Green Bay Packers (5-2) 38, Carolina Panthers (3-3-1) 17
Sunday October 19th 2014 (at Green Bay)
GAME RECAP (SportsNetwork.com)
(GREEN BAY) - Aaron Rodgers extended a historic streak and the Green Bay Packers continued their dominance in the month of October with a 38-17 shellacking of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Rodgers completed 19-of-22 passes for 255 yards and three scores, joining Tom Brady as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with four straight games of three touchdown passes and no interceptions. Rodgers, who hasn't been intercepted since Week 1 in Seattle, also extended a personal-best streak to 192 pass attempts without a pick. Randall Cobb caught six passes for 121 yards and a touchdown, and Jordy Nelson made four catches for 80 yards and a score. The Packers (5-2) have now won 10 straight games in October and 16 of their last 17. "I thought the quarterback play was outstanding today and I thought, really, offensively, we did exactly what we wanted to do," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. Fresh off a career-high 17 rushes for a season-best 107 yards, Cam Newton was bottled up by Green Bay's defense. Newton threw for 205 yards with a touchdown and an interception and added just 41 yards on the ground in the humbling setback. Carolina (3-3-1), which tied the Bengals last week, has just one win in its last five games. Rodgers was picked off by Roman Harper on Green Bay's opening possession, but an offsides penalty negated the pick. He then used his legs to pick up a first down and extend the drive and on the following play, Nelson hauled in a reception near the right sideline, juked a defender and ran untouched to the end zone for a 59-yard score. Following a Carolina three-and-out, the Packers faced little resistance driving back into the red zone for another touchdown. Nelson made three grabs on the 56-yard trek, which Eddie Lacy capped with an easy 5-yard rushing score. Backup running back James Starks joined the party late in the first quarter when he muscled his way into the end zone from 13 yards out, giving Green Bay a 21-0 lead less than 13 minutes into the game. "I don't think the defense gave us an opportunity to win in the first quarter," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said. "I'm disappointed." Carolina finally got some momentum by picking up two first downs early in the second quarter, but its drive stalled near midfield. Brad Nortman pinned Green Bay at its own 6-yard line, but that just meant more yards for Rodgers and Lacy. The Packers went 94 yards in nine plays, punching in their fourth touchdown when Rodgers rolled to his right and fired to an open Cobb near the right pylon for a 3-yard score. Graham Gano kicked a 33-yard field goal as the clock ran out on the first half to get the Panthers within 28-3 at intermission. Newton was stuffed on a quarterback keeper on 4th-and-1 from near midfield on the first possession of the second half, and Rodgers took advantage of the short field by finding rookie Davante Adams for a 21-yard gain and another Green Bay touchdown. Mason Crosby's 34-yard field goal late in the third made it 38-3. Carolina scored a pair of garbage-time touchdowns to make the final score more respectable. Newton found star rookie Kelvin Benjamin for a 13-yard marker early in the fourth, and Derek Anderson and Brenton Bersin connected from a yard out with 1:24 to play.
Game Notes: Rodgers matched Bart Starr's franchise record with his sixth straight game without an interception...Cobb has eight touchdown receptions this season, matching a career-high set in 2012...Nelson has caught a touchdown pass in four straight games...Green Bay improved to 31-3 at home when Rodgers starts...Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (knee) returned from a three-week absence and ran for 55 yards on 14 carries.
