The Green Bay Packers withstood another big passing day from the opposing quarterback, this time beating Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers 30-23 on Sunday. The Packers have now allowed 57 points and 851 yards of passing offense, but are still 2-0 on the young season.
Aaron Rodgers and Co. once again did just enough to come away with the victory. Rodgers threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns, and just as importantly did not throw an interception. Rodgers' biggest play was an 84-yard touchdown to Jordy Nelson in the fourth quarter that came just one play after the Packers had forced the Panthers to turn the ball over on downs at the 3-yard line.
It was another frustrating day for Newton, who has now passed for at least 400 yards in both of his NFL starts. Just five other NFL quarterbacks have thrown for at least 400 yards in consecutive games. Newton opened the game by leading the Panthers to a touchdown on their first series and scores on each of their three first-quarter possessions, but his day took a turn for the worse from there. He threw three interceptions and the Panthers turned the ball over four times.
Still, they managed to be in position to tie the game in the fourth quarter. The Panthers were down 23-16 and had the ball inside the Packers' 5-yard line. But Newton was sacked on third down and was then stopped short on fourth to turn the ball over. Two players later, Rodgers hooked up with Nelson to put the game away.