After that, it was Mack and the defense that took center stage.
Packers: Host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. So there's that. One of the most impressive things about this is that Pettine had the success that he did with just three safeties; both Josh Jones and Raven Greene were inactive. "Cool game, but you got to finish. Something we can definitely learn from". He was welcomed to Chicago with great fanfare and billed as the star this team needed.
Sunday marked the first time in franchise history that the Packers won after trailing by 17-plus points entering the fourth quarter, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
"When he came back in the second half I was like, 'Bet, '" said Lewis, who played the first 12 years of his career for the Jaguars.
"In the first half [Mack] was pretty much what we thought", said coach Matt Nagy. "He's doing well. He's feeling good, making plays and making big-time plays".
The Bears came into this game planning to have Mack limit his workload after missing the entire preseason in a holdout with the Raiders. Vic Fangio and Chicago's defense had it all their way. On his first play, Mack lined up at edge rusher and pushed through Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga, which forced Rodgers to throw the ball away.
And especially because how very bad the Packers played in the first half.
He returned for the Packers' first drive of the third quarter, with 9:10 left. All three of those touchdowns came in the fourth quarter. It's part of what makes him such a special player.
After the Bears offered one of those three and outs following the fumble, Mack left nothing to doubt intercepting Kizer thanks to a huge rush from Roy Robertson-Harris and taking it to the end zone for a 17-0 lead. The debut of Mack was spoiled with a crushing loss.
NBC flashed a graphic saying Mack was the first player to record a sack, interception, touchdown, forced fumble and fumble recovery in a single half - it also said since 1982, but that's the year the National Football League started keeping sacks as a statistic, so Mack could be the only player ever to do that in one half. "I wanted to come back and make an impact". But you want to win these games.