                          CAROLINA   GREEN BAY
First downs                     23          22
Rushes-yards                25-108      30-122
Net Passing yards              223         241
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     39-22-1     24-19-0
Sacked-Yards Lost             3-25        2-14
Punts-Average               7-53.9      5-55.2
Fumbles-Lost                   0-0         1-0
Penalties-Yards               9-70        5-29
Time of Possession           30:11       29:49
CAROLINA  -   0   3   0  14  - 17
GREEN BAY -  21   7  10   0  - 38
1st - GB - Jordy Nelson, 59-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Eddie Lacy, 5-yard run (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
1st - GB - James Starks, 13-yard run (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 21-0
2nd - GB - Randall Cobb, 3-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 28-0
2nd - CAR - Graham Gano, 33-yard field goal GREEN BAY 28-3
3rd - GB - Davante Adams, 21-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 35-3
3rd - GB - Crosby, 34-yard field goal GREEN BAY 38-3
4th - CAR - Kelvin Benjamin, 13-yard pass from Cam Newton (Gano kick) GREEN BAY 38-10
4th - CAR - Brenton Bersin, 1-yard pass from Derek Anderson (Gano kick) GREEN BAY 38-17
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Eddie Lacy 12-63 1 TD, James Starks 7-36 1 TD, Aaron Rodgers 3-21, John Kuhn 2-4, Randall Cobb 1-2, Dujuan Harris 2-(-1), Matt Flynn 3-(-3)
CAROLINA - James Stewart 13-50, Cam Newton 7-41, Chris Ogbonnaya 5-17
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 22-19-255 3 TD, Matt Flynn 2-0-0
CAROLINA - Cam Newton 31-17-205 1 TD 1 INT, Derek Anderson 8-5-43 1 TD
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Randall Cobb 6-121 1 TD, Jordy Nelson 4-80 1 TD, Eddie Lacy 3-10, Davante Adams 1-21 1 TD, Andrew Quarless 1-9, James Starks 1-7, Kevin Dorsey 1-4, Brandon Bostick 1-2, Richard Rodgers 1-2
CAROLINA - Gregg Olsen 8-105, Kelvin Benjamin 3-61 1 TD, Jericho Cotchery 3-21, Brenton Bersin 3-21 1 TD, Brandon Williams 2-22, Jason Avant 2-6, James Stewart 1-12
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
Sunday October 19th
BUFFALO 17, Minnesota 16 - Kyle Orton found Sammy Watkins for a 2- yard touchdown with one second left to lift the Buffalo Bills to a 17-16 win over the visiting Minnesota Vikings. The prospect of the Bills winning appeared dim when Orton was sacked at the Buffalo 40 on third down inside the two-minute warning. However, the veteran quarterback converted a 4th-and-20 with a 24-yard pass to Scott Chandler. Orton later hit Chris Hogan near the sideline at the 2 for 28 yards before spiking the ball to stop the clock with five seconds remaining. Orton then connected to Watkins in the front left corner of the end zone, and Dan Carpenter made the decisive extra point. The Bills (4-3) overcame four turnovers and the loss of running backs Fred Jackson (groin) and C.J. Spiller (shoulder). Orton turned the ball over twice while finishing 31-of-43 for 283 yards and two touchdowns to the rookie Watkins. Minnesota rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, making his first road start, was 15-of-26 for just 157 yards. He threw his first touchdown pass, but was also picked off twice by Leodis McKelvin in the Vikings' third straight loss. A bright spot for the Vikings (2-5) was Jerick McKinnon. The rookie rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries against a Buffalo defense that entered Week 7 leading the NFL in allowing 67.5 yards per game on the ground.
Miami 27, CHICAGO 24 - Ryan Tannehill was nearly perfect in the first half, and the Miami Dolphins put last week's stinging loss to Green Bay behind them with a 27-14 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field. Tannehill completed his first 14 passes and misfired only once in the opening 30 minutes as the Dolphins built a 14-0 lead. He finished the contest 25-of-32 for 277 yards with a pair of touchdowns and no interceptions, adding 48 yards on six carries. Lamar Miller ran for 61 yards with a touchdown for Miami (3-3), which forced three Chicago turnovers and sent the Bears (3-4) to their third loss without at win at home. It's Chicago's worst home start since 2004. Jay Cutler completed 21-of-34 passes for 190 yards with a touchdown and an interception in defeat. Matt Forte totaled 109 yards from scrimmage with a touchdown catch and a rushing score for the Bears, while Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 48 yards
Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Jamari Lattimore sacks Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. - Image credit: Rick Wood
Green Bay Packers cornerback Casey Hayward runs with the ball after intercepting a pass. - Image credit: Mark Hoffman
Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy picks up 11 yards and a first down in the first half. - Image credit: Rick Wood
against his former team.
DETROIT 24, New Orleans 23 - Corey Fuller's touchdown catch inside of two minutes to play capped a late Detroit comeback to give the Lions a 24-23 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Matthew Stafford struggled for much of the game, but led two fourth-quarter touchdown drives for Detroit and finished 27-of-40 for 299 yards with two scoring passes and two interceptions. Golden Tate stepped up again in place of an inactive Calvin Johnson as he caught 10 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown, while Joique Bell added a rushing touchdown for the Lions (5-2), who have won their past two games. Drew Brees went 28-for-45 for 342 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for the Saints (2-4), who have lost all four of their road contests this season. Marques Colston had six catches for 111 yards, while Kenny Stills added five receptions for 103 yards and a score in the loss.
NFC NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
Detroit      5   2   0   .714   140  105
GREEN BAY    5   2   0   .714   195  154
Chicago      3   4   0   .429   167  171
Minnesota    2   5   0   .286   125  166