Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers finds WR Randall Cobb while falling for the 33-yard touchdown near the end of the first half in Carolina. He tossed three unnecessary interceptions after having thrown just three in his previous six games, and now the Packers may be sitting at home in January for the first time in nine years. Kuechly allowed multiple receptions and a score against Green Bay, and Thomas Davis was almost tossed for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Davante Adams, which took him out of the game with a concussion.
Rodgers said it has not exactly been the fairytale season he was hoping for. Adams left the game with a concussion, his second of the season and third in the last 14 months.
How they handle the attention over allegations of Richardson over the next few weeks will be interesting.
-On the very next play, wideout Russell Shepard landed hard on his right shoulder while being interfered with by safety Jermaine Whitehead. And with every hit he took, the Packers had to be holding their breath. Aaron Rodgers threw for 290 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions in the loss, his first game with three interceptions since 2009.
Along with displaying strong velocity on his throws, Rodgers has scrambled three times for 16 yards, twice sliding to avoid contact. I think it's quite likely the National Football League will suspend Davis for a game for that hit - very similar hits have already drawn one-game suspensions this season. "Obviously, I didn't play well".
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. He attempted 45 passes. They trailed by two touchdowns with just over five minutes remaining but somehow ended up with the ball deep in Carolina territory down only seven points with nearly two minutes left.
"Throughout the course of the game, we started to figure out where he wanted to escape", Panthers defensive end Wes Horton said.
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Of course, it wasn't Rodgers who turned it over on what could have been an overtime-forcing drive.
"I told him as soon as we get done with pregame, I'm going to tackle him - just get it out of the way", Van Pelt joked.
The first of Rodgers's trio of picks was the most understandable one.
"We have had a great run around here", Rodgers said.
The Packers recovered the onside kick to set Rodgers up with the chance to tie the game and send it to overtime.
"I think he did a lot of good things", McCarthy said. "That may be why they come in bunches because everyone turns their level of play up to another level".