Cam Newton taunts Packers before throwing TD pass

18 December, 2017, 03:52 | Author: Cary Erickson
  • Cam Newton taunts Packers before throwing TD pass

A dominant Carolina Panthers shut down Aaron Rodgers on his return to action from a collarbone injury, forcing him into three interceptions and all but ending the Green Bay Packers' playoff hopes. Again it came on an underthrown ball, as Rodgers rolled to his right and couldn't get enough air under the ball to Jordy Nelson. Was it a fumble, or should it have been an incomplete pass? After halftime, the Panthers took the lead back with a seven-play, 73-yard touchdown as Newton hit a wide-open Greg Olsen on a busted coverage.

Despite all of that, Green Bay stayed in the game until the very end. Trailing by 7 with 2:41 left in the game, the Packers recovered an onside kick.

Rodgers, in his first game back after suffering a broken collarbone on October 15, tried to rally his team from a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers.

Rodgers' rust showed on some errant passes, and definitely on his three interceptions.

Olsen, who spent eight games on injured reserve with a fractured foot and missed the next game and a half with soreness in the foot, looked a shell of himself in last week's win against Minnesota with no catches on one target. He hadn't played since suffering the broken collarbone during an October 15 loss at Minnesota.

The rookie scored the opening touchdown of the game on a seven-yard pass from Newton on Carolina's first drive.

On the march, McCaffrey accounted for 40 receiving yards on four catches and rushed for 20 yards on five attempts.

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His first touchdown went to Davante Adams as the Packers tied the game at 7-7 in the first quarter.

Graham Gano's 33-yard field goal gave the Panthers a 10-7 lead in the second quarter. But those were empty possessions the Packers couldn't afford.

The Panthers turned one of Rodgers' three interceptions into points, as a third quarter pick by Colin Jones led to Byrd's first touchdown reception.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers did some good things, but it's hard to win when you turn the ball over four times.

NOTES: Panthers RG Trai Turner missed the game after going into the concussion protocol during the week. With QB Aaron Rodgers activated, QB Joe Callahan was waived Saturday. Old friend Julius Peppers took down Rodgers for the sack, stopping the drive that moved all the way to the Carolina 21-yard line without scoring.

The Seahawks lost Sunday, while the Falcons play Monday night. The veteran recorded nine catches for 116 yards, his most since Week 5 of a year ago against Tampa Bay.

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