Sunday, December 29, 2013
Rodgers' heads-up play leads to unusual TD
By Rob Demovsky
CHICAGO -- The Green Bay Packers hoped quarterback Aaron Rodgers' return would have a positive impact on Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.
But this probably isn't what they had imagined.
Rodgers, in his first game since he broke his collarbone on Nov. 4, helped the Packers to a touchdown -- but not with his arm or his legs. Instead, he did it by telling receiver Jarrett Boykin to pick up a live ball and run it into the end zone after he was sacked in the second quarter by Julius Peppers.
While most on the field -- and in the stands at Soldier Field -- thought it was an incomplete pass because the ball went forward, there was no whistle by anyone on referee Clete Blakeman's officiating crew.
The ball came to rest at the Bears' 15-yard line and remained there for a few seconds. Rodgers alertly ran over to Boykin and told him to pick up the ball. Boykin ran untouched into the end zone for an unlikely touchdown that put the Packers ahead 10-7 with 3:28 remaining in the first half.
That was the Packers' only touchdown of the first half.
Rodgers completed 14 of 22 passes for 145 yards but threw two interceptions. Still, the Packers led 13-7 at halftime of a game that will determine the NFC North winner.