Point of emphasis: Matthews knows the margin for error is smaller than ever for National Football League pass rushers, which made his personal foul in the waning moments of Sunday night's game even more hard to swallow.
The team doctor had checked out his left knee after the Green Bay Packers quarterback was carted off the field in the second quarter. It wasn't much different following a game against the Cardinals at Soldier Field early in his second season. It took a super-hero performance from Rodgers, an underrated effort from the defense and big-time production from the top three receivers to get it done Sunday night at Lambeau Field.
Many on Twitter were distraught over this development, especially after Rodgers missed so much time previous year with his collarbone injury. "It would have had to take something really catastrophic injury-wise to keep me off the field in the second half". Khalil Mack and the Bears defense dominated the first half, with new acquisition Mack scoring a TD on a pick-six a drive after stealing the ball from backup QB DeShone Kizer like taking candy from a baby.
Bears: The Bears played a near-perfect first half which gave them a chance to win the game, however, it was not to be as multiple errors and a dropped interception cost the Bears late.
"No, I'm planning on playing", Rodgers said.
But despite the instant impact of Mack, the Bears squandered a 20-0 lead with Rodgers - also the recipient of a record contract - pushing the Packers to an epic comeback. I was thinking about walking from the tunnel out all the way to the sideline, but I figured I might as well jog a little bit to let Doc McKenzie know I could do that because I hadn't done that yet in the bowels of the stadium here.
Mitchell Trubisky was 23 of 35 for 171 yards.
"Well, this is what we're paid to do", Rodgers said.
Mack was everywhere, it seemed, as the Bears knocked Rodgers from the game. "You want to come out and win these games and that's the only thing that matters".
Stepping up: Jamaal Williams led the Packers with 47 rushing yards against Chicago, but perhaps made his biggest play of the night on Rodgers' 51-yard pass to Davante Adams in the third quarter.
Mack finished the game with three total tackles - two solo - the sack and fumble recovery.