Moment 40 Heroic Return

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December 29, 2013

Aaron Rodgers returns after missing seven games with a broken collarbone and throws a 48-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb on fourth-and-8 in the game’s final minute to beat the Bears at Soldier Field and give Green Bay its third straight NFC North title.

Cobb was back from a broken bone as well, in his leg, which forced him to miss 10 games. He caught two passes against the Bears, both for touchdowns, the latter coming with 38 seconds left when he blew past safety Chris Conte, who was planted at the first-down marker thinking Cobb would cut his route off there.

On Green Bay’s final drive, which covered 15 plays and 87 yards, two earlier fourth-down conversions kept the Packers alive. On fourth-and-8 from the 48, fullback John Kuhn cut across in front of Rodgers to throw a key block on pass rusher Julius Peppers, freeing Rodgers to step outside the pocket and find Cobb wide open downfield.

The dramatic 33-28 triumph got the Packers into the playoffs, but the thrill was short lived as one week later the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers came to Lambeau Field on a bitterly cold day and beat Green Bay on a walk-off field goal.
  • Heroic Return
    Photo credit: AP / Scott Boehm
  • Heroic Return
    Photo credit: AP / Scott Boehm