GREEN BAY — The Panthers got on the board in the waning seconds of the first half, but the Packers dominated to the tune of a 28-3 halftime lead on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
The Packers were stopped for the first time on the day on their fourth possession, going three-and-out. QB Aaron Rodgers threw his 182nd consecutive pass without an INT, the longest streak of his career and the second-longest in team history.
Carolina finally got moving a bit on offense, picking up two first downs, but were forced to punt from midfield. The punt rolled dead at the Green Bay 6.
The Packers proceeded to go 94 yards in nine plays for another score. Back-to-back runs of 10 and 11 yards by RB Eddie Lacy got the offense moving, and then WR Randall Cobb broke loose on a short pass and turned it into a 46-yard gain into the red zone. On third-and-12, Rodgers scrambled 16 yards to make it first-and-goal on the 3, and Rodgers then hit Cobb for the TD to make it 28-0 with 4:07 left in the half.
Another three-and-out for the Packers defense, coming this time when S Micah Hyde tackled TE Greg Olsen in the open field on third-and-10, gave the offense one more drive in the half. Following Cobb’s 24-yard punt return, the Packers started on their own 39.
The offense went nowhere, though, as RB James Starks was brought down for a loss on third-and-1, forcing a punt at the two-minute warning.
Carolina put together its best drive of the day, getting two receptions from Olsen, a 32-yard grab by WR Kelvin Benjamin and two rushes by QB Cam Newton to get a 33-yard FG on the final play of the half.
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