Aaron Rodgers’ brilliant ‘embrace’ with Mike Pettine summed up Green Bay’s dominant defensive display
A pumped-up Aaron Rodgers went straight over to Mike Pettine to give the Packers defensive coordinator a congratulatory shove after their win in Chicago last night.
Green Bay's defence completely shut down the Chicago Bears offence, giving up just one field goal in a 10-3 victory in the NFL season-opener.
The Packers defenders had the upper hand all night at Soldier Field and the home fans began to boo their team as early as the second quarter.
And, given Green Bay's own offensive struggles last night, their defensive dominance was not lost on Rodgers.
As the Packers celebrated a sack on quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in the dying seconds of the fourth quarter to seal the win, Rodgers went looking for Pettine.
The Green Bay quarterback was filled with adrenaline and gave Pettine a celebratory push for his defence's display.
Pettine, who is in his second season as Packers defensive coordinator, was also mobbed by members of his side as time expired.
Rodgers said: "It was fun to watch. It's been a long time since I've seen a performance like that.
"Obviously, a lot of credit to Mike Pettine and his staff, but to those players, just incredible.
"We didn't do them a whole lot of favours with our performance on offence. I mean every time we needed something a stop, they came up with some really big plays."
Rodgers threw the only touchdown pass of the game when he found tight end Jimmy Graham with an eight-yard reception early in the second quarter.
Mason Crosby's 39-yard field goal in the fourth quarter extended Green Bay's lead to seven points, and their defence held off any Chicago attempts at a comeback.
The Bears only managed a first-quarter field goal from Eddy Pineiro, and head coach Matt Nagy admitted: "Three points is ridiculous. Any Chicago Bears fan should be upset."