Last season the Carolina Panthers were the worst team in football, but they looked far from that in a 30 to 23 loss against the defending champs. Cam Newton followed up his stellar NFL debut with an outstanding effort against the Green Bay Packers, a game in which the Panthers held 13 to 0 lead.
After the Panthers built a 10 nothing lead, Newton, who threw for 432 yards in the game, led Carolina to the Packers three yard line on a beautiful pass to the tight end Greg Olsen on the right sideline. But to the chagrin of the Carolina faithful, the Packers stood up when it counted the most, as most champions do, holding the Panthers to a field goal and preventing a 17 point deficit.
From that point the Packers rattled off 23 unanswered points, and were able to prevent the Panthers from tying with six minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Packers defense caused turnovers in key situations, and the offense was able to do enough to prevent disaster. Aaron Rodgers had a big day passing for 308 yards and 2 touchdowns.
It has become evident after the first two games of the season, that Cam Newton is going to be a player in this league. It did not appear that Green Bay expected such a strong effort out of him early in this game, but they were able to rein him late and cause him to make several key mistakes leading to points for the Packers. One piece of bad news that game out of this game is that Green Bay lost their ball hawking safety Nick Collins for the season.
The Packers travel to Chicago next week in what should be an excellent matchup in the NFC North Division.
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