Packers take 14-10 lead over Panthers into halftime

Taylor Byrd
December 18, 2017

He finished with 290 yards on 26-of-45.

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.

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For Carolina, Cam Newton threw for 242 yards and four touchdowns, while Greg Olson had nine catches for 116 yards and the one score.

Following Jones' interception, Newton fired an end zone shot to receiver Damiere Byrd that was at first ruled incomplete.

Just like last week, cornerback James Bradberry followed up Worley's pick with one of his own on an underthrown Rodgers ball in the third quarter.

After rushing for 63 yards on 12 carries on Sunday, McCaffrey now has 382 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the season. It ended up paying dividends, with Rodgers throwing all three of his interceptions against the blitz. For Carolina, a win moves them closer to its first playoff appearance since 2015-16.

You don't bring back the two-time NFL MVP thinking he will throw three interceptions. The Pro Bowl quarterback returned Sunday after a two-month with a broken collarbone. He was kept clean on 77 percent of his dropbacks, and had an adjusted completion percentage of 76.0 along with three touchdowns on those plays. With Carolina leading 17-14 in the third quarter, Byrd juggled the pass and grabbed it as he was falling to the ground, appearing at first look to land with his backside half inbounds and half on the endline. The two are tied for the team's lead in sacks with 10, and Peppers became the fourth player in National Football League history with at least 10 seasons with 10 or more sacks. He hit Richard Rodgers for a 24-yard touchdown with 2:43 left, and then the Packers recovered the ensuing onside kick.

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