Jordan Love carries on Aaron Rodgers’ tradition of ‘owning’ the Bears after throwing three touchdown passes in Packers’ season-opening win
- Love spent three years waiting for this moment behind four-time MVP Rodgers
- The 24-year-old had only previously started once against Kansas City in 2021
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Jordan Love kept telling himself he and his Packers teammates were going to begin his first NFL season as a starter off the right foot by getting a season-opening win and he backed himself by defeating Green Bay’s arch rivals in the first game of the post-Aaron Rodgers era on Sunday.
Love looked like he might be ready to follow in Rodgers and Brett Favre’s footsteps, throwing for three touchdowns to lead the Packers to a 38-20 away victory over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
Love spent three years waiting for this moment behind four-time MVP Rodgers, who completed a blockbuster trade to the New York Jets in April. He shook off a slow first half and helped propel the Packers to a lopsided win.
‘It feels great,’ Love said. ‘It feels great. It’s definitely been a long time coming for me – three years as a backup. Just watching, learning and growing, seeing this team work. It feels good to be out there leading those guys and being out there playing with them, finally. And to come away with a dub, it’s just what we wanted.’
Aaron Jones ran for a touchdown and caught one, helping the Packers pull away in the second half for their ninth straight win over the Bears.
Packers first-year QB Jordan Love threw three TDs in a memorable display against the Bears
Love, 24, completed 15 of 27 passes for 245 yards and posted a 123.2 rating against Chicago
Green Bay was 25-5 against Chicago with Rodgers, including an NFC championship game win at Soldier Field in the 2010 season, and the Packers were 22-10 in games Favre started.
For the Bears, it was more of a same for a team that went 3-14 to set a franchise record for losses last season. Chicago came into the season expecting major improvement after a series of offseason upgrades.
Love completed 15 of 27 passes for 245 yards and posted a 123.2 rating. His only previous start was a loss at Kansas City in 2021 when Rodgers was sidelined with COVID-19.
‘I couldn’t be more proud of just his performance, his poise, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said.
‘There’s a big-time belief in that locker room for Jodan Love, and I think the guys are gonna rally around him. They’re excited for him. They love him. They respect him.’
Love (L) served as a backup to now-Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (R) for three seasons
Jones caught two passes for 86 yards. He turned a screen into a 51-yard gain that led to a scoring run for him in the third, and added a 35-yard touchdown off a short pass on the next drive.
Romeo Doubs had two touchdown catches. Quay Walker returned an interception 37 yards for a TD, and the Packers won for the 13th time in 14 games at Soldier Field.
General manager Brian Gutekunst hugged Love in the tunnel and high-fived other players. Loud cheering and clapping could be heard in the Packers’ locker room, and someone yelled, ‘I wanna stay here all night!’
The Bears lost their 11th straight game overall, and their 10th in a row against NFC North opponents.
‘You’ve just got to let truth soak in,’ safety Eddie Jackson said. ‘As much as it hurts, as bad as it feels we’ve got to come out, there’s still 16 more games left. We’ve got to come out tomorrow, look at the film, put the corrections in and just have that in our mindset that we can’t ever let that happen again.’
Questions about Justin Fields’ ability to become the passer the Bears desperately need have resurfaced from last season following Chicago’s 38-20 home loss to its arch rivals
Fields was 24 of 37 for 216 yards. He had a touchdown pass and an interception in a performance that did little to answer biggest question hanging over the team: Can he become the passer the Bears need him to be?
Fields also ran for 59 yards.
Prized acquisition DJ Moore was targeted just twice and had two catches for 25 yards. Darnell Mooney added 53 yards receiving and a TD.
‘This game was hyped up and we didn´t bring the juice and hype to the party today and we lost,’ Moore said.
Up next, the Packers visit Atlanta next Sunday, while the Bears will travel tot Tampa Bay next Sunday.