Rodgers outduels Newton as Pack hold off Panthers

 

Rodgers threw for 308 yards and two scores, while the Packers withstood a 432-yard passing day from the No. 1 overall draft pick to beat the Panthers 30-23 on Sunday. A week after throwing for 422 yards -- the most in league history by a rookie in his professional debut -- Newton topped himself by throwing for a franchise single-game record. He passed for one touchdown and also ran for a 4-yard score with 37 seconds left to bring Carolina (0-2) within seven, but the Packers (2-0) recovered the onside kick to seal the victory.
"I knew he would be good, but if I told you I knew he'd be this good this early, I'd be lying to you," said Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji, who had one of four sacks of Newton. "He doesn't get frustrated. We threw a lot of stuff at him today and he was able to sit back there and make some of the plays they needed." While Newton racked up the big yards, Rodgers was the one to direct his team to a victory. He found Greg Jennings for a 49-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter, the go-ahead score in a run of 23 straight points to erase an early 13-0 deficit.
Then, after Clay Matthews stopped Newton a yard shy of the marker on a fourth-down run inside the 5, Rodgers found Jordy Nelson for an 84-yard touchdown that made it a two-possession game and helped the Packers hang on. While Newton had another big yardage day, the Packers' defense came up big by forcing the rookie into three interceptions -- two by Charles Woodson. Matthews' stop came as Newton and the Panthers were closing in on a tying touchdown. 
Two plays later, Rodgers found Nelson on the left side, and the receiver sprinted down the sideline and all the way to the end zone to push the lead to 30-16 with 2:14 left.
Newton went on to crack the 400-yard mark on the ensuing possession, finding Steve Smith deep over the middle for a 62-yard pass before capping the drive with his scoring run. He completed 28 of 46 passes and showed plenty of mobility -- he made Matthews miss on tackles at least three times -- and finished as Carolina's top rusher with 53 yards.
Rodgers said he told Newton afterward that he was impressed by the rookie's play. 
Newton couldn't have asked for a better start in his home debut in front of a crowd loudly cheering his every move and hoping he'll reverse the franchise's sagging fortunes. He threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell on his first drive. Then, after a fumbled kickoff return by Randall Cobb, Newton directed the first of two field-goal drives to take the 13-0 lead. But Rodgers and the Packers offense -- which spent most of the first quarter on the sideline -- finally got in rhythm while Newton started making mistakes.
His first came late in the second quarter by throwing to Smith in double coverage, with Woodson diving in front of Smith near the sideline for the interception. His second interception came when he tried to throw against pressure from Matthews, with Woodson jumping in front of Smith for a second pick. On the third, Newton simply overthrew an open Legedu Naanee and the ball ended up in the arms of safety Morgan Burnett near midfield late in the third quarter. 

Rodgers threw for 308 yards and two scores, while the Packers withstood a 432-yard passing day from the No. 1 overall draft pick to beat the Panthers 30-23 on Sunday. A week after Cheap NFL jerseys throwing for 422 yards -- the most in league history by a rookie in his professional debut -- Newton topped himself by throwing for a franchise single-game record. He passed for one touchdown and also ran for a 4-yard score with 37 seconds left to bring Carolina (0-2) within seven, but the Packers (2-0) recovered the onside kick to seal the victory."I knew he would be good, but if I told you I knew he'd be this good this early, I'd be lying to you," said Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji, who had one of four sacks of Newton. "He doesn't get frustrated. We threw a lot of stuff at him today and he was able to sit back there and make some of the plays they needed." While Newton racked up the big yards, Rodgers Replica NFL Jerseys was the one to direct his team to a victory. He found Greg Jennings for a 49-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter, the go-ahead score in a run of 23 straight points to erase an early 13-0 deficit.Then, after Clay Matthews stopped Newton a yard shy of the marker on a fourth-down run inside the 5, Rodgers found Jordy Nelson for an 84-yard touchdown that made it a two-possession game and helped the Packers hang on. While Newton had another big yardage day, the Packers' defense came up big by forcing the rookie into three interceptions -- two by Charles Woodson. Matthews' stop came as Newton and the Panthers were closing in on a tying touchdown. Two plays later, Rodgers found Nelson on the left side, and the receiver sprinted down the sideline and all the way to the end zone to push the lead to 30-16 with 2:14 left.Newton went on to crack the 400-yard mark on the ensuing possession, finding Steve Smith deep over the middle for a 62-yard pass before capping the drive with his scoring run. He completed 28 of 46 passes and showed plenty of mobility -- he made Matthews miss on tackles at least three times -- and finished as Carolina's top rusher with 53 yards.Rodgers said he told Newton afterward that he was impressed by the rookie's play. Newton couldn't have asked for a better start in his home debut in front of a crowd loudly cheering his every move and hoping he'll reverse the franchise's sagging fortunes. He threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell on his first drive. Then, after a fumbled kickoff return by Randall Cobb, Newton directed the first of two field-goal drives to take the 13-0 lead. But Rodgers and the Packers offense -- which spent most of the first quarter on the sideline -- finally got in rhythm while Newton started making mistakes.His first came late in the second quarter by throwing to Smith in double coverage, with Woodson diving in front of Smith near the sideline for the interception. His second interception came when he tried to throw against pressure from Matthews, with Woodson jumping in front of Smith for a second pick. On the third, Newton simply overthrew an open Legedu Naanee and the ball ended up in the arms of safety Morgan Burnett near midfield late in the third quarter. 

 

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