The first half had the feel of a playoff game, as a Christian McCaffrey-heavy drive put the Panthers up 7-0 on their first offensive possession. And you bring him back because there's hope for the playoffs. Aaron Rodgers threw for 290 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions in the loss, his first game with three interceptions since 2009.
Bradberry was solid throughout the game, as he was targeted 11 times and allowed just six catches for 61 yards and also notched an interception. But Green Bay's final mistake of the day-a Geronimo Allison fumble on a reception deep inside Panthers territory-won the game for Carolina. Defensive tackle Kyle Love pressured Rodgers on a second down in the second quarter, and Rodgers threw the ball near the sideline after seeing Jordy Nelson had tripped up the seam.
Adams was knocked out of the game following a Rodgers interception when Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis made helmet-to-helmet contact with Adams on an illegal crack-back block. Jones saw more playing time on Sunday thanks to Ron Rivera's decision to sit a healthy Captain Munnerlyn after the veteran's complaints about playing time this week. Cornerback Daryl Worley captitalized with his second interception in as many weeks.
Of course, it wasn't Rodgers who turned it over on what could have been an overtime-forcing drive. On third-and-9, Newton scrambled and got the first down by an inch or so, putting the ball near midfield. But a Geronimo Allison fumble ended that threat almost as quickly as it began. The defense can give up 31 points because the offense, with Rodgers, can get 32 points.
- The return of Rodgers did little for Jordy Nelson, who finished with three catches for 28 yards.