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article imageNFL: Packers win over Panthers with a good game from Woodson

By Austin Tyler     Sep 18, 2011 in Sports
Charlotte - Looking at this match-up, it was rookie quarterback versus a Super Bowl MVP, and in the end you might think "blowout.| But the Packers-Panthers game
was closer than expected with Cam Newton having another big game, but Charles Woodson stole the show.
The Green Bay Packers (2-0) visited a the Carolina Panthers (0-2) for a Week 2 matchup that locked the worst team from last season up with the best team from last season. The Panthers are looking to win more games than last year after going 2-17. The Packers are looking to possibly repeat as Super Bowl champs after a great season last year. Cam Newton had a big day throwing the ball for the Panthers, but the turnovers killed him. Aaron Rodgers also had a big day, but showed what experience in this game can as he had no turnovers.
The Panthers started the game with the ball and promise as they got their offense going early. Cam Newton (28-46, 432 yards 1 TD, 3 Int’s) came out throwing the ball and looked good doing so. Newton moved the Panthers 85-yards on their opening drive in 10 plays as he was 7 for 8 on the drive. Newton had hit Greg Olsen (1 reception, 34 yards) for a touchdown, but it was nullified by an illegal shift penalty. Three plays later Newton hit Brandon LaFell (4 receptions, 49 yards, 1 TD) with a three-yard pass that gave them a 7-0 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff the Panthers recovered the ball after Packers’ rookie Randall Cobb fumbled the ball and Sean Considine recovered it. This gave the Panthers decent field-position, but they could only move the ball 24-yards before settling for a field-goal. Olindo Mare came on and kicked 20-yard field-goal to give the Panthers a quick 10-0 lead over the Packers. On the Packers next drive they could not move the ball as they went three and out before punting the ball away.
The Panthers took over and moved the ball again on the Packers defense. Newton used his arm again on this drive as he hit receiver Steve Smith (6 receptions, 156 yards) on a 21-yard pass and Olsen for a 34-yard gain as they went 54-yards on the drive. The drive came to a halt when Newton threw to incomplete passes and mare came on for a 33-yard field-goal to give them a 13-0, lead early in the second quarter.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers got things going on this drive as they moved the ball 81-yards. Rodgers took the Packers offense down the field using no huddle and shotgun formation to score their first points of the game. Rodgers hit tight end Jermichael Finley (5 receptions, 68 yards) for a 39-yard reception then continued to piece his way down the field. John Kuhn finished the drive with his only carry and yard of the night for a one-yard touchdown run. The Packers were now only down 13-7.
The Panthers went three and out on their next drive being forced to punt. The Packers could not do anything on their next drive as they were forced to punt also, but after five plays. Carolina took over and tried to move the ball down the field, but Charles Woodson of the Packers intercepted a Newton pass gave the ball right back to the Packers.
Green Bay took over but had trouble moving the ball on their drive. They got one first down, but struggled to move the ball again after that. The Packers even went for it fourth down, but was stopped by the Panthers defense and they turned it over on downs. The Panthers could not take advantage of the turnover, and ended up punting it away to end the half and go in with a 13-7 lead.
The Packers got the ball to start the third quarter and they came out moving as they went 80-yards in just 5 plays. Rodgers connected with Greg Jennings (2 receptions, 55 yards, 1 TD)on a 49-yard boom that gave them a 14-13 lead.
The Panthers took over for their opening drive of the second half, but fell short when Newton threw another interception. Newton’s pass was picked off by Charles Woodson again who now had two on the day. The Packers scored on the ensuing drive, but it was only a field-goal by Mason Crosby. Green Bay went three and out before Crosby came on an added a 37-yard field-goal that made it a 17-13 lead.
Carolina had troubles with turnovers again as Smith was hit and fumbled after his reception. Morgan Burnett forced the fumble with a big hit, and Woodson was there to scoop up the mess. Green Bay moved the ball 67-yards on this drive, but one again had to settle for a field-goal after the drive stalled. Crosby came on and kicked a 19-yard field-goal that gave them a 20-13 lead.
Burnett made another big play for the Packers defense with an interception on the Panthers next drive. Newton tried to hit one of his receivers, but Burnett swooped in and picked the ball off for the Packers. Green Bay took over and moved the ball 37-yards, but could not get it in the endzone. The Packers had to settle for a field-goal again and Crosby came on to kick a 34-yard field-goal that made it 23-13 in favor of the Packers.
Carolina kept in close as they were able to get things going on this drive. The Panthers went 78-yards on this drive in 13 plays, but could not put it in the endzone. The Panthers had their chance, but settled for a 21-yard field-goal from Mare to get them back in the game. The Panthers were now only down by seven-points, 23-16.
Green Bay’s next drive was ugly as they went three and out and punted the ball back to the Panthers with time to go and score. The Panthers put Newton in the shotgun and let him go to work as he moved Carolina 65-yards on this drive. The play came down to Newton scrambling to bet the first down, but fell short and the Packers took over.
On the Packers next drive they only used two plays to go 96-yards in .55 seconds. Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson for his only catch of the day, but it was a big one was he went 84 yards for a touchdown. The touchdown made it a 30-16 game and pretty much sealed the victory for the Packers.
Newton did not give up as he moved the Panthers 83-yards and ran the ball in himself to score a touchdown. Newton passed the ball well on this drive as it took them just eight plays to make it a 30-23 game after he ran the ball in from 4-yards out. The Packers got the ball back and Rodgers took a knee to end the game and give the Packers a great start to a young season.
Packers safety Nick Collins was carried off the field on a stretcher after he injured his neck in the fourth quarter. Collins was injured as he tried to tackle Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (6 carries, 5 yards) on a catch. Stewart tried to hurdle Collins, whose head appeared to hit Stewart's left hip as he dove for Stewart's legs. Collins' neck bent awkwardly on the hit and he landed face down on the turf.
The Green Bay Packers will be on the road for their next game as well going to Chicago to take on the Bears. The Carolina Panthers will be back at home as they host the Jacksonville Jaguars for a tough match-up.
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