Aaron Rodgers put the NFL on notice with his Week 17 performance


For The Win

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Aaron Rodgers crumpled to the ground.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback scrambled, pulled up short, and threw a touchdown pass. He hobbled off the field with the help of two trainers. Moments later, he headed into the locker room on a cart. With the Packers up 14-7 on the Detroit Lions with the NFC North on the line, Green Bay looked rudderless.

The last time Green Bay fans winced like this, Rodgers was in a State Farm commercial.

At halftime, speculation ran wild. Would Rodgers return? Would the Packers survive? Is there anything worse than the Discount Double Check?

Dan Powers/P-C Media Dan Powers/P-C Media

Those hysterical thoughts were put to rest in the third quarter. Rodgers returned, perfectly lit up like a Lambeau deity. He connected with Randall Cobb to send Green Bay up 21-14 as the third quarter came to a close. In the fourth quarter, Rodgers put the…

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