Cam Newton ruins Aaron Rodgers' return and ends Packers playoff hopes

Posted December 18, 2017

It didn't help that Green Bay's porous offensive line gave up two sacks and five quarterback hits. At just 7-6, many would think the Packers wouldn't stand a chance against Carolina given how Green Bay has played in recent weeks.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was intercepted three times Sunday in a 31-24 loss to the Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Rodgers's mobility is a huge weapon, and him escaping the pocket and making throws like that on the run is a terrifying thought for the rest of the league.

Despite his rocky performance, Rodgers was able to lead a minute-long drive with three minutes remaining to bring his team back to within seven, and there was late drama when McCaffrey couldn't hold onto the onside kick and the Packers recovered with more than enough time to win the game.

Green Bay responded to lead 14-10 at half-time with Rodgers finding Davante Adams for a 13-yard touchdown and then Randall Cobb on a 33-yard score.

His opposite number Cam Newton threw four touchdown passes in a 31-24 win for the Panthers.

Winning out seems realistic with the way the offense came to life with the reemergence of tight end Greg Olsen as a weapon and possibly the coming-out party of rookie running back Christian McCaffrey. 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. Byrd had bobbled the pass, which could have been intercepted had Packers safety HaHa Clinton-Dix simply turned to look for the ball.

He finished the game with nine catches for 116 yards and a touchdown. Bush caught 88 passes for 742 yards and two touchdowns for the Saints in 2006. The Panthers got four touchdowns and zero turnovers from Cam Newton and 151 total yards rushing.