It’s been a sub-par season for the Packers, but at least one thing remained constant in 2022: Aaron Rodgers still owns the Bears.
And he won’t let the Bears (or its fans) forget it.
The Packers signal-caller added another chapter of misery for the Bears in their Week 13 meeting on Sunday, completing 18 of 31 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown.
To cap it all off, Green Bay outscored Chicago 18-0 in the fourth quarter.
Rodgers completed a successful 2-point conversion to Marcedes Lewis with 1:01 left to play, making the score 28-19 in favor of the visiting team, putting the game out of reach. Following the successful conversion, Rodgers gave a little nonverbal jab to the home crowd, saluting the Bears faithful at Soldier Field:
“There’s probably a lot of people who felt good at 19-10… so did I,” Aaron Rodgers said postgame.
Of course, Rodgers has a notable history of mutual dislike with the Bears. In last year’s home game vs. Chicago, Rodgers offered a pointed reminder to Bears fans who braved the trip to Lambeau Field:
“I still own you!” he yelled at Bears fans. “I still own you!”
That didn’t change this season, as the Packers advanced to 2-0 over the Bears with scores of 27-10 in Week 2 and 28-19 in Week 13. With that, Rodgers’ record vs. his NFC North rivals improved to 24-5 for his career.
Additionally, this win had historical significance tied to it.
The win gives the Packers the all-time lead in wins with 787.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) December 4, 2022
This is the 1st time since 1921 the Bears did not own at least a share of the all-time wins lead. The Packers are the first team other than the Bears to own the outright lead since the Buffalo All-Americans (18 wins)
“We’ve had a tremendous amount of success during my time against them,” Rodgers said. “I’ve enjoyed playing here, there’s a lot of memories here. It’s been a special rivalry that I’ve been able to be apart of.”
Also important, Green Bay improved to 5-8 on the season while dropping Chicago to 3-10.
Unfortunately, the win is unlikely to do much for Green Bay’s playoff hopes at 5-8, barring a four-game win streak to end the season and significant help from wild-card teams ahead of Green Bay in the NFC playoffs race (the Vikings have all but clinched the NFC North title).
Even if there was little more than bragging rights on the line for Rodgers between the Bears, it’s clear that still meant a lot to him. It also gave Chicago even more hate fuel for the deservedly cocky Packers quarterback.
“It’s part of the legacy,” Rodgers said.
“You always want to leave the place you’re at better than the way you found it.”