Not only did the Bears win the game by a score of 27-20, but they also knocked Aaron Rodgers off the field for most of the game as well as the foreseeable future.
According to ESPN.com news services, Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone during the first quarter and will be sidelined indefinitely.
As the most efficient passer in league history, Rodgers' injury represents a serious obstacle for a team in the midst of another title quest.
Although no player could ever fully replace Rodgers' experience in the system, the balance of Monday's game clearly illustrated that Seneca Wallace is nowhere near up to the task.
With Rodgers injured, the season has effectively become one cataclysmic broken play. And there's no player, maybe in the entire history of the NFL, that can handle a broken play better than former Packer quarterback Brett Favre.
This story has set itself up so beautifully that it may have been written by a higher power. The next step is for Packers GM Ted Thompson to step up and hit this meatball out of the park.
With a single personnel move, Ted Thompson could eliminate all the bad blood that ever existed between the Packers and their former quarterback Brett Favre.
All Thompson needs to do is swallow his pride and invite Favre back for the stretch of time that Rodgers is on the sidelines. And by invite, I mean do whatever is necessary to get him on the field for Green Bay.
Such a move would be earth-shattering, and only build on the incredible legacy and tradition of one of the most decorated football teams in NFL history.
By coming to the aid of his former team at a time of need, Brett Favre would also placate the ill-will of any fans that still hold a grudge against him. And then some.
Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers clearly took a step forward in their relationship when they served as co-presenters at the NFL Awards in New Orleans this past February. Ted Thompson could cross the threshold of that same bridge by making a single phone call.
And the time for that call is right now.
The team has been actively discussing the retirement of Favre's number and in order to do that he would need to re-sign with the team anyway. A retirement ceremony couldn't be held at a more opportune time than the day Favre would officially pass the reins back to Aaron Rodgers after returning from injury.
The worst possible outcome is that the Packers lose all of their games while Favre is substituting for Rodgers. A reality that may come to pass even if Favre doesn't return to the team -- especially with Seneca Wallace behind center.
It's difficult to imagine a scenario in which the electricity at Lambeau Field could be any more powerful than the moment Brett Favre retakes the field with the intention of saving the team's 2013 season.
Without question, such a story would captivate the NFL and all of its followers. The new dimension it would add to Favre's legacy would likely make him unsurpassable in terms of historical name recognition.
In addition to bringing back Brett Favre, the team also needs to claim and sign Matt Flynn. Favre's duty would be to find a way to win games with Rodgers on the sidelines. Flynn's role would be to serve as Rodger's permanent back-up, probably at a very reasonable cost. A role he excelled at when he was previously in Green Bay -- no matter his struggles elsewhere in the interim.
Like him or not, Brett Favre put Green Bay and the state of Wisconsin back on the football map the instant he took the field as the Packers' starting quarterback.
It's time to bring the old gunslinger back for one last rodeo.
The Green Bay Packers need Favre's magic right now more than ever. And the state of Wisconsin does too. A state that's dealt with too much bad blood in recent years, ranging from Favre's departure to a recent Governor's recall election. A state that now needs something truly special to rally and unify its residents.
It's time, Wisconsin, to make some noise again. And you, Ted Thompson, are in a position to catalyze it.
The sonic-boom from such a move would resonate across Wisconsin and the NFL for decades to come. And at minimum, bringing Brett Favre back would force a reunion that's long overdue.
And that's almost reason enough on its own.
Andrew Prochnow is a derivatives trader by day and a Green Bay Packers fan by night. He is a regular contributor at Yahoo Sports and The Bleacher Report. Tweet him @AndrewProchnow.
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