Published: Mon, December 18, 2017
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Three takeaways from Panthers' win over Packers

Three takeaways from Panthers' win over Packers

Four touchdown passes from quarterback Cam Newton and four takeaways defensively helped the Panthers spoil the return of Packers All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium, as Carolina earned its 10th win of the season by holding off Green Bay for a 31-24 victory. "Guys showed up and made plays today".

Rodgers hit Geronimo Allison on a slant that moved the ball inside the Carolina 30-yard line, but Allison was stripped of the ball by the Panthers' James Bradberry and the game was academic at that point. A fourth-down sack by former Packers defensive end Julius Peppers gave the ball back to the Panthers.

Bradberry also had an interception of Rodgers, and said he plans to put the football in a trophy case.

Rodgers, playing for the first time since breaking his right collarbone on October 15, threw a trio of touchdown passes, but his three turnovers prevented the Packers (7-7) from picking up a win they desperately needed to stay in the NFC playoff hunt.

WR Randall Cobb: He caught seven passes for 84 yards, and his 33-yard, catch-and-run touchdown in the second quarter gave the Packers the lead going into the half. Was it a fumble, or should it have been an incomplete pass? I would expect him to come out and be what he usually is. "I think I got lucky on that one".

"When you look at the stat line, it's hard to overcome the obvious", Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "Coach, don't waste a timeout!' I was like, 'Greg, whose team are you on?'"

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"We have a lot of very high-character guys in this locker room", Olsen said. When another underthrown pass by Rodgers was intercepted by Jones, Adams was wiped out on a block by Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis. Rodgers connected with Geronimo Allison, who was in for Davante Adams (concussion), but the second year wide receiver was stripped near the first down marker.

Davis was flagged, but not ejected for the hit and was visibly remorseful on the sideline.

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers scrambles for a first down on fourth down for a gain of 7 yards during Sunday's matchup with the Panthers. Davis was not available for comment after the game.

After a nine-week drought of interceptions for Carolina's starting second-year cornerbacks, both have recorded an interception in the past two weeks.

The Packers recovered the onside kick to set Rodgers up with the chance to tie the game and send it to overtime. It was still a game, however, because the Panthers turned only one of Rodgers' picks into points.

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