Packers QB Rodgers' return marred by turnovers

18 December, 2017, 03:20 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • The Packers Racewalked After Scoring A Touchdown

But the rookie but also fumbled away an onside kick in the last three minutes to give Green Bay a chance to tie the game.

The Carolina Panthers' Damiere Byrd catches a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter aagnst the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Earlier, Newton's 30-yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen on the opening possession of the second half enabled the Panthers to regain the lead at 17-14.

DL Kenny Clark: He finished with a season-high eight tackles. He also rushed for 43 yards on six carries, including one that resulted in a fourth-down conversion. The first time he threw three picks in one game since 2009.

The 7-7 Packers will be officially eliminated if the Atlanta Falcons beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night, according to NFL Research.

Running back Christian McCaffrey was the focal point of Carolina's first drive, with his 7-yard reception accounting for a touchdown to complete a 15-play, 85-yard drive.

"It's going to take getting out there, getting that first pass, getting that first hit", Rodgers said this week. "I felt good all week".

- It's also nearly impossible to win on the road with four giveaways and zero takeaways.

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On the very next series Rodgers was intercepted by Panthers corner Daryl Worley, as Rodgers tried to hit Adams with an off-balance throw under heavy pressure in the pocket. The Green Bay Packers under Rodgers have been known to make miracle runs to the playoffs late in the season, and people wondered if he would again "run the table".

The second interception was purely on Rodgers, who underthrew a seam route into the waiting arms of a trailing Colin Jones, who played more snaps Sunday filling in for an injured Shaq Thompson. Speaking of sitting, his hit on Adams is flawless evidence for why the National Football League needs a better system for ejecting a player after an illegal hit.

But the Packers couldn't keep up defensively after regaining its composure a bit in the second quarter. And he made several big plays after Adams departed. And Rodgers got hit a lot.

The Panthers listened all week to the hubbub surrounding the return of Aaron Rodgers. He remained a non-factor for an offense that really needed a go-to receiver once Adams exited the game.

-Rodgers is famous for fooling defenses with his cadence, but Newton had the Packers guessing all day long. It's a conversation worth having.

Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said he would discuss Rodgers' status for the remainder of the season during the week.

- Up next: The Packers head back home to welcome the Minnesota Vikings, the newly christened NFC North champions.

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