CHICAGO – Aaron Rodgers saw James Jones go up for a one-handed touchdown catch and experienced a few flashbacks.
Like they had stepped back in time.
Rodgers threw for three touchdowns, two to Jones, and the Green Bay Packers beat Chicago 31-23 to spoil John Fox's debut as Bears coach Sunday.
The Packers took control down the stretch to beat the Bears for the 10th time in 11 games, including the postseason.
Rodgers improved to 13-3 lifetime against Chicago. The 2014 MVP completed 18 of 23 passes for 189 yards.
Jones, who spent seven seasons in Green Bay before signing with Oakland last year, caught four passes for 51 yards. That included a one-handed grab on a 13-yard score late in the first quarter that left Rodgers flashing back to 2012, when Jones led the league with 14 TD catches.
He added a 1-yarder in the third — a good start after being released by the Raiders in the spring and by the Giants on the final roster cut. With Jordy Nelson (knee) out for the season, the Packers were quick to bring back Jones.
"No disrespect to James, but I don't think it was that out of character," Rodgers said. "Like many other guys that have gone elsewhere and come back, there is a comfort in this offense for guys who have flourished in it at times. And I think that Jones is one of those guys that really feels comfortable on offense."
Added Randall Cobb: "It's amazing he's been cut by two teams in five months. It just makes zero sense to me."
Cobb, hampered late in the preseason by a sprained right shoulder, had 38 yards receiving. He caught a 5-yard touchdown that made it 24-16 early in the fourth quarter, and Clay Matthews sealed the victory by intercepting Jay Cutler at the Green Bay 20 and returning it 48 yards.
Eddie Lacy ran for 85 yards and a late touchdown. Former Bears star Julius Peppers chipped in with 1½ sacks for the four-time defending NFC North champions.
"This is our starting point. This is who we are as a team today," coach Mike McCarthy said. "A lot of good things to go off of, a lot of things we can learn from."
The Bears, essentially starting over under Fox and new General Manager Ryan Pace, kept this one close, though Cutler had a rough afternoon. He was 18-for-36 for 225 yards, with that late interception by Matthews. He also threw a 24-yard touchdown to Martellus Bennett with 34 seconds left, but Green Bay recovered the onside kick.
"Green Bay is a pretty good football team," said Fox, who replaced Marc Trestman in January after the Bears stumbled to a 5-11 record in 2014, dropping their last five games. "We were going to have to be near flawless to beat them and we didn't quite reach that."