The Packers won the toss and elected to defer their choice to the second half. Carolina began its first possession at its 30-yard line. Right away, the Panthers turned to their running game. Three straight runs moved the sticks.
A one-handed catch by Greg Olsen produced a 23-yard gain to the Packers 33-yard line. Newton then scrambled for 23 yards to the 10. A pass to Jerricho Cotchery carried to the 3, a Mike Tolbert run gained one and on third-and-goal Newton threw the ball away. Graham Gano kicked a 20-yard field goal, 7-0, with 10:12 to play in the first quarter.
Green Bay began its first possession at its 25. A third-down sack forced a three-and-out.
Following a 15-yard punt return by Micah Hyde, the Packers had the ball at their 35-yard line. Aaron Rodgers gained a first down with a 18-yard toss to Aaron Ripkowski. On third-and-12, Rodgers completed a 13-yard pass to Davante Adams at the Panthers 36.
Consecutive runs by James Starks gained 13 yards, and Rodgers followed with a 4-yard pass to Adams. On second-and-6, Starks broke loose over right tackle and gained 15 yards to the 4-yard line. Eddie Lacy carried to the 1. On the next play, Rodgers threw to Richard Rodgers for a touchdown, 7-3, with :55 to play in the first quarter.
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