a Drago (or Clubber Lang, or Apollo Creed). For the Bears, Rodgers is that villain. He’s the guy who players like Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks, Roquan Smith, and Jaylon Johnson circle on their schedule as a human analytic; an opponent who shows them just how good—or bad—they are. It’s safe to say the 2021 edition of this rivalry ended with a failing grade for the Bears.

Rodgers finished Week 14 completing 29-of-37 passes for 341 yards, four touchdowns, and an incredible passer rating of 141.1. In Week 6, Rodgers posted a 128.0 rating. Dating back to last season, as the NBC Sports broadcast referenced a few times during the game, Rodgers’ passer ratings against the Bears were 132.3 and a ridiculous 147.9. He’s been the quarterback equivalent of unstoppable over the teams’ last four meetings, and if Sunday night’s showdown was the last of what’s been a 14-year stretch of heartbreak for Chicago’s fan base, it’ll end with a sense of a job left undone.

The Bears had a chance to rid themselves of the Rodgers demon. To cleanse their football soul. It could’ve been a football exorcism of sorts if Justin Fields was able to win at Lambeau Field and kick off a new era of Bears-Packers games. Chicago was leading at halftime, after all, and Fields was playing at a level usually reserved for established top-tier veteran quarterbacks. But once the third quarter kicked off and Rodgers calmly led the Packers to two touchdowns in what felt like mere seconds, the King of the North repossessed the lead and never gave it back.

The future in Green Bay is a great unknown right now. The biggest storyline coming to the 2022 offseason will be about Rodgers and where he’ll call home next season. NBC’s Cris Collinsworth suggested that Rodgers is in a good place mentally right now and, perhaps, Sunday night’s thrashing won’t be his last against the Bears. But if Rodgers has proven anything over the last few seasons, it’s that his quirky and unpredictable off-field behavior is as consistent as his touchdown passes on the field. Once the Packers’ season ends, all bets are off, and smart money should be on Rodgers fleeing the frozen tundra.

Think about it: no matter how the Packers’ season concludes, it’ll give Rodgers a justifiable reason to leave town (at least, in his mind it will). If Green Bay wins the Super Bowl? He’s done everything he can in the Green and Gold and it’s time to move on. If they fall short and lose in the playoffs (or in the Super Bowl)? He’ll probably find a way to blame the front office for not ‘doing right’ by him in their failure to surround him with the pieces he needs to win the ultimate game.

No matter what happens in 2022, for now, the Packers are one of the best teams in the NFL. They’re playing like the best team in the NFC, and if they make it to the Super Bowl, there’s a really good chance they’d be favored over any of the current contenders in the AFC.

Rodgers is back to playing like the MVP he was in 2020, and with games against the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions remaining on Green Bay’s schedule, it’s fair to predict the Packers will finish 2021 with at least 12 or 13 wins.

But it’s the two wins Rodgers secured against the Bears this year that will remain atop the list of memorable moments as his time as a Packer slowly runs out. Chicago missed their chance to send Rodgers away with a loss, but that shouldn’t be a surprise. Rodgers simply doesn’t lose to the Bears, and he’s on a mission to prove he just doesn’t lose much—period—in 2021.

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