Late rally comes up short as Packers lose second straight
The Packers rallied from a 23 point deficit in the fourth quarter, but Aaron Rodgers was intercepted in the final minutes and the Packers dropped their second straight game, 37-29 in Carolina Sunday afternoon.
Rodgers was being pressured throughout the afternoon, and the Packers defense had difficulty stopping Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who threw three touchdown passes on the day. The defensive frustration boiled over when B.J. Raji shoved Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, who appeared to be exchanging words on the sideline with Julius Peppers.
But Rodgers came alive in the second half, finding Randall Cobb for his first touchdown since September, then connecting with James Starks and Richard Rodgers in the fourth quarter to put the Packers within eight points. After a Damarious Randall interception, the Packers had a chance to tie, but on fourth and goal, Rodgers threw an off-balance prayer that was intercepted.
Rodgers finished the day with 369 passing yards and four scores. He had not lost back-to-back regular season games in the same season since 2010, the year the Packers eventually went to the Super Bowl.
With the win, the Panthers go to 8-0 and remain the only undefeated team in the NFC. Every other team in the conference has at least two losses, including the Packers, who begin a stretch of NFC North games next week when the Detroit Lions come to Lambeau Field.