Green Bay's incredible come-from-behind victory over the Chicago Bears in the 2018 regular-season opener was recognized as 'Moment of the Year' Saturday night at the NFL Honors in Atlanta. Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre presented the nominees and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was on hand to accept.
"It's great to share the stage, once again at the NFL Honors with Brett Favre, who was a mentor of mine as a young player," Rodgers said. "I watched you do this many times when I was a kid and then as a teammate for three years, buddy.
"Thank you to my teammates. 'Cobby' for finishing that thing off. Thank you to the fans. The ovation I got when I got back up on the field was something I'll never forget."
In the Week 1 thriller, Rodgers was carted to the locker room in the first half with a knee injury. By the time Rodgers unexpectedly received medical clearance and returned to the game in the third quarter, the Packers found themselves staring at a 20-0 deficit. Rodgers threw touchdown passes on three consecutive drives in spite of the injury, spurring the dramatic turnaround.
The game-winning play was a 75-yard touchdown to Randall Cobb, who weaved through traffic en route to the tying score. After the extra point put the Packers in the lead for the first time all night, Green Bay's defense held firm. Nick Perry helped clinch the 24-23 victory with a crucial fourth down strip-sack that was recovered by Kenny Clark.
Rodgers completed 20-of-30 passes for 286 yards, three touchdowns and a 130.7 passer rating.
Rodgers has been victorious several times at NFL Honors, dating back to the inaugural 2011 award show.
- 2011: AP NFL Most Valuable Player
- 2014: AP NFL Most Valuable Player
- 2014: FedEx Air Player of the Year
- 2015: NFL Play of the Year ("Miracle in Motown": Game-winning Hail Mary pass vs. Detroit Lions)
Rodgers also was named FedEx Air Player of the Year in 2010, prior to the inception of NFL Honors.
In his closing acceptance remarks, Rodgers quipped, "And As 'Favrey' knows, there's nothing like beating the Bears."
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers took home the 'Moment of the Year' award at NFL Honors in Atlanta on Saturday.