Published: Mon, December 18, 2017
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Packers lose, and it's probably time to shut down Aaron Rodgers

Packers lose, and it's probably time to shut down Aaron Rodgers

The Packers fell 31-24, seeing their playoff hopes eliminated. He should sit for at least a game.

The Panthers were penalized 15 yards for Davis' blindside hit. I'm disappointed in my performance today.

That isn't how the quarterback's afternoon started, though.

Adams said the Panthers disguised coverages and tried to confuse Rodgers in his first game back.

Rodgers finished the game 26-of-45 passing for 290 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions, the latter of which tied the most he's ever thrown in a game.

Rodgers under threw his receivers on all three interceptions as he struggled to find his best form following surgery.

After a nine-week drought of interceptions for Carolina's starting second-year cornerbacks, both have recorded an interception in the past two weeks.

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. "We just made a lot of plays on the ball".

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But the Panthers defense wasn't done taking advantage of Rodgers. Green Bay's defensive coordinator is Dom Capers, who was the original coach of the Panthers.

Rodgers was intercepted three times, all on underthrown balls.

Rodgers said after the game he didn't feel any rust necessarily, but that he had, "just missed some throws". How about a one-year subscription to the ultimate sports streaming service in Canada, with access to every NFL game, as well as soccer, tennis, hockey and now, Canada's men's and women's national FIBA team.

Several Panthers had a memorable day on offense, including rookie running back Christian McCaffrey - who touched the ball nine times for 60 yards and a receiving touchdown on the Panthers' opening drive of the game - and receiver Damiere Byrd, who caught his first- and second-career touchdown passes in the second half.

The Packers fall to 7-7 and are hanging on for dear life in terms of playoff hopes.

The Panthers (10-4) are the top wild-card contender, while the Falcons and Seahawks each had eight wins coming into the weekend. It's tough to beat good teams on the road when the defense gets sliced and diced like it did again Sunday.

But to get to that point, Carolina needed to stifle Rodgers and the Packers on Sunday - that's exactly what it did, and that's exactly why it won. But Mike McCarthy's team has fallen at the first hurdle. And here's a shout-out to Carolina's secondary, which came up with all four of the Packers' turnovers.

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