Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a trademark celebration that players on the opposing team sometimes like to throw back in his face. Chicago Bears defensive end Robert Quinn did Rodgers’ belt celebration after a sack on Sunday and, once again, learned the hard way that doing this never turns out well.
Robert Quinn did Aaron Rodgers’ ‘Discount Double Check’ celebration and paid the price
The Chicago Bears came out fired up against their division-rival Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football in Week 14.
Less than two months earlier, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers came into Soldier Field and handily beat the home team. Worse yet, after getting some less-than-positive feedback from Bears fans, Rodgers screamed his now-famous, “I still own you!” line to the Chicago faithful.
The 2021 Monsters of the Midway looked to get revenge in a primetime Lambeau Field showdown late in the season.
The game started as well as it could have for the Bears. They went up 10-0 and weathered the Packers comeback attempts to take a 27-21 lead into halftime.
One of the plays of the first half was a sack by Bears defensive end Robert Quinn. The Pro Bowl candidate — who’s tied for third in the NFL this season for most sacks with 14.0 — took down Rodgers for a big loss less than five minutes into the game.
The former North Carolina Tar Heel jumped up and did Rodger’s own belt celebration, aka the Discount Double Check, right in the QB’s face.
As Rodgers has pointed out in the past, mocking his trademarked celebration never ends well for the player doing it or his team.
For a while, it looked like Quinn might be the first to get away with it. However, Rodgers and the Packers outscored the Bears 24-3 in the second half. This brought the Packers’ 2021 record to 10-3 and kept Rodgers’ personal record against his mockers undefeated.
Rodgers again noted that mocking his celebration doesn’t end well
Aaron Rodgers joins the Pat McAfee Show every Tuesday and, just four Tuesdays ago, he told the defenders of the NFL not to mock his belt celebration.
Much-maligned Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams did it in Week 10, and Rodgers and the Packers responded with a 17-0 beat down. After Robert Quinn’s most recent transgression, Rodgers had to tell Pat McAfee and company again that, although Quinn almost got away with it, hitting him with the Discount Double Check is not a good idea:
I really thought this was going to go one of two ways. That was not a good decision, or the narrative would be somebody finally did the belt and backed it up, and they got after us. It’s been pretty one-sided, though, I think for the most part. I’m glad people aren’t getting hurt doing it anymore, but it’s been pretty one-sided. … There’s not many guys that have their own celebration that people just love to throw back in your face.Arron Rodgers on Robert Quinn’s belt celebration
The injury the Packers QB is referring to happened to the first player ever to give Rodgers belt celebration back to him. In 2014, Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch did the belt celebration while jumping in the air. When he landed, he tore his ACL.
The moral of the story is simple. And it goes out to Quinn and Tulloch and Adams and Chandler Jones and anyone else who thinks it would be cool to sack the reigning NFL MVP then bust out his own belt celebration: don’t do it.
It won’t end well. It never does. And you’ll likely be embarrassed in the process.
The Packers now have the inside track for the No. 1 seed in the NFC
With the Green Bay Packers win over the Chicago Bears, coupled with a Los Angeles Rams victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football, Aaron Rodgers’ crew currently holds home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
In a conference where all the other top teams are from warm weather cities (Rams, Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Dallas Cowboys), hosting an NFC Divisional Round Game on the weekend of Jan. 22-23 and possibly an NFC Championship Game on Jan. 30, would be a major coup.
If the Packers win out, they will get the conference’s only bye and that distinct Lambeau advantage. That looks like a good possibility with the last four teams on their schedule.
In Weeks 15 and 16, the team faces the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns. Both teams have injured QBs who may or may not even play in their games against Rodgers.
Week 17 brings the toughest matchup. It’s another Sunday night divisional matchup, this time against the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are one of the three teams to beat the Packers this season. Minnesota took down Green Bay 34-31 in Week 11. This rematch will be in Wisconsin, though.
Finally, the Packers wrap up with the 1-11-1 Detroit Lions. As hard as head coach Dan Campbell gets them to play, it’s hard to imagine a lot of Lions’ suitcases not being packed and ready to go to the airport ahead of the Week 18 matchup.
Running the table in the regular season won’t only get the Packers home-field advantage. It might also mean we’ll get to see Rodgers belt celebration by the man himself in Super Bowl 56.
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