Aaron Rodgers strolled onto the field, raised both arms, then emphatically pumped his fist. It was part elation, part relief after the Packers made a 32-yard field goal as time expired to escape the Bears' furious rally and win 30-27 Sunday at Soldier Field.
Rodgers summoned enough magic to help the Packers take control of their destiny in the NFC North. A 60-yard completion to Jordy Nelson against rookie cornerback Cre'Von LeBlanc on third-and-11 with 31 seconds remaining was his abracadabra moment.
With that flick of his arm, Rodgers dealt the Bears one of the cruelest blows in a season with no shortage of them.
The Bears had erased a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit,...